More than $1 million was raised for the Alzheimer’s Association on May 4, when 600-plus guests gathered at Hilton Chicago. With the theme “The Key to Our Future,” inspired by Paris’s Pont des Arts (the “love locks” bridge), supporters imagined unlocking a world without Alzheimer’s disease. Longtime Alzheimer’s Association supporters Joan and Paul Rubschlager were honored with the Legacy Award. Jay Allen, the country singer known for his song “Blank Stares,” was honored with the Caregiver Award alongside his father and sisters, who lost their mother to the disease earlier this year. The evening was also highlighted by a cocktail reception, three-course dinner, a tribute awards program, live and silent auctions, and a live performance by Allen. ABC7 News anchor Alan Krashesky emceed the event and helped make it one to be remembered.
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