The Chicago Rita Hayworth Gala Young Champions Committee formed to bring together a diverse group of civic minded young professionals who have been personally touched by Alzheimer’s disease. These leaders are dedicated to raising awareness about Alzheimer’s and related dementia's to a generation who may not be as familiar with the statistics and devastating effects of the disease.
Princess Yasmin Aga Khan began the gala in honor of her mother, the screen legend Rita Hayworth, who died as a result of Alzheimer's disease. Held annually on Mother’s Day weekend, and attracting more than 800 guests, the Chicago Rita Hayworth Gala celebrates and honors medical research and programs in the causes, treatment, prevention and cure of Alzheimer’s disease. Since inception, the Chicago and New York Rita Hayworth Galas have raised more than $68 million to support the Association’s work. The 30th annual Chicago Rita Hayworth Gala will be held on Saturday, May 13, 2017 at the Hilton Chicago.