Last nights AFTD’s HOPE RISING BENEFIT co-chaired by Donald Newhouse, Kathy Newhouse Mele, and Daniel Hedaya was a spectacular gathering to honor David Zaslav, (President and CEO of Discovery Communications) with the Susan Newhouse & Si Newhouse Award of Hope. Paula Zahn served as the host for the evening and attendees were dazzled by a selection of songs performed by Tony Award winner Kelli O’Hara (The King and I), including a wonderful rendition of “If You Knew Susie.”
Not all dementia is Alzheimer’s. The most common form for people under age 60 is FTD. The Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration (AFTD) is the leading nonprofit working to improve quality of life for people affected by FTD, and to drive research to a cure. The inaugural Hope Rising Benefit is the largest event of its kind ever hosted by AFTD, targeting increased awareness of FTD and support needed to accelerate AFTD’s mission. Those gathered on 9/29 will play a vital role in advancing: collaborative research; increased awareness; vital support for those directly impacted; education for healthcare professionals; and advocacy for appropriate, affordable services.