Brilliance Gala

Co chair paula lemkuil

Join the Alzheimer’s Association May 3rd at the Alila Marea Beach Resort in Encinitas for the Alzheimer’s Association San Diego & Imperial Chapter 2024 Brilliance Gala as they celebrate the work being done, and recognize those who have been a part of the fight.
This year, the Alzheimer’s Association will recognize the impact of local research by shining a light on companies on the forefront of developing treatments, which for the first time ever, address the underlying biology of Alzheimer’s disease rather than just symptoms.
One of those companies, Eisai, will also be recognized as the 2024 Alzheimer’s Association’s “Visionary Award” recipient. This award is presented to an individual, company or organization with remarkable foresight and dedication to improve the lives of those with dementia, their caregivers and loved ones. Eisai’s Alzheimer’s treatment drug, LEQEMBI was selected by Time Magazine as one of the Best Inventions of 2023 in the Medical category. LEQEMBI is the first and only approved treatment for patients with mild cognitive impairment or mild dementia stage of Alzheimer’s disease.

La Jollan Jayne Slade will be recognized as 2024 Alzheimer’s Association Hope Award honoree. Jayne knows firsthand what it is like to lose a loved one to Alzheimer’s, as she was a constant companion and caregiver to her husband Hank Slade throughout his battle. Hank and Jayne were active participants in the Alzheimer’s community and worked to educate and promote awareness as Hank battled the disease. Jayne has continued her involvement, currently co-facilitating a local caregivers group.

Past Brilliance Gala honorees include Best Buy Health, Karen Wilder, Dr. Michael Rafii, AMN/Susan and Scott Salka, Dr. David Crean, and Dr. Jeffrey Cummings.

The Alzheimer’s Association is making progress at an unimaginable rate, but there is still so much to do. And that work starts with your support. The Brilliance Gala offers more than an exceptional evening of celebration featuring cocktails, dinner, live and silent auction, live entertainment, special guests and more, but also an opportunity to change the future: An opportunity to create a world without Alzheimer’s and all other dementia.

Funds raised at the Brilliance Gala fund local programs and services as well as research to find treatments and a cure. The Association is currently funding more than $5 million in active research targeting Alzheimer’s disease across institutions right here in San Diego, including UC San Diego, the Salk Institute for Biological Studies, the University of Southern California’s Alzheimer’s Therapeutic Research Institute and more. Overall, the Alzheimer’s Association has funded more than $14 million in local research.

The 2024 Brilliance Gala is co-chaired by a trio of San Diegans committed to changing the Alzheimer’s narrative: Paula Lemkuil, Rantell Ramirez, and Travis Chrisman. All three have experience with the disease, with both Paula and Travis losing a parent to Alzheimer’s. Edward Cox is the 2024 Brilliance Gala Honorary Chair. Edward served as the 2022 and 2023 Alzheimer’s Association Gala chair.

There has never been a more important time in the fight to end Alzheimer’s than right now. This urgency is the driving factor behind the 2024 Brilliance Gala.


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Kamran Saeed