B. Smith to appear at Wartburg gala tonight

Dan Gasby and B. Smith. Photograph by Heather Weston
Dan Gasby and B. Smith. Photograph by Heather Weston

Wartburg, an integrated and comprehensive senior care services provider in Westchester County, will be hosting its four annual gala, celebrating its 150th anniversary, from 6 to 10 p.m. tonight. The evening will feature a special appearance by restaurateur, model, author and television host B. Smith, along with her husband, Dan Gasby. Dominic Carter, RNN/FIOS1 political reporter, will be the emcee of the event, which takes place at The Surf Club on the Sound in New Rochelle.

Smith, who at 63 was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s, will talk about her recently published book, “Before I Forget,” co-authored with her husband, Dan Gasby, a media sales executive, and contributing Vanity Fair editor Michael Shnayerson. The book, which offers stories of family, life and hope, is designed to be a practical guide for readers dealing with the day-to-day challenges of Alzheimer’s.

“What I have come to realize in my journey with my wife, B. Smith, is that Alzheimer’s disease is a 21st-century civil rights issue,” Gasby said in a statement. “Two out of three people living with Alzheimer’s are women. Blacks and Latinos are two or three more times as likely to be diagnosed and the cost of care is staggering and devastating to a family of moderate means.  We recognize Wartburg as a beacon in long-term care and a backstop for those who need to know that their loved ones with Alzheimer’s are treated with dignity and respect and are delivered first class health-care services.”

The dinner will feature a silent auction and music performed by The Groove Shop, singer Addie Silver and musical directors Jeff Catania and Jeffrey Miller. Tickets are $250 and can be purchased by clicking on to http://wartburg.org/resources-news/events/?ee=19 . – edited by Georgette Gouveia

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