On Monday, November 9, Margaret and Daniel Loeb received The Charles Evans Award from the Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation (ADDF) at our Sixth 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 more than $1 million, the most in the event’s history. All proceeds support the ADDF’s mission to accelerate the discovery and development of drugs to prevent, treat and cure Alzheimer’s disease.
ADDF Co-Founder and Co-Chairman Leonard A. Lauder welcomed guests to the Luncheon and said: “We are going to make sure in our lifetime—a cure happens.” While presenting the Loebs with the award, he noted that they are part of “a new generation of leaders emerging in philanthropy.” Last year, the Loebs established Ronald M. Loeb Center for Alzheimer’s Disease at Mount Sinai. During his acceptance speech, Mr. Loeb told the audience, “There are two kinds of people: those who have been personally touched by Alzheimer’s and those who will be at some point.” He established the Loeb Center at Mount Sinai in memory of his late father, who succumbed to Alzheimer’s disease.
Following the awards ceremony, Emmy Award-winning journalist Paula Zahn conducted a thought-provoking interview with Howard Fillit, MD, Founding Executive Director and Chief Science Officer of the ADDF, and Richard Mohs, PhD, Retired Vice President for Neuroscience Early Clinical Development & Distinguished Research Fellow, Eli Lilly and Company. Dr. Fillit and Dr. Mohs discussed the enormous progress that has already been made and explained the potential of new treatments for Alzheimer’s currently in clinical trials.
The morning Symposium by Dr. Fillit, “Conquering Alzheimer’s Disease,” was opened by Ronald S. Lauder, who told the riveted audience: “Hope really is on the horizon. Thanks to the extraordinary efforts of the ADDF and the scientists it funds across the globe, we’re closer than ever to conquering this disease.”
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, Dinex Group, Restaurant Group of Chef Daniel Boulud, The Spa at the Peninsula Hotel, TaraSimone of BARBARA’S FLOWERS, XV Beacon, The Pierre and Colliers International NY LLC.
The ADDF sincerely thanks the event’s executive chairs: A.P. Kirby, Jr. Foundation, Inc., The Lauder Foundation – Leonard & Judy Lauder Fund, Jo Carole and Ronald S. Lauder and Liz and Randal Sandler. It also offers its gratitude to the generous sponsors: Third Point LLC, The Estée Lauder Companies Inc., American Airlines, Beacon Trust, Eli Lilly and Company and Staples Advantage.