Better Makers: Natalie Morales Honored at 2018 Alzheimer’s Association Rita Hayworth Gala

Left to Right: Princess Yasmin Aga Khan (daughter of Rita Hayworth and founder of Rita Hayworth Gala), Natalie Morales, Jon Harris, and Allie Harris (Photos by Bill Richert.)

The 2018 Alzheimer’s Association Rita Hayworth Gala, which took place on May 12 at the Hilton Chicago, raised more than $1.1 million for the organization’s research, care, and support programs. During the event, “Today” correspondent and “Access Live” co-host Natalie Morales and her family were given the Caregiver Award for their work raising awareness for Alzheimer’s. The family of the late actor Gene Wilder, who passed away in 2016 from complications with Alzheimer’s, received the Pure Imagination Award, and the event’s theme — Pure Imagination — paid homage to Wilder’s character in “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.” The 2018 Rita Hayworth Gala was co-chaired by Jon and Allie Harris.

Alzheimer's Association Rita Hayworth Gala 2018: Joseph Rhodes, Natalie Morales, Richard Dent, and DeEtta Jones

Left to Right: Joseph Rhodes, Natalie Morales, Richard Dent, and DeEtta Jones

Alzheimer's Association Rita Hayworth Gala 2018: Jordan Walker-Pearlman, Princess Yasmin Aga Khan and Karen Wilder

Left to Right: Jordan Walker-Pearlman (honoree and nephew of Gene Wilder), Princess Yasmin Aga Khan, Karen Wilder (honoree and widow of Gene Wilder)

Alzheimer's Association Rita Hayworth Gala 2018: Natalie Morales, Harry Johns and Princess Yasmin Aga Khan

Left to Right: Natalie Morales, Harry Johns (President and CEO of Alzheimer’s Association), and Princess Yasmin Aga Khan

 

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