With spring comes the annual Alzheimer’s Association Chicago Rita Hayworth Gala which attracts hundreds of guests recognizing the breakthroughs and commending developments made when it comes to combatting Alzheimer’s. This year’s theme, “Time Is Of The Essence,” also honors the more than 210,000 Illinois residents and 5 million Americans living with the disease. All of the proceeds raised through the event support the Alzheimer’s Association’s care, care support and research programs. The spring festivities in Chicago include a performance by the CoverGirls violin show and live music by Orchestra 33. Jon Harris of ConAgra Foods will emcee the event, held at the Hilton Chicago.
June D. Barnard, co-chair of the Chicago gala committee says, “Funds raised at the Rita Hayworth Gala to benefit the Alzheimer’s Association provide hope for a future treatments and eventually a cure, and a lifeline for families who need support and guidance as they face this disease today. For people living with Alzheimer’s diseases and their family members, time is truly of essence. Last year’s efforts generated an astounding $1.3 million, thanks to the generosity of individual donors and corporate sponsors.
Under the guidance of Princess Yasmin Aga Khan, who created the Rita Hayworth Galas to pay tribute to her legendary mother Rita, the organization has now raised over $68 million through the galas held in Chicago, New York and Palm Beach. These funds, along with other contributions, help the Alzheimer’s Association work on a global, national and local level to enhance care, raise awareness, advance research and offer support for those affected by the disease.
More at the source: Irene Michaels – 05/05/2016 – HuffPost Chicago