Alzheimer’s Research for a Cure

Marc Chagall’s “Maternity with Centaur”

We are pleased to announce that those wishing to attend the first annual gala for Alzheimer’s Research for a Cure (ARFAC) on Friday (February 6, 2009) can now purchase their tickets online at

The inaugural gala, supporting ARFAC, will be chaired by community leader Sandra Mandel, with Honorary Chair Robert Kennedy Shriver III and an Honorary Committee including the Honorable Willie L. Brown Jr., Jennifer Siebel Newsom, and congresswoman Jackie Speier.

This event is sure to act as a leading example for fundraising efforts and awareness of Alzheimer’s research programs. ARFAC’s goal is to provide sufficient supplemental funding to enable their beneficiaries to make significant increases in the staffing and support of ongoing Alzheimer’s research programs.

Among ARFAC’s board members are notable community leaders such as Scott Harkonen, MD and CEO of CoMentis; Remsen Kinne, IV Partner with K & L Gates; Maggy Howe, President of MHowe Executive Events, Strategic, Cause Marketing; Adrienne Mally, Principal at Eaton Capital; and Michael Weiner, MD, Director of the Center for Imaging of Neurodegenerative Diseases at San Francisco VA/ UCSF, and recipient of the Middleton Award for outstanding research.

The Gala will be an elegant, black tie affair limited to fewer than 300 seats, and is set to begin at 6:30pm with cocktails and a silent auction. Guests will then be treated to a live auction emceed by San Francisco’s Jan Yanehiro, as well as dinner furnished with the renowned cuisine of Paula Le Duc, cocktails courtesy of Effen Vodka, and design production talent of Billy Harris.

The live auction will feature a limited number of distinctive packages, dense with exceptional, once-in-a-lifetime opportunities. Cult wine packages including rare selections that will astound the palate have been culled from private cellars, and BMW of Concord has generously donated a Mini Cooper for guests to bid on. Additional luxurious travel opportunities are currently being assembled.

For the evening’s silent auction, Robert John Russo Gallery of Los Angeles will be presenting extraordinary pieces of art by leading contemporary masters. The gallery will, and has graciously offered to donate a significant portion of the proceeds. Robert John Russo Gallery specializes in Miro, Matisse, Picasso, Renoir, and Dali. A few pieces from the auction are shown below.

“Woman Juggler”
“Clown with Flowers”
“Profile and Red Child”
“Harlequin with Flowers”