Great Minds Gala

Register today for Great Minds Gala on March 16, 2015 at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington, DC. Reception is 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. and the dinner and program is at 6:30 – 9:00 p.m. Tickets are $250 per person and $2,500 for a table of 10.



The master of ceremonies is native Washingtonian and NPR’s own, Diane Rehm.

Diane Rehm began her radio career in 1973 as a volunteer for WAMU 88.5, the NPR member station in Washington, D.C. She was hired as an assistant producer and later became the host and producer of two health-oriented programs. In 1979, she began hosting WAMU’s local morning talk show, Kaleidoscope, which was renamed The Diane Rehm Show in 1984.

The Diane Rehm Show has grown from a local program to one with international reach and a weekly on-air audience of more than 2.6 million. A growing number of listeners also catch the program on its website,, or via podcast. Video of the show’s Friday Domestic News Hour is available online, as are video spots with special guests. Read more…

The Great Minds Gala recognizes LeadingAge members and individuals for positively impacting the care and support of those with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. The gala is a fundraising event held in conjunction with the PEAK Leadership Summit.
Since 2003, Ellen Proxmire has worked with Integrace (formerly (EMA)) and the Copper Ridge Institute to raise awareness and funds to improve Alzheimer’s care. Her husband, the late Senator William Proxmire, was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 1994 and spent the last 5 years of his life at Copper Ridge.
LeadingAge is honored to be partnering with Integrace to realize Ellen’s vision of elevating awareness for the need for excellent care and support for people with the disease and those who care for them. Funds from the event will be equally distributed between the LeadingAge Innovations Fund and the Copper Ridge Institute for the creation and advancement of dementia programs.