Be Brain Powerful TM

7th Annual Trish Vrandburg Gala

October 13, 2021

A Live Virtual Event to Benefit UsAgainstAlzheimer's

Welcome to the 8th Annual Trish Vradenburg Gala

Virtual Gala

Wednesday, October 13, 2021

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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

Seth Rogen and
Lauren Miller Rogen

Hilarity for Charity

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.


Interactive Virtual Events

7:00 PM Virtual Doors Open

7:15 PM Interactive Activities

8:00 PM Livestream Program

Thank You to our 2023 Sponsors

Brain Health Champion
  • Eisei
  • Lilly
Brain Health Advocate
  • Alzheimer's Drug Discovery Foundation | 25 Years
  • Biogen
  • Bright Focus Founcation
  • Sandra & Lawrence Small
Brain Health Supporter
  • Cathy Sulzberger & Joe Perpich
  • Elise & Marc Lefkowitz
  • Gail D. Bassin Family Foundation
  • Jean & Ric Edelman
  • Karen & Ethan Leder
  • Blue Persimmon Group
  • faegre drinker
  • Global Alzheimer's Platform Foundation
  • High Lantern Group
  • Tetra Therapeutics - SHIONOGI Group Company
  • Tito's Handmade Vodka


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 & Faith Bobrow
  • The Honorable Ann Brown
  • Meryl Comer
  • Lauren & Glenn Howard
  • Invariant
  • The Herbert J. & Dianne J. Lerner Foundation
  • Senator & Mrs. John D. Rockefeller IV
  • Sandra & Larry Small
  • Sara Crown Star
  • Shawn & Howard Taylor
  • John T. Beaty Jr & Anne L. Mehringe
  • Elise & Marc Lefkowitz
  • Joseph Perpich & Cathy Sulzberger 
  • Warren & Abigail Klem Spector
  • Harold and Nancy Zirkin
Host Committee
  • Gail Bassin
  • Ray & Nina Benton
  • Janis Buchanan
  • Susan & Dixon Butler
  • Lindsay & Terry Eakin
  • Marsha Henderson
  • Tom and Claudia Henteleff
  • Berna Heubner
  • Gail & Benjamin Jacobs
  • Bobbie & Bill Kilberg
  • Louis Levitt & Joan Bialek
  • Daniel Marren
  • Alan & Amy Meltzer
  • Joan Nathan Gerson
  • Norman Ornstein & Judy Harris
  • Carol Pensky
  • Gordon & Carole Segal
  • Tina Stoll
  • Ronald and Sarah Stone
  • Katie Ward
  • Alice Watkins
  • Stacy Winick & Steve Guttentag
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 John Boozman
  • The Honorable Anthony Brown 
  • The Honorable Michael C. Burgess
  • The Honorable Richard Burr
  • The Honorable Cheri Bustos
  • The Honorable Shelley Capito
  • The Honorable Bob Casey 
  • The Honorable David Cicilline
  • The Honorable Katherine Clark 
  • The Honorable Steve Cohen 
  • The Honorable Tom Cole 
  • The Honorable Susan Collins
  • The Honorable Gerry Connolly 
  • The Honorable Charlie Crist 
  • The Honorable Diana DeGette
  • The Honorable Rosa DeLauro
  • The Honorable Suzan DelBene
  • The Honorable Ted Deutch 
  • The Honorable Debbie Dingell 
  • The Honorable Lloyd Doggett 
  • The Honorable Anna Eshoo
  • The Honorable Brian Fitzpatrick 
  • The Honorable Lois Frankel 
  • The Honorable Bill Foster
  • The Honorable Raul Grijalva
  • The Honorable Vicky Hartzler 
  • The Honorable Jaime Herrera Beutler
  • The Honorable Eleanor Holmes Norton
  • The Honorable John Kennedy
  • The Honorable Ron Kind
  • The Honorable Adam Kinzinger
  • The Honorable Derek Kilmer 
  • The Honorable Angus King 
  • The Honorable Amy Klobuchar 
  • The Honorable Ann "Annie" Kuster 
  • The Honorable Darin LaHood
  • The Honorable Doug Lamborn 
  • The Honorable Patrick "Pat" Leahy 
  • The Honorable Ted Lieu 
  • The Honorable Zoe Lofgren 
  • The Honorable Brian Mast 
  • The Honorable Doris Matsui
  • The Honorable Betty McCollum 
  • The Honorable Cathy McMorris Rodger
  • The Honorable Chris Murphy 
  • The Honorable Alex Padilla 
  • The Honorable Chris Pappas
  • The Honorable Nancy Pelosi 
  • The Honorable Chellie Pingree
  • The Honorable Rob Portman 
  • The Honorable Jamie Raskin 
  • The Honorable Tom Reed
  • The Honorable Lucille Roybal-Allard  
  • The Honorable Mary Scanlon
  • The Honorable Jeanne Shaheen 
  • The Honorable Chris Smith
  • The Honorable Jackie Speier
  • The Honorable Thomas “Tom” Suozzi
  • The Honorable Thom Tillis 
  • The Honorable Paul Tonko 
  • The Honorable David Trone 
  • The Honorable Fred Upton
  • The Honorable Chris Van Hollen 
  • The Honorable Mark Warner
  • The Honorable Roger F. 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
  • Mandy Moore, Ambassador; Be Brain Powerful campaign
  • 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