The Great Minds Gala feted five years and honored Marcia Gay Harden and Madison Cowan.
THE PARTY Nonprofits Integrace and LeadingAge honored the stars of Alzheimer’s disease advocacy at the fifth annual Great Minds Gala. Held at the Marriott Wardman Park, the event paid tribute to the work the charities and its supporters have done and raised awareness about all that is left to do for those impacted by dementia. THE PEOPLE Academy Award-winning actress Marcia Gay Harden and world-renowned chef Madison Cowan were recognized with the Proxmire Award for their leadership. Both have experiences with the condition: Harden’s mother was diagnosed in 2009; Cowan’s father, father-in-law and his daughter’s nan (who lives in Japan) all suffer from Alzheimer’s. Sandy Shocker and Sondra Norder were also praised for their efforts by notables such as Katie Sloan and Jackie Harris. BEST IN SHOW Rounding out the night were silent auction winnings, a dinner inspired by the MIND diet (the signature salad was chock-full of local greens, berries, Old Bay-roasted sea bass and beet noodles) and music from Richard Wright Choral Ensemble and Amy Andrews. And to think: It all brought in $100,000.
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