Chicago Rita Hayworth Gala

Event Postponed Until Further Notice

The health and safety of our constituents, volunteers and staff remain our driver as we address the COVID-19 outbreak, and continue to pursue our mission, today and in the longer term. Based on the guidance from local public health agencies, the Chicago Rita Hayworth Gala originally planned for May 9, 2020 will be postponed to a future date.

A Message From Our Gala Chairs


Dear Friends,

We deeply appreciate all of your many contributions, your resilience in these challenging times, and your relentless dedication to the mission of the Alzheimer’s Association. Alzheimer's disease does not stop even in the midst of this global pandemic, and we will not slow down our efforts toward a world without Alzheimer’s and all other dementia.

Barbie and I are committed to staying on as Chairs for the Chicago Rita Hayworth Gala. Even though we will not be able to celebrate with you this spring, we need your support to continue our important work in providing Alzheimer’s care and support and accelerating research. We look forward to continuing planning and celebrating “The Greatest Moment on Earth” with you all soon. Thank you again for all that you do and we hope that you all continue to stay healthy and safe.

Very Best,

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2020 Co-Chairs

Barbie and Bruce Taylor

Steering Committee Members

Barbie and Bruce Taylor have been longtime supporters of the Alzheimer’s Association and the Chicago Rita Hayworth Gala, with Barbie serving on the Chicago Rita Hayworth Gala committee for more than 15 years.
The family first became involved with the Alzheimer’s Association through Bruce’s grandfather, Shirley Tark, when his grandmother Lillian was living with the disease. Jerome Stone, founder of the Alzheimer’s Association, helped Shirley navigate through the difficult time — a gesture that the family still remembers and deeply appreciates to this day.
Over the years, the disease continued to take a devastating toll on their family. Together, Barbie and Bruce have lost three parents to the disease. However, they turned their loss and frustration into passion toward finding a cure. Fighting Alzheimer’s is a family affair for the Taylors. Alongside members of their family, they chaired the 2006 gala and will chair and serve as presenting sponsors of the 2020 event.
Barbie and Bruce are dedicated supporters to several organizations such as the Alzheimer’s Association, Boys & Girls Club of America, Hillels of Illinois, Metropolitan Planning Council, InterFaith Family, NextLevel Exchange, and the Jewish Federation of Chicago and Partners for Progress.
Bruce sits on the Chicago Advisory Board of Fifth Third Bank. Barbie is a physical therapist.

They live in Northbrook, IL. They have three children and three grandchildren.

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