Buy a ticket 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.
We are happy to announce the 2015 Proxmire Honoree:
JEANNE PHILLIPS (aka “Abigail Van Buren” Dear Abby)
Inspired by their mother’s struggle, Jeanne Phillips and Eddie Phillips (deceased) bestowed a $10 million grant to the Mayo Clinic to build the Abigail Van Buren Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center. The hallowed persona of Abigail Van Buren lives on in Phillips’ daughter, Jeanne, who officially donned the Dear Abby cloak after her mother’s retirement in 2002.
Jeanne, the newest Dear Abby continues to receive and respond to letters from people seeking succor and advice as they care for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease. But, perhaps the most poignant counsel for these individuals was penned by Phillips herself in a simple, yet stirring reply to that original letter, all those years ago:
“Dear Desperate: You are not alone…”