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Memory Ball benefits Alzheimer’s Association’s Maryland Chapter
Judges’ Choice Winners Catherine Bittar (KSS program associate, KIPP Foundation), and Denis Satonin (instructor, Towson Dance Studio) demonstrate the cha cha.

Memory Ball benefits Alzheimer’s Association’s Maryland Chapter

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.”

Event Co-Chairs Dr. Deborah Gisriel Bittar, left, and Susan Boltansky-Mann prepare for the evening's festivities.

Event Co-Chairs Dr. Deborah Gisriel Bittar, left, and Susan Boltansky-Mann prepare for the evening’s festivities.

Guests Kirsten Lusby, Ashley Chalmers and Caitlin Nicholl enjoy cocktails.

Guests Kirsten Lusby, Ashley Chalmers and Caitlin Nicholl enjoy cocktails.

From left, Judge Katie O'Malley, Stan Stovall, Debbie Phelps, Vincent M. Lancisi and Jane Sewell judge the competition.

From left, Judge Katie O’Malley, Stan Stovall, Debbie Phelps, Vincent M. Lancisi and Jane Sewell judge the competition.

Joe Leskovar (senior male instructor, Towson Dance Studio), who won the ‘You're Our Star Award’ for being the gala’s top fundraiser, and Jean Halle (independent consultant, acting president and chief operating officer of Curiosityville) demonstrate the merengue.

Joe Leskovar (senior male instructor, Towson Dance Studio) and Jean Halle (independent consultant, acting president and chief operating officer of Curiosityville), who won the “You’re Our Star Award” for being the gala’s top fundraiser, demonstrate the merengue.

Judges’ Choice Winners Catherine Bittar (KSS program associate, KIPP Foundation), and Denis Satonin (instructor, Towson Dance Studio) demonstrate the cha cha.

Judges’ Choice Winners Catherine Bittar (KSS program associate, KIPP Foundation), and Denis Satonin (instructor, Towson Dance Studio) demonstrate the cha cha.

 

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