General Chair and Founder

Princess Yasmin Aga Khan

General Chair and Founder

Founded by Princess Yasmin Aga Khan in honor of her mother, Rita Hayworth, who died as a result of Alzheimer’s disease, the first Rita Hayworth Gala was held in New York in 1984. The event expanded to Chicago in 1987. Combined, the Rita Hayworth Galas have raised more than $76 million for the cause.

2019 Gala Co-Chairs

The Murphy Family

Dan, JoAnn, Dan and Jim

After his beloved grandmother, Nancy, passed from Alzheimer’s disease in 2011, Dan joined the Rita Hayworth Gala Young Champions Committee and immediately made an impact on the group. His brother, Jim, joined soon after and they both are leading the charge in getting a younger generation involved with the Alzheimer’s Association. Their parents, JoAnn and Dan, became Champion Sponsors of the Rita Hayworth Gala in 2012 and their annual support since that time has truly made a difference for the cause. The Murphys show us that as Alzheimer’s affects multiple generations of a family, it takes the whole family joining together to fight for a cure.

JoAnn and Dan reside in North Barrington, Dan lives in Park Ridge, and Jim lives in Chicago. In addition to supporting the Rita Hayworth Gala, they also champion the Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, Saint Viator High School in Arlington Heights, Trinity High School in River Forest, the Kelly Cares Foundation at the University of Notre Dame and the American Cancer Society.

Gala Steering Committee

Jaclyn Cantore
Michelle Carter
Ana Cummins
Mark Desky
Susan & Jim Draddy
Pat Garrison
Betsy & Dave Goltermann
Julie Gordon
Allie & Jon Harris
Corey Fitzpatrick Huth
Gail Joseph
Paul Keidan
Zahir Lavji
Fifi & Ron Levin
Abby & Tyson May 
Leslie & David McGranahan
Blythe & David Mendelson
Linda & Bob Mendelson
David Moscow
The Murphy Family: Dan, JoAnn, Dan & Jim
Phoebe & Michael Nitekman
Sadruddin Noorani
Joan & Paul Rubschlager
Amy & Stuart Savitz
Kathy Schmalen-Abbene
Lori Stern
Leslie & David Storch
Barbie & Bruce Taylor
Holly & Jeffrey Taylor

Young Champions Committee

Carly & Scott Bernstein
Johh Chwarzynski
Megan, Shea, Sara & Jimmy Draddy
Buddy & Ryan Erwin
Julie & Ben Hockenberg
Kelanie, Bradley & Charles Huth
Alison Jurek
Kelly Morgan
Jim Murphy
Rachel Winer & Michael Storch
Ebrahim & Rozmin Valliani

Honorary Steering Committee

June D. Barnard
Carole Feiger
Sharon & Scott Markman
Wendy & Glen Miller
Judy & Ron Moore
Maggie & Michael Murzanski
Susan Spritz Myers
Debra Pelech
Sugar Rautbord
Cindy Trestman
Kay & John Van Cleave
Nalisa Ward

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