Palm Beach, FL, March 11, 2019 – The Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation (ADDF) honored photographer, humanitarian and philanthropist Judy Glickman Lauder at its third annual Hope on the Horizon Luncheon held at The Beach Club on March 11.
The ADDF, which is the only charity focused solely on finding new drugs for the treatment and prevention of Alzheimer’s, raised over $735,000 for research at this event. ADDF board members Nancy Goodes, who is also the founder of this luncheon, and Bonnie Lautenberg co-chaired the event.
“Judy is someone who has always been fascinated with unlocking the brain’s full promise. She is an artist of the highest talent, a humanitarian of the utmost compassion, a philanthropist with purpose, a fantastic friend, a marvelous mother and my wonderful wife,” remarked ADDF Co-Founder and Co-Chairman Leonard A. Lauder.
Mrs. Lauder has raised much awareness in support of Alzheimer’s research and care. Her latest book, Beyond the Shadows: The Holocaust and the Danish Exception, was sold at the event and all proceeds went towards the ADDF.
Mrs. Lauder serves on the board of trustees of the Portland Museum of Art and is a member of both the Getty Museum Photographic Council and the Photographic Visiting Committee of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. In addition, she is a fellow of the Royal Photographic Society of Great Britain.
In her heartfelt acceptance speech, Mrs. Lauder said, “What a joy it is to look out at this room and see so many people, all here for a thousand different, personal reasons, but all focused on one common goal: to find a cure. While we are gathered here because of a devastating and cruel disease, looking out at you inspires pure hope for a future without Alzheimer’s. Your commitment to the cause, your continued generosity and your passion will help get us there.”
Michelle Florin also spoke at the luncheon, and reading letters she wrote to her mother, after she was diagnosed with Alzheimer's at the early age of 54. For the past five years, Florin has cared for her mother.
The luncheon also featured a morning symposium with expert panelists Dr. Howard Fillit, ADDF’s Founding Executive Director and Chief Science Officer, and Dr. Ronald Crystal, Chairman of Genetic Medicine at Weill Cornell Medicine. The symposium featured advancements in novel therapeutics based on the biology of aging as well as new approaches in gene therapy.
Every dollar raised at the Hope on the Horizon Palm Beach Luncheon supports drug research programs for Alzheimer’s. Among those in attendance were: Judy Bernick, Ambassador Edward and Susie Elson, Ginger Feuer, Michelle Florin, Melinda Hassen, Vicki Kellogg, Eleanora Kennedy, Paulette Koch, Laura Landro, Marsha Laufer, Chris Leavitt, Ellen Levy, Sondra Mack, Kristina McPherson, Tom and Heidi McWilliams, Kit Pannill, Daria Schrage, Jean S. Sharf, Toni Sosnoff, Tamara Watkins, Fran Weissler, Jan Willinger, Ellen Wolf and Janice Worth.