The tradition at the annual Rita Hayworth gala on behalf of the Alzheimer’s Association is a theme based on one of the screen legend’s films. For the 10th anniversary event the other night, held in a tent adjacent to New York’s Tavern on the Green, the film was “The Loves of Carmen,” which meant lots of colorful clothes, flamenco music and, of course, sangria.
Dressed in an off-the-shoulder multicolored gown, Yasmin Aga Khan, Hayworth’s daughter, welcomed such guests as Jonathan and Laura Tisch, Michael and Diandra Douglas, Deborah Norville and Karl Wellner, Vera Wang, Robert Wolders and Anne Hearst.
“We’ve raised $14 million since 1985,” Khan proudly announced before handing out awards to Burt Resnick and Dr. Allen Roses for their support.
After dinner, a group of flamenco dancers performed, but not Diandra Douglas, the evening’s chair, who many had thought would give a demonstration.
“We had talked about it,” Douglas said before the party. “I do know how to flamenco, but getting up in front of 2,000 people and doing it isn’t my idea of fun.”