2017 Trish Vradenburg Out of the Shadows Annual Dinner Honoring Sally Quinn, Kim Campbell, Lauren Miller Rogen, and Senators Roy Blunt and Debbie Stabenow, and Leaders in Alzheimer’s Research



What: The 4th annual Out of the Shadows dinner is a globally recognized event that spotlights the immense burden of Alzheimer’s Disease on women. The dinner is part of UsAgainstAlzheimer’s (UsA2) 2017 National Alzheimer’s Summit, and has been renamed to the Trish Vradenburg Out of the Shadows Dinner in memory of Trish Vradenburg, the powerful co-founder of UsA2, who changed the course of the fight against Alzheimer’s through her relentless advocacy and humor.

For their commitment to the fight against Alzheimer's, UsAgainstAlzheimer’s will honor Senators Roy Blunt (R-MO) and Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) with the Congressional Champions Award and IBM Watson Health with the Corporate Champion Award. Daisy Duarte, tireless national advocate and caregiver to her mother who is living with the disease and is a carrier of the early-onset familial Alzheimer’s gene, will receive the 2017 Bea Lerner Valor Award. 

The dinner will once again attract prominent sponsors and guests from across the nation, including members of Congress, Executive Branch leaders, researchers, individuals living with Alzheimer’s and their care partners, philanthropists, and corporate and community leaders. It will showcase the unique perspectives of women and achievements  in the fight against Alzheimer’s and include a conversation with several well-known women whose lives have been forever altered by Alzheimer’s including Sally Quinn, Kim Campbell, wife of the late Glenn Campbell, and Lauren Miller Rogan, who with her husband Seth Rogan created Hilarity for Charity to raise money and awareness of the urgent need for a cure. 

Who: Following is a snapshot of individuals who will be speaking and/or honored at the dinner: 

•    Senators Roy Blunt (R-MO) and Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) – Congressional Champion Awardees

•    Kim Campbell, Founder CareLiving.org; wife of Glen Campbell

•    Lauren Miller Rogen, Founder, Hilarity for Charity

•    Sally Quinn, Columnist, The Washington Post; Moderator, “On Faith”

•    Daisy Duarte – Bea Lerner Valor Award

•    Dr. Goldie Byrd, Dean, College of Arts & Sciences, North Carolina A&T University

•    Dr. Reisa Sperling, Director, Center for Alzheimer’s Research and Treatment, Brigham and Women’s Hospital

•    IBM Watson Health – Corporate Champion Award

•    Phyliss Farrell, Vice President Alzheimer’s disease platform, Eli Lilly and Company  

The full agenda is available here.

When: October 4, 2017, 6:30 pm (dinner and awards from 7:30-9:30 pm)

Where: Ronald Reagan Building, Atrium, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC

RSVP: Interested media please RSVP to Jeannette O’Connor at 202-302-3268 or joconnor@usagainstalzheimers.org

UsAgainstAlzheimer’s is grateful to its sponsors including lead sponsors Axovant Sciences, Inc., Biogen, Connected Living, EJF Philanthropies, Eli Lilly & Company, Eisai, Home Instead Senior Care, The Home Depot, Janssen, Merck & Co., and Volunteers of America. 


UsAgainstAlzheimer’s (UsA2) is an innovative non-profit organization demanding – and delivering – a solution to Alzheimer’s. Driven by the suffering of millions of families, UsAgainstAlzheimer’s presses for greater urgency from government, industry and the scientific community in the quest for an Alzheimer's cure – accomplishing this through effective leadership, collaborative advocacy and strategic investments. 

As a member of the UsAgainstAlzheimer's Network, WomenAgainstAlzheimer’s unites women across the globe to find a cure for Alzheimer’s. Our growing network of women is impatient with the slow progress being made in the Alzheimer’s fight and, driven by our passion, is committed to ending current “business-as usual” approaches to funding, research and advocacy to bring Alzheimer’s out of the shadows and into the spotlight. Because women won’t wait.

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