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May 12, 2018 | The Hilton Chicago



The Chicago Rita Hayworth Gala honors individuals, families and companies who show their support of and dedication to the fight against Alzheimer’s disease through their fundraising, care and volunteer efforts.

2018 Honorees

Pure Imagination Award
Karen Wilder and Jordan Walker-Pearlman

Karen Wilder recently opened up about her 35-year marriage to the late actor and activist Gene Wilder. The "Young Frankenstein" star died last year at the age of 83, after battling Alzheimer's disease in the final years of his life. Wilder discussed some of the trials and tribulations caregivers or spouses can experience when caring for someone living with the debilitating disease in her op-ed on ABC news.

Jordan Walker-Pearlman is an American Film Maker and political fund raiser. Jordan's Uncle, the legendary Gene Wilder co-parented him from an early age. The two collaborated on an audio version of the actor's last novel, "Even Dogs Learn How To Swim," which was released in print in April 2017. The recorded version, (the actor's last performance) was released in February 2018. Since Mr. Wilder's death, for which Jordan released a statement publicly identifying the cause as Alzheimer's, he has spoken around the country on behalf of research to end the disease, and has raised funds to contribute to the cost of care for families that could otherwise not afford it.

Caregiver Award
Natalie Morales, Joseph Rhodes and Joe Rhodes

Natalie Morales is the West Coast anchor of NBC's "Today Show," host of NBCU's "Access" and co-host of "Access Live." A Celebrity Champion for the Alzheimer's Association, Morales has used her voice to raise awareness, funding and to help find a cure. Kay Rhodes, Morales' mother-in-law was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer's in her mid-50's and suffered more than 15 years with the disease. On the "Today Show" Morales featured segments on the Alzheimer's Association and the role of caregivers, the true champions—and spoke openly about her family's personal experience. The Chicago Gala celebrates her and her family for speaking for advocating for the millions of caregivers who share their experience.

Previous Honorees


Cathy Edge, The Murphy Family: Daniel, JoAnn, Dan and James


Dr. Lisa Genova, Silverado Care


Choose Chicago


The MacLean Family, Maggie and Michael Murzanski


David Moscow & Family, Guggenheim Partners


Joan and Paul Rubschlager


Sandy Zane and Ned Bennett, Kindred Healthcare


The Walter S. and Lucienne Driskill Foundation, MB Financial Bank


HBO Documentary Films, The Alzheimer’s Project and Its Collaborators, Wendy Raftenberg Miller


Bankers Life and Casualty Company, Diane Bazelides


Harrah’s Foundation, Bonnie and John Osher


Richard E. Kipper


Alice Sabl


Linda Mendelson


Sidney J. Taylor


Maureen Reagan


John Porter


Daniel Skoda


Shelly Fabares


Jack Greenberg


Dear Abby




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The Chicago Rita Hayworth Gala
The Hilton Chicago
Chicago, IL

May 12, 2018

Cocktail Reception

6:30 p.m.

Dinner and Program

8:00 p.m.

Valet Parking:
Please enter the Hilton garage from Balbo Avenue.

Gala Attire:
Formal - black tie optional.

Hotel Info:
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Chicago Rita Hayworth Gala
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