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| July 17, 2015 | Parties

Altruists bring in $300,000 at Alzheimer’s Association’s Creating Hope gala.

Some 84,000 O.C. residents are affected by Alzheimer’s, and a sold-out crowd of 300 created hope for each one of them by garnering $300,000 at the Alzheimer’s Association’s annual gala at the Balboa Bay Resort. Guests began the night by sipping signature purple drinks at the alfresco reception. Next came the main event: a three-course meal and a live auction boasting a diamond cuff made for the charity by Sloane Street’s mother-daughter duo, Frances and Charlotte Gadbois. They designed the piece in honor of their family matriarch, who succumbed to the brain disorder last year. (That bauble went for $5,000.) Harry Crowell, Michelle Egerer, Bill Hogan and Paul Wexler were also recognized for their commitment to the nonprofit. And CEO Jim McAleer left attendees with these memorable words: “While there’s still so much work to be done... there is hope that one day we’ll have a world without this disease.” -Photos by KLK Photography


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