Members of the Hartman family of Austin, Texas, and special guests B. Smith and Dan Gasby were honored during the event “Alzheimer’s Disease: Together We Care, Together We Cure.” The celebration, held in March, included Medical Center leaders and donors who supported the Hartman Foundation Challenge, which raised more than $2 million for Alzheimer’s disease research at Wake Forest Baptist.
The successful fundraising efforts helped lead to the establishment of the Alzheimer’s Disease Core Center at Wake Forest Baptist.
The celebration included attendees taking part in interactive stations that highlighted the connections between brain health and community, diet and heart health, and memory exercises.
The wife-and-husband duo of noted restauranteur and fashion maven B. Smith (left) and TV producer and media sales executive Dan Gasby were the evening’s special guests.
Smith is a magazine publisher and celebrity chef who has won numerous awards, and Gasby is a television producer and co-founder of the B. Smith retail brand. Since 2013, when Smith was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s disease at age 64, they have worked tirelessly to raise awareness of the disease and, in particular, its effects on the African-American community. In 2016, they published the book “Before I Forget: Love, Hope, Help and Acceptance in Our Fight Against Alzheimer’s,” which chronicles their day-to-day challenges.