General Chair and Founder

Princess Yasmin Aga Khan

General Chair and Founder

Founded by Princess Yasmin Aga Khan in honor of her mother, Rita Hayworth, who died as a result of Alzheimer’s disease, the first Rita Hayworth Gala was held in New York in 1984. The event expanded to Chicago in 1987. Combined, the Rita Hayworth Galas have raised more than $77 million for the cause.

2021 Gala 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.

Gala Steering Committee

Jaclyn Cantore
Michelle Carter
Ana Cummins
Mark Desky
Susan & Jim Draddy
Pat Garrison
Tara Gibney
Betsy & Dave Goltermann
Julie Gordon
Allie & Jon Harris
Corey Fitzpatrick Huth
Gail Joseph
Paul Keidan
Zahir Lavji
Fifi & Ron Levin
Abby & Tyson May 
Leslie & David McGranahan
Blythe & David Mendelson
Linda & Bob Mendelson
David Moscow
The Murphy Family: Dan, JoAnn, Dan & Jim
Phoebe & Michael Nitekman
Sadruddin Noorani
Joan & Paul Rubschlager
Amy & Stuart Savitz
Kathy Schmalen-Abbene
Lori Stern
Leslie & David Storch
Barbie & Bruce Taylor
Holly & Jeffrey Taylor

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Young Champions Committee

Carly & Scott Bernstein
Johh Chwarzynski
Megan, Shea, Sara & Jimmy Draddy
Buddy & Ryan Erwin
Julie & Ben Hockenberg
Kelanie, Bradley & Charles Huth
Alison Jurek
Kelly Morgan
Jim Murphy
Rachel Winer & Michael Storch
Ebrahim & Rozmin Valliani

Honorary Steering Committee

June D. Barnard
Cathy & Ken Edge
Carole Feiger
Wendy & Glen Miller
Judy & Ron Moore
Maggie & Michael Murzanski
Susan Spritz Myers
Sugar Rautbord
Cindy Trestman

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