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Meet our Power Elite: Yasmin Aga Khan

Monday, October 23, 2017

AVENUE’s revamped Power Elite A-List features select New Yorkers who have made the city the epicenter of finance, arts, culture and entertainment. In keeping with our issue’s focus on women’s empowerment, throughout October we’ll profile standout females who have significantly contributed to various aspects of life in New York.

Tuesday, October 24th will mark the 34th annual Alzheimer’s Association Rita Hayworth Gala, taking place at Cipriani 42nd Street, to raise critical funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research programs.

The Gala was started by Yasmin Aga Khan, Rita Hayworth’s daughter, three decades ago to honor Hayworth who passed away from Alzheimer’s disease.

“My relationship with my mother created my sense of urgency to spread the word about Alzheimer’s disease.” Khan said. “When my mother was first diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, I was shocked that no one was talking about the disease and I knew something needed to be done.”

Khan’s lifetime dedication to Alzheimer’s care and research has earned her a spot on AVENUE’s 2017 Power Elite A-List. “It means so much to me because the work that I do with the Alzheimer’s Association is not only important to me, but I know how important it is to so many people who are affected by Alzheimer’s disease.” Khan said.

Throughout Khan’s career she has served on a number of committees dedicated to a fight against Alzheimer’s. She is currently the President of Alzheimer’s Disease International, and Vice Chairman of the Alzheimer’s and Related Disorders Association.

Of her leadership positions Khan said, “I have learned how important it is to be surrounded by passionate, caring and generous people. I have always been grateful to have these types of people standing beside my and know the success of the Rita Hayworth events wouldn’t be possible without them.”

This year the Rita Hayworth Gala will be emceed by Willie Geist, host of NBC News’ Sunday TODAY with Willie Geist and Co-Host of MSNBC’s Morning Joe. The 2017 Gala is hosted by Yasmin Aga Khan herself, and has been Co-Chaired by Karyn Kornfeld, Robin Meltzer and Daryl Simon.

This year editor in chief of ELLE and judge on Lifetime’s Project Runway Nina Garcia will also be honored with the Champion Award for her commitment to fighting Alzheimer’s and her many efforts to raise awareness of the disease.

Since it’s start in 1983 the events in New York City, Chicago and Palm Beach have raised over $72 million for the Alzheimer’s Association. These funds, combined with other donations, have helped the Alzheimer’s Association make significant progress toward their mission to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease.

“I joined forces with Jerry Stone and Lonnie Wollin, who were the key players in the creation of the Alzheimer’s Association.” Khan said. “Because of their close family connections to the disease, we were all on the same page with hopes that others wouldn’t have to go through the same journey alone.”

“I have very fond memories as a young girl of special times with my mother. Some of my favorites are vacationing on the island of Maui, swimming together in our Beverly Hills pool with our dachshunds and watching my mother on the set of Circus World.” Khan said.

“Spreading awareness about Alzheimer’s has always been my focus and I hope that by receiving this honor I am able to reach a greater audience.”


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