Trish and George Vradenburg with Elise Lefkowitz
On Wednesday, April 13, the Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation (ADDF), in partnership with Neiman Marcus Mazza Gallerie, welcomed more than 500 guests to the Sixth Annual Great Ladies Luncheon & Fashion Show, hosted by FOX News Sunday anchor Chris Wallace. Trish and George Vradenburg were honored at the event, which was co-chaired by Elise and Marc Lefkowitz and Leonard A. Lauder, Chairman Emeritus of The Estée Lauder Companies Inc. Accepting the Great Ladies Award, Trish Vradenburg received rousing applause as she told guests: “I want to hear the words ‘Alzheimer’s is over.’”
The afternoon featured a preview of Oscar de la Renta’s magnificent Fall 2016 Collection and an exclusive trunk show, both presented by Neiman Marcus. And everyone who made a donation was entered to win an array of fabulous door prizes, including platinum diamond earrings donated by Oscar Heyman and a Miami getaway to the Four Seasons. Thanks to generous donors and sponsors, the Great Ladies Luncheon raised over $350,000 for critical Alzheimer’s drug research, the most in the event’s history. In his remarks, Leonard Lauder told the crowd that the ADDF is “investing in more research than ever before and closing in on a cure.
The event, held at the Ritz-Carlton Washington, D.C., kicked off with a presentation introduced by the iconic Lynda Carter. ADDF neuroscientists Howard Fillit, MD, and Penny Dacks, PhD, detailed the latest research into Alzheimer’s prevention and treatment, including promising drugs now in clinical trials.