31 years on, Princess Yasmin Aga Khan’s Rita Hayworth Gala marks unrelenting fight against Alzheimer’s disease

By A. Maherali

For over three decades now and every year since the mid-eighties, on the Saturday before Mother’s Day Sunday, Princess Yasmin hosts a grand gala dinner in memory of her mother – Rita Hayworth, benefiting Alzheimer’s Association. This grand gala, continues to be an enduring legacy of one daughter’s love for and commitment to her mother, a commitment that has stretched over time and place – now celebrated for more than 30 years in both Chicago and New York, raising millions of dollars for awareness and research, and benefiting millions more – victims and families across America.

 

Princess Yasmin Aga Khan welcoming supporters at at the 2007 Rita Hayworth Gala, Alzheimer’s Association. (Image credit: JOE SCHILDHORN/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
Princess Yasmin Aga Khan welcoming supporters at at the 2007 Rita Hayworth Gala, Alzheimer’s Association. (Image credit: JOE SCHILDHORN/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)

“This year marks what would have been my mother’s 100th birthday.”

 

– Princess Yasmin Aga Khan
Chicago, IL, USA
May 12, 2018

 

On Saturday, May 12th, more than 700 guests celebrated at the 31st Annual Alzheimer’s Association Chicago Rita Hayworth Gala underwritten by Rolex.  Over a million dollars was raised at the grand gala at the Hilton Chicago.

 

Princess Yasmin Aga Khan with Members of the Steering Committee, Chicago Rita Hayworth Gala, Alzheimer’s Association. (Image credit: Alzheimer’s Association)
Princess Yasmin Aga Khan with Members of the Steering Committee, Chicago Rita Hayworth Gala, Alzheimer’s Association. (Image credit: Alzheimer’s Association)

 

More than anything, we are grateful to Princess Yasmin Aga Khan, who is a shining example of the difference one person can make.

 

Her imagination has grown this cause and brought hope and inspiration to millions for over 30 years.

 

May we all be inspired by her passion and commitment to making Alzheimer’s a thing of the past.”

 

– Stewart Wicht,

President & CEO, Rolex Watch USA

Chicago, IL, USA
May 12, 2018

 

Begun in New York in 1984 by Princess Yasmin Aga Khan in honor of her mother Rita Hayworth, the gala recognizes individuals who have a personal connection to the disease and use their national platform to raise awareness and provide support for the more than 5 million Americans and the estimated 16 million who are serving as caregivers impacted by the disease. Under her leadership, over $74 million has been raised through the Chicago and New York Rita Hayworth galas. All funds raised through the galas support the Alzheimer’s Association’s research, care, and support programs.

Discover, Explore & Learn more via:

  1. https://www.alz.org/galas/Chicago/overview.asp
  2. http://www.classicchicagomagazine.com/rita-hayworth-gala-sweet-imagination/
  3. http://makeitbetter.net/philanthropy/natalie-morales-honored-alzheimers-association-rita-hayworth-gala/
  4. https://www.alz.org/galas/Chicago/downloads/RHGProgram.pdf
  5. https://www.alz.org/galas/Chicago/overview.asp

 

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Alzheimer’s disease is the sixth-leading cause of death in the United States and the only cause of death among the top 10 in the United States that cannot be prevented, cured or even slowed.

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One thought

  1. What more can a loving daughter do in memory of her mother. Congratulations to all the donors and more so to the volunteers who spend hundreds of hours with patients who have this disease. Today, many volunteers give their time for good causes and donors who give for this great cause.

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