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30th Annual Rita Hayworth Gala Chicago

30th Annual Rita Hayworth Gala Chicago
30th Annual Rita Hayworth Gala Chicago

The 30th Annual Alzheimer’s Association Chicago Rita Hayworth Gala will be held on Mother’s Day eve, May 13th. This year’s theme The Big Picture is a reflection of the progress made over the course of the three decades since the event was founded, as well as a look forward at the work that is left to be done to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease. The gala pays tribute to the more than 220,000 residents from Illinois and the more than 5 million Americans who are living with the disease, and the future generations that will be affected unless treatment, prevention and ultimately a cure is found.

This annual spring black tie event attracts more than 800 guests and includes a cocktail reception, three-course dinner, program, auctions and live music by the Ken Arlen Evolution Orchestra. Princess Yasmin Aga Khan, Rita Hayworth’s daughter, returns as general chair of the event. The Chicago gala committee is led by co-chairs Betsy and David Goltermann. Chicago’s own Jon Harris, senior vice president and chief communications officer for ConAgra Brands returns as emcee of the event.

Over the course of its 30-year history, the Chicago Rita Hayworth Gala has honored esteemed local and national Alzheimer’s advocates. This year’s award recipients are:

  • 2017 Alzheimer’s Association Family Philanthropy Award will honor The Murphy Family: Daniel, JoAnn, Dan and James, two generations who have come together to continue to raise awareness of Alzheimer’s.
  • 2017 Alzheimer’s Association Civic Award will honor Cathy Edge, a longtime supporter of the Alzheimer’s Association who became an active volunteer more than 17 years ago, and served on the national board from 2003-2013. She currently serves on the board of the Alzheimer’s Association Greater Illinois Chapter.

“My wife Betsy and I are extremely proud to lead the Rita Hayworth Gala as it reaches this significant milestone in raising critical awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s support and research,” said co-chair David Goltermann.  “As we reflect on the past 30 years, we are also looking forward at the continued work that needs to be done to ultimately end this devastating disease.”

Princess Yasmin Aga Khan established the Rita Hayworth Galas to pay tribute to her mother, Rita Hayworth, who lived with Alzheimer’s for many years before succumbing to the disease in 1987. Under Princess Yasmin Aga Khan’s leadership, over $70 million has been raised through the Chicago, Palm Beach and New York Rita Hayworth Galas. These funds, combined with other donations, have helped the Alzheimer’s Association make significant progress toward its mission to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease.

“This year’s event will offer the chance to bid on once-in-a-lifetime experiences such as a week-long stay at a Jamaican villa and exclusive Blackhawks tickets in the executive suite at the United Center,” added co-chair Betsy Goltermann, “Thanks to our generous guests, these funds will help the Alzheimer’s Association continue to fund cutting-edge research, and provide critical support services for families facing this disease.”

The 30th Annual Rita Hayworth Gala would not be possible without support from presenting sponsor Joan and Paul Rubschlager. All proceeds raised through the Chicago Rita Hayworth Gala events support the Alzheimer’s Association’s care, care support and research programs. For more information about the Alzheimer’s Association Chicago Rita Hayworth Gala or to order tickets, call the Alzheimer’s Association at (312) 604-1669 or visit

Chicago Magazine is the media sponsor.

“The Big Picture”

30th Anniversary of the Alzheimer’s Association Rita Hayworth Gala

May 13th, 2017

Hilton Chicago – 720 S. Michigan Avenue (Downtown Chicago)

Cocktail Reception Toasts at 6:30 p.m.

Dinner & Program 8 p.m.

Entertainment & Dancing to Follow

$750 individual and up

Attire: Formal, Black Tie Optional

About the Alzheimer’s Association®

The Alzheimer’s Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s 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. Visit® or call 800.272.3900.