This past Wednesday, Washington D.C.'s philanthropic, society staples dressed their best for the Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation's Twelfth Annual Great Ladies Luncheon and Fashion Show.

This year's fabulous lunch honored Andrea Mitchell, accomplished journalist and news anchor, with the 2022 Great Ladies Award, and Eli Lilly and Company with the 2022 Estelle Gelman Award.

Held at The Ritz-Carlton, the lovely afternoon was a mix of science and fashion, featuring a special preview of Oscar de la Renta’s Fall 2022 Collection in collaboration with Saks.

Reflecting upon the special meaning the luncheon holds, Elise Lefkowitz, who co-founded the event in honor of her mother Estelle Gelman, shared, “This is our 12th year hosting this event and it’s a great comfort to my family to know my mother’s spirit lives on in the work that we are doing – giving of our time and talent to search for a cure for Alzheimer’s. The ADDF is unmatched in its dedication to funding the most promising science and I truly believe that they will be instrumental in finding a cure so that no family has to endure losing a loved one to Alzheimer’s like we did.”

Ever the success, the event raised more than $550,000 - every dollar of which will be used to accelerate the development of drugs to prevent, treat and cure Alzheimer's disease.

Following the afternoon affair, a number of guests, including Oscar de la Renta's Creative Director Fernando Garcia, Co-Founder and Co-Chairman of the ADDF Leonard A. Lauder and more, gathered for a celebratory dinner at Cafe Milano hosted by ADDF and Saks.

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[Photos courtesy ADDF]