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The Alzheimer’s Association Hosted The 32nd Annual Rita Hayworth Gala Honoring Michele and Larry Herbert at Cipriani 42nd Street

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Michele Herbert, Larry Herbert Photo - Owen Hoffman/ PMC

Michele Herbert, Larry Herbert
Photo – Owen Hoffman/ PMC

 

The 32nd annual Alzheimer’s Association Rita Hayworth Gala was held at Cipriani 42nd Street on Tuesday, October 27th, 2015. The event raised more than $2 million for critical Alzheimer’s care, support and research programs.

 

Willie Geist, co-anchor of The Today Show and Morning Joe emceed the event, which included remarks from Gala General Chair and Founder Princess Yasmin Aga Khan (daughter of Rita Hayworth) and 2015 Gala Chair Daryl Simon. Simon gave a moving speech about her mother’s battle with the disease, which inspired her to become involved with the Gala. Actress Kimberly Williams-Paisley poignantly spoke as a part of the program, sharing about her mother’s struggle with dementia.

 

Michele and Larry Herbert were honored with the Rita Hayworth Award. Michele spoke powerfully about her dedication to the cause drawing both laughter and tears from the crowd. The Herberts recently committed a substantial gift to create the Michele and Larry Herbert Younger-Onset Alzheimer’s in Women Fund as part  of the Alzheimer’s Association Women’s Alzheimer’s Research Fund, which will support critical research into gender vulnerabilities in Alzheimer’s and why woman are disproportionately affected by this disease.

 

Later in the evening, CBS News correspondent Michelle Miller introduced B. Smith and Dan Gasby as they were honored with the Alzheimer’s Association Champions Award for their dedication to the cause and for B.’s courage in announcing her own diagnosis. Actor Danny Glover send a personal video message honoring his close friends B. and Dan for “bravely using their voices for Alzheimer’s” calling them his champions and heroes. Model Klara Urbanova donned the stunning purple gown celebrated fashion designer Naeem Khan, a longtime supporter of the organization, designed as a part of his Purple Dress Partnership with the Gala, which was auctioned off to benefit the Alzheimer’s Association.

 

Notable attendees included: Daryl Simon (Gala Chair), Princess Yasmin Aga Khan (Gala Founder), Michele and Larry Herbert (Honorees), B. Smith and Dan Gasby (Honoree), Willie Geist (Emcee), Brooke Shields, Kimberly Williams-Paisley, Ray Kelly, Hunt Slonem, Patty Smyth McEnroe, Brendan Shanahan, Yaz Hernandez, Olivia Jordan, Robin Meltzer, Sharon Bush, Nicole Sexton, Jean Shafiroff, John and Margo Catsimatidis, Somers Farkas, Chele Chiavacci Farley, Margo Nederlander, Karyn Kornfeld, Carleton Varney, Harold Koda, Prince Dimitri of Yugoslavia and Anne Hearst and Jay McInerney.

 

The theme of this year’s Gala, ‘our future is crystal clear’, highlighted the gala steering committee’s commitment to the vision of a world without Alzheimer’s disease. Since the inaugural Rita Hayworth Gala over three decades ago, the New York, Chicago and Palm Beach events have now raised more than $68 million to support the Alzheimer’s Association. The mission of the Association is to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research, to provide and enhance care and support for all affected, and to reduce the risk of dementia through promotion of brain health.

 

 

NOTABLE ATTENDEES:

Daryl Simon (Gala Chair)                                                              Robin Meltzer

Princess Yasmin Aga Khan (Gala Founder)                           Sharon Bush

Michele and Larry Herbert (Honorees)                                 Nicole Sexton

B. Smith and Dan Gasby (Honoree)                                         Jean Shafiroff

Willie Geist (Emcee)                                                                     John and Margo Catsimatidis

Brooke Shields                                                                                                 Somers Farkas

Kimberly Williams-Paisley                                                          Chele Chiavacci Farley

Ray Kelly                                                                                             Margo Nederlander

Hunt Slonem                                                                                     Karyn Kornfeld

Patty Smyth McEnroe                                                                    Carleton Varney

Brendan Shanahan                                                                          Harold Koda

Yaz Hernandez                                                                                 Prince Dimitri of Yugoslavia

Olivia Jordan                                                                                     Anne Hearst and Jay McInerney

 

Princess Yasmin Aga Khan Photo - Owen Hoffman/ PMC

Princess Yasmin Aga Khan
Photo – Owen Hoffman/ PMC

Dan Gasby, B. Smith Photo - Owen Hoffman/ PMC

Dan Gasby, B. Smith
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Daryl Simon, Kimberly Williams-Paisley Photo - Owen Hoffman/ PMC

Daryl Simon, Kimberly Williams-Paisley
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Brooke Shields Photo - Owen Hoffman/ PMC

Brooke Shields
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Michele Herbert, Willie Geist, Daryl Simon Photo - Owen Hoffman/ PMC

Michele Herbert, Willie Geist, Daryl Simon
Photo – Owen Hoffman/ PMC

Raymond Kelly Owen Hoffman/ PMC

Raymond Kelly
Owen Hoffman/ PMC

Olivia Jordan Photo - Owen Hoffman/ PMC

Olivia Jordan
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Harold Koda Photo - Owen Hoffman/ PMC

Harold Koda
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Jean Shafiroff Photo - Owen Hoffman/ PMC

Jean Shafiroff
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Brendan Shanahan Photo - Owen Hoffman/ PMC

Brendan Shanahan
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Margo Catsimatidis, John Catsimatidis Photo - Owen Hoffman/ PMC

Margo Catsimatidis, John Catsimatidis
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Anne Hearst, Jay McInerney Photo - Owen Hoffman/ PMC

Anne Hearst, Jay McInerney
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Debbie Bancroft, Hunt Slonem Photo - Owen Hoffman/ PMC

Debbie Bancroft, Hunt Slonem
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Valentine Hernandez, Yaz Hernandez Photo - Owen Hoffman/ PMC

Valentine Hernandez, Yaz Hernandez
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Michele Herbert, Larry Herbert Photo - Owen Hoffman/ PMC

Michele Herbert, Larry Herbert
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Michele Herbert, Princess Aga Khan, B. Smith, Robin Meltzer, Daryl Simon  Photo - Owen Hoffman/ PMC

Michele Herbert, Princess Aga Khan, B. Smith, Robin Meltzer, Daryl Simon
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