Be Brain Powerful TM

7th Annual Trish Vrandburg Gala

October 13, 2020

A Live Virtual Event to Benefit UsAgainstAlzheimer's

Welcome to the 8th Annual Trish Vradenburg Gala

Virtual Gala

Wednesday, October 13, 2021


Join us for an interactive, virtual event featuring live programming and interactive opportunities to engage with special guests and attendees.

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UsAgainstAlzheimer’s has been closely monitoring the incidence of COVID-19 in our region as well as guidance from local health departments and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) regarding large gatherings. For the health and safety of our guests, UsAgainstAlzheimer’s has made the decision to shift to an all-virtual event.

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Dr. David Satcher
16th Surgeon General of the United States 
Bea Lerner Award Recipient


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Corporate Champion

The Honorable Robert Menendez
United States Senator from New Jersey
Congressional Champion


With Special Guests:


Joshua Henkin

Leeza Gibbons
Television Host, Activist

Billy Crystal
Actor, Writer, Director, Comedian

Lisa Genova
New York Times Best Selling Author

Dr. Marie Bernard
National Institues of Health

George V. - We Will Go Away When Alzheimer's Goes Away |  UsAgainstAlzheimer'sAbout the Bea Lerner Valor Award
The Bea Lerner Valor Award is given in honor of UsAgainstAlzheimer’s Co-Founder Trish Vradenburg’s mother. Bea Lerner was a powerhouse, embracing life with style, grace, and guts. Politics was her passion, and she could capture a room just by entering it. Bea was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 1987, and in a few short years this valiant lioness of a woman disappeared into the unforgiving chasm of this disease. This award is given annually to a person living with dementia or a caregiver who has shown this same determination, fearlessness, hope and humor in our shared fight against Alzheimer’s.

2021 Sponsors

  • Bright Focus
  • corium
  • Costar Group
  • Dyson Capital Advisors logo
  • Faegre
  • Hilton
  • Lilly
  • McKinsey & Company
  • PhRMA Logo
  • Brown Advisory
  • High Lantern Group Logo
  • lundbeck
  • Tetra Therapeutics logo
  • titos handmade vodka


Interactive Virtual Events

7:00 PM Virtual Doors Open

7:15 PM Interactive Activities

8:00 PM Livestream Program


Gala Co-Chairs
  • Sigrid and Vinton Cerf 
  • Maddy and Ken Dychtwald 
  • Marilyn and Michael Glosserman 
  • Carol Brown Goldberg and Hank Goldberg 
  • Arlene and Robert Kogod 
  • Jill Lesser and Jonathan Diesenhaus
  • Marion and Robert Rosenthal Family Foundation
  • Karen and Chris Segal 
  • George Vradenburg 
  • Judy and Leo Zickler
  • Dr. Philip and Faith Bobrow
  • The Honorable Ann Brown 
  • Lauren and Glen Howard
  • Invariant and Heather Podesta
  • The Herbert J. and Dianne J. Lerner Foundation
  • Shawn and Howard Taylor
  • Sandra and Larry Small
Honorary Congressional Committee
  • The Honorable Rick Allen 
  • The Honorable Don Bacon
  • The Honorable Andy Barr 
  • The Honorable Nanette Barragan 
  • The Honorable Ami Bera 
  • The Honorable Don Beyer 
  • The Honorable Sanford Bishop 
  • The Honorable Marsha Blackburn 
  • The Honorable Roy Blunt 
  • The Honorable Anthony Brown 
  • The Honorable Shelley Capito 
  • The Honorable Katherine Clark 
  • The Honorable Steve Cohen 
  • The Honorable Tom Cole 
  • The Honorable Gerry Connolly 
  • The Honorable Charlie Crist 
  • The Honorable Suzan DelBene
  • The Honorable Ted Deutch 
  • The Honorable Debbie Dingell 
  • The Honorable Lloyd Doggett 
  • The Honorable Brian Fitzpatrick 
  • The Honorable Lois Frankel 
  • The Honorable Vicky Hartzler 
  • The Honorable Derek Kilmer 
  • The Honorable Angus King 
  • The Honorable Amy Klobuchar 
  • The Honorable Ann "Annie" Kuster 
  • The Honorable Darin LaHood 
  • The Honorable Patrick "Pat" Leahy 
  • The Honorable Ted Lieu 
  • The Honorable Zoe Lofgren 
  • The Honorable Brian Mast 
  • The Honorable Betty McCollum 
  • The Honorable Chris Murphy 
  • The Honorable Alex Padilla 
  • The Honorable Nancy Pelosi 
  • The Honorable Rob Portman 
  • The Honorable Jamie Raskin 
  • The Honorable Lucille Roybal-Allard  
  • The Honorable Jeanne Shaheen 
  • The Honorable Thom Tillis 
  • The Honorable Paul Tonko 
  • The Honorable David Trone 
  • The Honorable Chris Van Hollen 
  • The Honorable Roger Wicker 

The Brain Trust

  • Mrs. Laura Bush, Former First Lady of the United States
    Honorary Chair
  • Elizabeth Cousens, Chief Executive Officer; UN Foundation
  • Kim Campbell, Wife of the late Glen Campbell, Founder;
  • Renée Fleming, Soprano
  • Dolores Huerta, Founder and President; Dolores Huerta Foundation
  • Kay Coles James, President; The Heritage Foundation
  • Jo Ann Jenkins, Chief Executive Officer; AARP
  • Kerry Kennedy, President; Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights
  • Judith Lichtman, Founder; National Partnership for Women and Families
  • Mary Matalin, Political Consultant
  • Lauren Miller Rogen, Co-Founder; Hilarity for Charity
  • Kathleen Sebelius, Former Secretary; Department of Health and Human Services
  • Donna E. Shalala, Former Secretary; Department of Health and Human Services
  • Jay Newton Small, Journalist, Founder and Chief Executive Officer; MemoryWell