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Princess Yasmin Aga Khan, Allen Brill, Lily Safra

Princess Yasmin Aga Khan, Allen Brill, Lily Safra at
The 2008 Alzheimer's Association Rita Hayworth Gala; 
"After 25 Years...A Sparkling Silver Celebration"

Photo by:  Patrick McMullan


The 2009 Alzheimer’s Association
Rita Hayworth Gala

Themed “So Near & Yet So Far”

Tuesday, October 27, 2009



This year’s Alzheimer’s Association Rita Hayworth Gala, themed “So Near & Yet So Far,” takes place on Tuesday, October 27, 2009 in the Grand Ballroom of the Waldorf=Astoria Hotel.  As always, this event promises to be one of the most glamorous and highly anticipated evenings of the season.

The annual Rita Hayworth Gala is one of New York City’s most prestigious and successful fundraising events.  Last year, the Gala raised more than $2 million.  Over the past 24 years, the Rita Hayworth Galas in New York and Chicago have raised more than $50 million for the Alzheimer’s Association mission of providing and enhancing care and support for all affected and eliminating Alzheimer's disease through the advancement of research.  Princess Yasmin Aga Khan established the Gala in as a tribute to her mother, Rita Hayworth, who lived with Alzheimer’s disease for many years before her death in 1987.

This year, Muffie Potter Aston is the Rita Hayworth Award recipient, Lonnie Wollin, Esq. is the Lifetime Achievement Award recipient and John, Margo, Andrea and John Jr. Catsimatidis are the recipient of the Family Philanthropy Award.   Princess Yasmin Aga Khan is the Founder and General Chair; Alexandra Lebenthal is the Gala Chair; Allen Brill is the Underwriting Chair; Muffie Potter Aston is the Sponsor Chair; Nancy Corzine is the Décor Chair; Nurit Kahane Haase is the Journal Chair; Donna Dixon Aykroyd, Somers Farkas, Susan Hess, Kathy Hilton, and Anne Hearst McInerney are the Auction Co-Chairs; Chele Upton Chiavacci, Hilary Dick, and Andrea Stark are the Gift Bag Co-Chairs; and Dennis Basso and Mark Locks are the Corporate Committee Co-Chairs.  Rolex Watch USA, Inc. is Underwriting the Gala. 


The cocktail reception and silent auction for this black tie gala start at 6:30 p.m., followed by the award presentation, dinner and dancing at 7:30 p.m. 
The Stingers
band will provide entertainment for the evening.  Support levels are as follows: Tables at $50,000, $35,000, $25,000, $12,500; Tickets at
$5,000, $3,500, $2,500, $1,250.


The Alzheimer's Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer care, support and research.  Our mission 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 the promotion of brain health.  Our vision is a world without Alzheimer’s. 

For more information about Alzheimer’s disease,  please visit:  or call 1-800-272-3900.


For Gala ticket information, contact the Gala Benefit Office, at (212) 843-1712, fax to (212) 843-1730 or e-mail




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