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Fighting Alzheimer’s, One Lunch at a Time

Saturday, March 17, 2018
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More than $300,000 was raised Tuesday, March 13, 2018, during the first Women’s Luncheon of The Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation (ADDF) held at Club Colette in Palm Beach. The elegant event honored Alzheimer’s advocate Kim Campbell, widow of singer Glen Campbell, and attracted 165 guests. Among those in attendance were Judy Glickman Lauder, Judy Bronfman, Susie Elson, Susan Keenan and new husband Bob Wright, Dana Koch, Ruth Baum, Elena Brim, Vicki Kellogg, Ginger Feuer, Phil Gross, Bobba Paul Houseman, Mary Alice Pappas, Cobey Rapaport, Robbi Toll and Janice Worth, plus ADDF board members Bonnie Pfeifer Evans, Bonnie Englebardt Lautenberg, Elise Lefkowitz, Thomas F. McWilliams and Sharon Sager.

 

 

Jane Seymour, who gave the luncheon’s Welcome address, said Alzheimer’s disease is a threat to everyone over 70 years old, with one out of two people over 80 affected along with their families.  “I met Leonard Lauder several years ago, and Kim Campbell is one of my closest friends,” says the award-winning actress/producer and philanthropist. “What Kim went through was remarkable after Glen was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. They basically lived it on stage. I told her you can make a difference in the world now by teaching others how to be caregivers.”

 

Kim, a former Radio City Rockette, and mother of three musicians, lost her husband of 30 years on Aug. 8, 2017, after his public battle with the disease. Under the direction of Seymour’s  former husband James Keach, Glen made a 2014 documentary film about his struggles called, “I’ll Be Me,” and performed 151 shows after his diagnosis.

 

During the past few months, Kim, who now lives in Nashville, has traveled around the U.S. speaking about the disease so she can help others cope. “I created caregiving.org to encourage caregivers to take charge of themselves so they will be in the best condition to help their loved one,” Kim tells AVENUE. “Glen struggled but had a good outlook on life. When he entered the disease’s later stages, I wanted to continue the story by helping others cope with the disease, and its financial toll. Becoming an advocate has been a joy for me.”

 

Lauder, on behalf of ADDF, presented the Great Ladies Award to Kim, telling luncheon guests that Kim has shown us all what grace under pressure looks like. “Together, she and Glen presented the world another face of Alzheimer’s,” he said.

 

According to ADDF statistics, there are more than 44 million people worldwide who suffer from Alzheimer’s and related dementias. ADDF has invested more than $90 million to fund 500 research programs at academic centers and biotechnology companies in 18 countries.

 

The luncheon featured a conversation among Seymour, Dr. Roberta Diaz Brinton, PhD and Director of the Center for Innovation in Brain Science at the University of Arizona, and Dr. Howard Fillit, Founding Executive Director and Chief Science Officer of ADDF. They discussed promising new treatments in development thanks to the donations from ADDF.

 

“We have made incredible progress with our research, and its truly the most exciting time now because of the knowledge we have gained and new drugs being introduced,” says Dr. Fillit. “And we are understanding why there are more women affected by Alzheimer’s than men.”

 

Guests dined on grilled chicken with risotto and blistered tomatoes followed by chocolate mousse with fresh raspberries.  A robust live auction conducted by Thomas C. Quick included such prizes as a dazzling pair of Lorenz Baumer Ombres earrings, a luxury yacht cruise from Fleet Miami, and a year of beauty at Anushka Spa in W. Palm Beach.

 


Founded in 1999 by Leonard and Ronald Lauder, ADDF is the only philanthropic organization solely focused on accelerating the development of drugs to prevent and treat Alzheimer’s disease. All money raised for ADDF supports drug research programs around the world.  

Luncheons like these help raise awareness of this dreaded disease and open the doors to discovery. With 100 percent of the donations going to support drug research programs, this event was a rousing success. 



 

 “Two out of every three Alzheimer’s patients are women,” says co-chair Jan Willinger. “To continue to raise awareness of Alzheimer’s disease, we need to end the silence.”

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