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.