Rita Hayworth Gala Leadership

Gala Founder

Princess Yasmin Aga Khan


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 $85 million for the cause.

2023 Gala Chair

Tara Gibney

2023 Chair

Tara Gibney has been involved with the Alzheimer’s Association for 10 years through her work with the Illinois Chapter Junior Board, Walk to End Alzheimer’s, and the Rita Hayworth Gala Steering Committee. Like many, she has personal connections to Alzheimer’s within her immediate and extended family as well as close friends. Through her grandmother’s battle with Alzheimer’s, she witnessed how the disease not only affects the person but also their entire ecosystem of friends, family and community. Inspired by her parents, she has since been committed to the cause.

Tara joins us as our 2023 gala chair while also focusing on a career in human resources spanning over 20 years, mainly within the commercial real estate industry. She is currently the Global Head of HR for the Work Dynamics division at JLL and has 18 years of experience between JLL and Cushman & Wakefield. 

Along with the steering committee, Tara looks forward to a very successful, impactful and fun event and hopes you will join us at the 35th annual Rita Hayworth Gala on Saturday, May 13, 2023!

Gala Steering Committee

Jaclyn Cantore
Michelle Carter
Ana Cummins
Susan & Jim Draddy
Tara Gibney
Allie & Jon Harris
Corey Fitzpatrick Huth
Gail Joseph
Paul Keidan
Linda Leonberger
Fifi & Ron Levin
Sharon & Scott Markman
Abby & Tyson May
Leslie & David McGranahan
Linda & Bob Mendelson
David Moscow
The Murphy Family: Dan, JoAnn, Dan & Jim
Maggie & Michael Murzanski
Phoebe & Michael Nitekman
Sadruddin Noorani
Debra & Michael Pelech
Joan & Paul Rubschlager
Amy & Stuart Savitz
Kathy Schmalen-Abbene
Lori Stern
Leslie & David Storch
Barbie & Bruce Taylor
Holly & Jeffrey Taylor
Rozmin & Ebrahim Valliani

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The Alzheimer’s Association offers a variety of special events in cities across the country.