On April 28, Ronald S. Lauder was honored by the Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation’s at its Tenth Annual Connoisseur’s Dinner at Sotheby’s in New York City. The event raised over $3.25 million for Alzheimer’s research.
Leonard A. Lauder presented his brother, Ronald, with the Chairman’s Award for his leadership in supporting new treatments for Alzheimer’s disease. In a rousing acceptance speech, Ronald told the nearly 300 guests: “Leonard and I have been involved together in many causes over the years, but this cause, this effort means more to me than almost anything else.”
The dinner was hosted by Nancy Corzine, a longtime member of the ADDF’s Board. Guests including Donald E. Newhouse, Herbert Kasper, Jo Carole Lauder, Judy Glickman Lauder, William Lauder and Lori Tritsch, Tad Smith, Mary Freda, Jean Kennedy Smith, Lois Robbins, John Demsey, Ann and Andrew Tisch, Olivier Reza, Eleanora Kennedy, and Sheila Johnson Robbins enjoyed an exclusive preview of Sotheby’s Spring Impressionist, Modern and Contemporary Art Sale.
The evening also featured wine pairings selected by Sotheby’s and the dynamic “Fund a Scientist” auction, led by Jamie Niven. The auction raised funds for scientists working in epigenetics, an emerging area of research with enormous potential for Alzheimer’s and other diseases. All donations made to the ADDF support drug discovery research for Alzheimer’s disease.