Monday, March 4, 2013 , Updated 12:00 p.m., April 4, 2013
Linda Gray will replace Larry Hagman as keynote speaker at annual Alzheimer’s luncheon
The fundraiser will remember Hagman and honor his wife, who lives with the disease.
DALLAS Because the original nighttime drama Dallas was filmed primarily in L.A., many may be surprised to know that its California-based star, Larry Hagman, who was born in Fort Worth, maintained a lifelong connection to North Texas, particularly as a supporter of its cultural and philanthropic organizations. On April 5, the Alzheimer’s Women’s Association for Resources and Education (AWARE) will honor Hagman’s service during its 24th annual luncheon Friday, April 5.
Prior to his death last fall, Hagman was slated to appear as the event’s keynote speaker, discussing what it is like to live with a spouse with the disease. His close friend and fellow Dallas star, Linda Gray, will replace him, sharing personal and intimate stories in remembrance of Hagman and in honor of his wife, Maj, who suffers from Alzheimer’s. While Gray has not previously been involved with AWARE, her own mother suffered from the disease, and Gray is co-chair with Maria Shriver for Women Against Alzheimer’s, in addition to being a spokesperson for Meals on Wheels and supporting AIDS fundraisers.
Luncheon tickets are $150, and funds raised will stay in North Texas, serving 34 counties through the Great Dallas chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association. Since 1989, the luncheon has raised over $12 million to bolster education, community outreach, and research.
A silent auction will begin at 10:30 a.m. at the Hilton Anatole in the Chantilly Ballroom, with the luncheon beginning at noon. Tickets are limited and may be purchased by contacting Sharon Walker at firstname.lastname@example.org or 214-369-2459.
Find more information at awaredallas.com.
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