May 9, 2009–Princess Yasmin Aga Khan held the first Rita Hayworth Gala in 1985 to honor her mother, actress Rita Hayworth, who died as a result of Alzheimer’s disease. Since then, the annual gala has grown into a premier social event that has raised more than $220 million to support medical research and programs in the treatment, prevention, and cure of Alzheimer’s disease. This year, Mercedes-Benz debuted two new vehicles on-site, which welcomed guests on display as they entered the Hilton Chicago. Once inside, guests enjoyed an “Evening in Monte Carlo”, with complimentary casino gaming, dinner, dancing, and live entertainment by the Roy Vombrack Orchestra.
Photos by Bill Richert