The Memory Ball, a black tie gala/dance competition benefiting the Alzheimer’s Association Greater Maryland Chapter , was front and center at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront hotel.
Co-chaired by Susan Boltansky Mann and Dr. Deborah Gisriel Bittar, the gala featured a cocktail reception, full-course dinner, dancing to live music by Highway Star and a showcase of local ballroom talent.
With ABC2 News Anchor Jamie Costello as emcee, the highlight of the evening was a dance competition among individuals and couples chosen for their leadership in the community and their support of the Alzheimer’s Association. Many of the dancers have friends and/or relatives who suffer from Alzheimer’s disease.
Overall, the gala raised more than $630,000 to benefit the Alzheimer’s Association’s programs and services, as well as raise awareness of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias, which now affect more than 97,000 Marylanders.
“We are so grateful for the continued generous support of our corporate friends who are responsible for Memory Ball’s success,” said Cass Naugle, executive director, Alzheimer’s Association. “The funds raised are more essential than ever to enhance care and support for those affected and fuel progress in research.”