Vradenburg Fights Alzheimer’s with One Act

Trish Vradenburg made a scene Wednesday evening at the Phillips Collection.  Well… an Act.

Continuing to literally act out on Alzheimer’s, the author/playwright/advocate held an exclusive fundraising and awareness event at the museum to benefit USAgainstAlzheimer’s, inviting some talented celebrities to perform a selection from her recent Broadway offering Surviving Grace, which chronicles her journey through Alzheimer’s with her Mother, who passed in 1992.

From a pre-performance reception to post-reading VIP dinner and wrap party, guests rubbed elbows and enjoyed edibles — and took in the main event performance, of course — with Diane Rehm (WAMU/NPR), Marilu Henner (actress/author/advocate), Dan Glickman (Aspen Institute Congressional Program ED), Meryl Comer (reporter/talk show host) and Terry Moran (co-anchor, ABC’s Nightline), raising some $150,000 for the cause.

Other notables in attendance included George Vradenburg (Trish’s husband and Co-Founder of USAgainstAlzheimer’s), Jane Harman (CEO of The Wilson Center, former Congresswoman from California), Grace Bender (philanthropist), Dr. Susan Blumenthal (Former US Assistant Surgeon General and wife of Congressman Ed Markey), David Bradley (Chairman and owner of Atlantic Media Company), Cathy Sulzberger (Board Member, New York Times Company), and Alan & Irene Wurtzel (Former CEO of Circuit City/arts activist and Writer/Playwright, respectively).

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