A longtime friend of The Smith Center and a renowned figure in arts and entertainment is now honored just outside the center’s doors.
Las Vegas just renamed a stretch of Clark Avenue — the portion connecting The Smith Center to the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health — after the late Robin Leach, widely beloved for his roles as an entertainment writer with the Las Vegas Review-Journal and a passionate supporter of the performing arts in Southern Nevada. He also gained national prominence as the vibrant former host of “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous.”
Fellow arts lovers and friends of the Lou Ruvo Center can now drive down Robin Leach Lane as they celebrate what he personally embraced.
Leach, who called Las Vegas home for nearly 20 years, advocated for The Smith Center’s success from the very start.
Present at the center’s opening night gala in March 2012, Leach steadfastly promoted, featured and attended countless performances at the center over the ensuing years. He even appeared on stage during the state’s sesquicentennial celebration in 2014. As a subscriber for the center’s Broadway Las Vegas Series, he helped contribute to the center’s operations.
An avid philanthropist, Leach also gifted significant funding and personal time to supporting the Lou Ruvo Center.
In an appropriate tribute to the vivacious Leach, who passed in August 2018 following a stroke months prior, a recent dedication ceremony included numerous high-profile figures of Las Vegas, including Mayor Carolyn Goodman and entertainment writer John Katsilometes, who hosted the event.
“It is appropriate that the street that connects the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health and The Smith Center be named for a man who was a great supporter of both institutions,” says Myron Martin, president and CEO of The Smith Center. “We miss him dearly.”
*Photo taken by Kevin Cannon with the Las Vegas Review-Journal
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