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Carolina Herrera Gives Washington Some Real Fashion for a Change

The 9th annual event, featuring a Carolina Herrera fashion show, raised $600,000 for Alzheimer's research.
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On Wednesday, in Washington D.C., a live auction got heated. Front-row tickets to Carolina Herrera's show during New York Fashion Week were up for grabs when creative director Wes Gordon jumped on stage and raised the stakes. The winner would also get a chance to come to his Garment District studio for a personal tour and fitting.

After a tense bidding war, the gavel came down at $9,000. The splurge wasn't just for the sake of a custom gown, but would benefit a laudable cause. This was the 9th Great Ladies Luncheon to raise money for the Alzheimer's Drug Discovery Foundation. In the end, after a Herrera Fall 2019 show, $600,000 was raised.

Founded in 1998 by brothers Leonard and Ronald Lauder in honor of their mother, the legendary Estée, the ADDF is the only public charity solely focused on funding the development of drugs to treat Alzheimer's— which is the most common form of dementia, affecting 5.8 million people in the United States and over 50 million people worldwide.

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Earlier in the day, the ADDF held a symposium about recent advancements in Alzheimer's research. NBC correspondent Andrea Mitchell spoke, as did three leading doctors in the field.

The Great Ladies Luncheon


Dr. Michela Gallagher, Marc Lefkowitz, Elise Lefkowitz, and Dr. Howard Fillit


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Lauren Oshie and T.J. Oshie


Kelly Ripken and Lauren Oshie


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Elise Lefkowitz and Wes Gordon

Later, the foundation honored two people who have advanced the cause of Alzheimers research and treatment: Washington Capitals hockey player T.J. Oshie, whose father suffers from the disease, and Dr. Michela Gallagher, founder and CEO of AgeneBio, Inc. and professor at Johns Hopkins University, whose research focuses on drugs to halt the progression of the disease.

Nearly 500 guests— including Emilie Rubinfeld, President of Carolina Herrera; Elise and Marc Lefkowitz, founding chairs of the ADDF— filled the ballroom at the Ritz Carlton to applaud Oshie and Gallagher—and to witness some spectacular fashion. The mood was jubilant and celebratory—just like Gordon's billowing ballgowns and floral skirts.

Carolina Herrera's Fall 2019 Collection at the Great Ladies Luncheon


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*This article originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com

*Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors

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