Last night, the Alzheimer’s Association® Rita Hayworth Gala was held at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City, raising more than $1.6 million for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Founder and Gala Chair, Princess Yasmin Aga Khan, was joined by her Gala Co-Chair Nicole Sexton, honorees Louise and Stephen Kornfeld and family as well as Mark Locks. Additional guests included Brooke Shields, Patty and John McEnroe, Deborah Norville, Hilary and Bryant Gumbel, Tommy Hilfiger, Brendan Shanahan, Regis Philbin, and Lisa Rinna.
This year marks the 31st anniversary of the Rita Hayworth Gala, which Princess Aga Khan established in honor of her mother, legendary actress Rita Hayworth, who lived with Alzheimer’s for many years before succumbing to the disease in 1987. Since the inaugural Rita Hayworth Gala in New York more than three decades ago, the New York and Chicago events have raised more than $65 million to support Alzheimer’s Association’s critical care and research programs.
Perfectly fitting the theme of the evening, which celebrated a ‘timeless Hollywood icon’, guests enjoyed performances by Ronnie Spector and Lesley Gore. They were also treated to a preview clip of the upcoming film "Still Alice," starring Julianne Moore and Kristen Stewart, which beautifully tells the story of a Columbia University linguistics professor who receives a devastating diagnosis of Early-onset Alzheimer's Disease and finds her family bonds thoroughly tested.
Throughout the Gala, guests were able to bid on many luxurious auction items, generously donated by long-term supporters of the cause, including a unique Dennis Basso fur and a three-course dining experience in your home with Chef Eric Ripert of the three Michelin Star restaurant, Le Bernardin.
Princess Yasmin Aga Khan, Gala Co-Chair Nicole Sexton, and the Alzheimer’s Association honored the Kornfeld Family with the Family Philanthropy Award, for their significant commitment to the cause, along with Mark Locks who received the Champion Award, which recognizes individuals for their support and dedication in the fight against Alzheimer’s.
Additional guests in attendance included Alzheimer’s Association’s President and CEO Harry Johns and Chief Strategy Officer Angela Geiger, and Gala Steering Committee members Muffie Potter Aston; Sharon Bush; Margo Catsimatidis; Liliana Cavendish; Chele Upton Chiavacci; Somers Farkas; Nurit Kahane Haase; Michele Herbert; Susan Hess; Robin Meltzer and Daryl Simon with Young Leadership Committee members Lizzie Meltzer; Shera Kaan-Lilly and Noah Samuels.