To raise awareness and support, the ADDF hosts a series of events throughout the year.
Event: Eighth Annual Connoisseur’s Dinner
Location: Sotheby’s in New York City
Description: The Alzheimer's Drug Discovery Foundation (ADDF) hosted its Eighth Annual Connoisseur’s Dinner, “To Live is to Think,” on Thursday, May 1, 2014 at Sotheby’s in New York City. Leonard A. Lauder, Co-Chairman of the ADDF, was honored with the evening's Chairman's Award and Norah O’Donnell, co-anchor of CBS This Morning, hosted the event. The dinner brought in more than $3.7 million to fund research in Alzheimer's drug development, including nearly $1.2 million to "Fund a Scientist" during a live auction led by Sotheby's own Jamie Niven. Proceeds from the auction went to support the work of Dr. Jeffrey Cummings, who will investigate rasagiline, an FDA-approved treatment for Parkinson’s disease with the potential to be the first drug to slow the course of Alzheimer’s disease.
Event: 4th Annual Great Ladies Luncheon and Fashion Show
Location: The Ritz-Carlton in Washington, DC
Description: The ADDF hosted its 4th Annual Great Ladies Luncheon and Fashion Show on Tuesday, April 1, 2014 at The Ritz-Carlton, Washington, DC. The Luncheon, co-chaired by Leonard A. Lauder and Elise and Marc Lefkowitz, was held in partnership with Saks Fifth Avenue. The day commenced at 10:45 a.m. with an Alzheimer’s drug discovery update hosted by NBC’s Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent, Andrea Mitchell and presented by Howard Fillit, MD, Executive Director and Chief Science Officer. At 12 noon, guests enjoyed lunch and a runway show and special appearance by Erdem. Kathleen Matthews, Chief Communications and Public Affairs Officer for Marriott International, emceed the Luncheon and Pat Summitt, former head coach of the University of Tennessee Lady Volunteer basketball team, received the Great Ladies Award. The event raised over $239,000 for Alzheimer's disease research and related programs.
Event: Anya Hindmarch Reception to Benefit ADDF
Location: 795 Madison Avenue, New York City
Description: Anya Hindmarch and Jean H. Pearman hosted a private shopping evening at the Anya Hindmarch Flagship Store, 795 Madison Avenue, on November 14, 2013 to benefit the Alzheimer's Drug Discovery Foundation.
Event: Bonnie Star Jewelry Show to Benefit ADDF
Location: Saks Fifth Avenue, New York City
Description: Saks Fifth Avenue along with Darren Star and Elise Gelman Lefkowitz invite you to meet designer Bonnie Star and celebrate her new Fall 2013 Collection Thursday, November 7 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Event: ADDF Professionals Night Out: Conquering Alzheimer’s Through Drug Discovery
Location: Goldbar, New York City
Description: The Professionals Steering Committee of the Alzheimer's Drug Discovery Foundation hosted an exclusive evening of music, a silent auction and cocktails on Thursday, September 26, 2013 The evening raised $2,200 for Alzheimer's disease research and related programs.
Event: 4th Annual Fall Luncheon & Symposium: Hope on the Horizon: New Drugs for Alzheimer’s Disease
Location: The Pierre, New York City, NY
Description: The ADDF held its 4th Annual Fall Luncheon & Symposium: Hope on the Horizon: New Drugs for Alzheimer’s Disease at The Pierre in New York City on September 17, 2013. The luncheon raised more than $759,000 for Alzheimer’s drug research and related programs. Bonnie Pfeifer Evans and Alice Shure presented the Charles Evans Award to Liz and Randal Sandler. The Sandlers announced a $1 million challenge grant, calling on other supporters to make a pledge—at any level—to help fund clinical trials. The Luncheon concluded with a lively and insightful conversation between Dr. Howard Fillit, Executive Director and Chief Science Officer of ADDF, and Dr. Jeffrey L. Cummings, Director of the Cleveland Clinic’s Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health, moderated by Paula Zahn.
Event: Music Cures Benefit Concert
Location: Cutting Room, New York City
Description: The ADDF and the Kaneff Foundation held their inaugural Music Cures benefit concert at the Cutting Room on July 25. The Young Presidents (www.theyoungpresidents.com) performed along with Ivan Neville, Corey Glover, Blondie Chaplin, and Anton Fig. Victoria Ghost, featuring Ashley and Shannon Campbell, children of legendary singer/songwriter Glen Campbell, played the opening performance.
Event: Hope on the Horizon: Atlanta Luncheon + Symposium In Partnership with Alzheimer’s Society of ATL
Location: Piedmont Driving Club, Atlanta, GA
Description: May 16 | 10:45 am – 2:30 pm The ADDF held the Hope on the Horizon Atlanta Luncheon & Symposium on Thursday, May 16 at the Piedmont Driving Club in Atlanta, Georgia. Co-Chaired by Leonard A. Lauder and Mary Rose Taylor, this inaugural event was held in partnership with the Alzheimer’s Society of Atlanta and honored internationally renowned designer Dan Carithers. Jaye Watson from NBC 11 Alive News acted as Master of Ceremonies. 100% of event proceeds went to Emory University’s Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center (ADRC) led by Allan Levey, MD, PhD.
Event: 7th Annual Connoisseur’s Dinner
Location: Sotheby’s, New York City
Description: The ADDF held its Seventh Annual Connoisseur’s Dinner, “To Live is to Think,” on Thursday, May 2, 2013 at Sotheby’s in New York City. Co-Chairs were Nancy Corzine, Sir Evelyn and Lady Lynn Forester de Rothschild, Nancy and Melvin R. Goodes, Leonard A. Lauder, Jo Carole and Ronald S. Lauder, and Liz and Randal Sandler. The Chairman’s Award was presented to Paula Zahn, whose efforts have made a substantial difference in raising awareness and promoting expanded funding for Alzheimer’s disease drug research. The Fund a Scientist auction was the centerpiece of the evening, and Chairman of Sotheby’s, Americas Jamie Niven helped raise funds for The ADDF/Belfer ApoE Therapeutics Innovation Program.
Event: Third Annual Great Ladies Luncheon + Fashion Show
Location: Saks Fifth Avenue in Chevy Chase, MD
Description: The ADDF hosted its 3rd Annual Great Ladies Luncheon and Fashion Show on Thursday, April 11. The Luncheon, co-chaired by Leonard A. Lauder and Elise and Marc Lefkowitz, and in collaboration with Saks Fifth Avenue, was held at Saks Fifth Avenue in Chevy Chase, MD in a tent inspired by Fashion Week runway shows. The day commenced at 10:45am with an Alzheimer’s drug discovery update presented by Howard Fillit, MD. At 12 noon, guests enjoyed lunch and a runway show and special appearance by famed designer Jason Wu. Barbara Harrison acted as Master of Ceremonies and Sharon Percy Rockefeller received the Great Ladies Award.
Event: Vero Beach Benefit – March 12, 2013
Location: Vero Beach, FL
Description: Leonard A. Lauder and Nancy and Mel Goodes hosted an evening benefitting the ADDF that raised more than $200,000. The event began with a VIP reception at the home of Nancy and Mel Goodes. After dinner, guests convened at Riverside Theatre for an exclusive preview of the work-in-progress documentary, UNTITLED: Glen Campbell Documentary, followed by Q&A with filmmakers James Keach and Trevor Albert. The highlight of the evening was a performance by Ashley and Shannon Campbell of Victoria Ghost, who were joined onstage by their father, legendary singer and guitarist Glen Campbell.