Maria’s March has benefited the Alzheimer’s Association, the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer care, support and research.
- 3:00 PM – REGISTRATION OPENED
- 4:30 PM – OPENING CEREMONY
Maria Shriver was joined by Event Emcee Leeza Gibbons and Event Co-Chairs, Peter Gallagher, Jane Lynch, Dixie Chicks lead singer Natalie Maines, actress Soleil Moon Frye, Body By Jake CEO Jake Steinfeld, Gold Medal Olympian Rafer Johnson & activist Betsy Johnson, City of Long Beach Mayor Bob Foster, CBS Correspondent Barry Petersen, and actor Hector Elizondo. Jane Fonda warmed up marchers with stretching exercises. Music was provided by Jamie Iovine, “DJ Eye.” Jane Lynch, from FOX’s Glee, made a special appearance, along with other cast members. Route entertainment was provided by Taiko Drummers, K-Earth 101, Long Beach Jordan High School Marching Band, Long Beach Jordan High School Drill Team, and Polynesian, African, and Latina Dance Groups.
- 5:00 PM – MARCH BEGAN
- 6:00 PM – FOOD & ENTERTAINMENT
- 6:30 PM – CLOSING CEREMONY & CANDLELIGHT VIGIL including a musical performance by country singer, Brett Eldredge, young Alzheimer’s activists Lindsey Jordan and Alissa Anderegg, and an additional performance by Amber Riley from the cast of FOX’s hit show Glee.
Maria Shriver is a “child of Alzheimer’s” and a long- time advocate for families like hers who are struggling with Alzheimer’s disease. Shriver is the executive producer of the Emmy Award-winning HBO documentary, “Grandpa, Do You Know Who I Am?” which is based on her children’s book, “What’s Happening to Grandpa?” and is part of HBO’s The Alzheimer’s Project. In 2009, Shriver testified before the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging, offering advice to families and caregivers who are affected by Alzheimer’s. In 2010, she continued her efforts with the inaugural Maria Shriver’s March on Alzheimer’s and The Shriver Report: A Woman’s Nation Takes on Alzheimer’s, a comprehensive study on how the devastating disease affects women as caregivers, advocates and patients released on October 15 in partnership with the Alzheimer’s Association.
Photo credits: Alzheimer’s Association