Top Chicagoans Host Alzheimer's Kick-Off


Hosts Diane and Quintin Primo III

ABC's Terry Moran was due to fly in but the Washington, DC airport was closed.  This didn't stop organizer Sugar Rautbord from having him there via Skype.  The Kick-Off Reception was hosted by Sugar, Jim Tyree, Diane and Quintin Primo III at his Capri Capital office in the Hancock to celebrate the Alzheimer's Action Summit and the 7th annual National Alzheimer's Gala in Washington on Tuesday, March 9th.  (  Diane Primo is one of the National Committee co-chairs and Terry Moran will be the recipient of the Sargent and Eunice Shrive Profiles in Dignity Award. 


According to latest reports, the numbers of those affected by Alzheimer's disease continues to escalate and the need for action is more critical than ever.  In just another 40 years, the number of people with Alzheimer's will more than triple to up to 16 million, and the impact on families, the economy, care facilities and medical resources will be overwhelming.  Terry Moran took the test as a spokesman and disclosed via Skype that he has several of the markers.  When he asked his wife if she would take care of him, she responded, "That's what marriage is all about."


Among the notables in attendance on this snowy night were Jim Tyree, Diane and Quintin Primo III, NBC's Marion Brooks, Bill Zwecker, Tom Miner, Joan Steel, Christina Ghilberti, Gwendolyn Brooks, Edie, Larry and Ben Soldinger, Jim Stone, Marty and Jack Higgins, Mr. and Mrs. George Vradenburg, Maria and Bill Smithburg, Kathy Schmalen, ABC's Sylvia Perez, Leah Hope and Chicago Mag's Richard Babcock among others.


The Chicago event benefitting the Alzheimer's Association will be the 23rd annual Rita Hayworth Gala on Saturday, May 8th, at the Fairmont Hotel.  (For more info, please call 312-335-5216 or email,

(Photos by Mitch Canoff) 


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