Donald Newhouse Honored for His Efforts to End a Rare Form of Dementia

November 15, 2016

Category: Events

Leonard Lauder and Donald Newhouse

On Monday, November 14, Donald Newhouse received The Charles Evans Award from the Alzheimer's Drug Discovery Foundation (ADDF) at our Seventh Annual Fall Symposium & Luncheon "Hope on the Horizon" at The Pierre in New York City. Thanks to the generosity of our donors, the Symposium & Luncheon raised nearly $1 million. All proceeds support the ADDF's mission to accelerate the development of drugs to prevent, treat, and cure Alzheimer's and related dementias.

ADDF Co-Founder and Co-Chairman Ronald S. Lauder welcomed guests to the Luncheon and said: "We're closer than ever to having effective drugs for these diseases. And for those of us whose families have been affected by Alzheimer's or another dementia, those drugs can’t come soon enough."

During the Luncheon, Leonard A. Lauder presented the Charles Evans Award to Donald Newhouse for his support of dementia research and the Treat FTD Fund. Mr. Newhouse told the audience that both his late wife, Suzy, and his brother, Si, were affected by frontotemporal degeneration (FTD), a rare form of dementia. Of his philanthropic efforts, he said: "I realized that the only way we could make sense of this twin tragedy—the way Sue and Si would want—was to commit ourselves to find a cure, treatment, and prevention for this horrendous dementia."

The morning Symposium, "Advancing New Treatments for Dementia," was led by the ADDF’s Executive Director Howard Fillit and featured a panel of leading international scientists. Sandra Black from the University of Toronto, Carlos Buesa of Oryzon Genomics in Barcelona, Michela Gallagher from Johns Hopkins University, and Edward D. Huey of Columbia University shared their efforts to develop effective drugs for Alzheimer's and related dementias with the riveted audience. All four are now testing drugs in human clinical trials, the final stages before a drug is approved for use by patients.

Guests at the inspiring event included Renee and Robert Belfer, Thia Breene, Meryl Comer, Charles M. Diker, Bonnie Pfeifer Evans, Mary Ann Freda, Paul Fribourg, Amy Di Geso, Nancy Goodes, Jane Hudis, Deborah Krulewitch, Gary Lauder, Jo Carole Lauder, Judy Glickman Lauder, William Lauder and Lori Tritsch, Bonnie Englebardt Lautenberg, Lawrence Leeds, Jr., Gregor Medinger, Wendy Stapleton Reyes, Sheila Johnson Robbins, Joanna and Daniel Rose, Maria Savettiere, Sharon T. Sager, Frances G. Scaife, George Schiele, Alice Shure, Kari Tiedemann, Barbara Tober, Carol Weisman, and Jan Willinger.

Everyone who made a donation during the luncheon was eligible to win one of a range of gifts provided by our generous supporters, including The Estée Lauder Companies Inc, Nancy Corzine, The St. Regis New York, Hamilton Farm Golf Club, The Spa at the Peninsula Hotel, Amangani, John Scully, Southwest Airlines, Aimee Kestenberg Handbags and Accessories, the New York Jets, and Kendra Scott.

The ADDF sincerely thanks the event’s executive chairs: Renée and Robert Belfer, Nancy and Mel Goodes, The Lauder Foundation – Leonard & Judy Lauder Fund, Jo Carole and Ronald S. Lauder, Samuel I. Newhouse Foundation, Inc., and Liz and Randal Sandler. It also offers its gratitude to the generous sponsors: The Estée Lauder Companies Inc., Eli Lilly and Company, and Staples Advantage.

Image: Leonard A. Lauder and Donald Newhouse (Photo by Patrick McMullan/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)