Bettina's Take: 2011 Alzheimer's Association Rita Hayworth Gala Kickoff Party

Somers Farkas, Princess Yasmin Aga Khan

"Please come in, great to see you!," said Princess Yasmin Aga Khan at the cocktail party she was hosting in honor of the 2011 Alzheimer's Gala. Khan, looking stunning in a black sequined Naeem Khan top, and Van Cleef & Arpels jewelry, has worked tirelessly for decades to try to find a cure for Alzheimer's and end the suffering of both patients and their families alike. Khan watched her mother, Rita Hayworth, struggle for years with this devastating disease.

"Tonight's kick off cocktail, underwritten by Van Cleef & Arpels, helps to bring public awareness for the 5 million devastated by Alzheimer's disease. Hollywood Glamour is our Gala theme on Oct 25th at the Waldorf. I am thrilled that Anne and Jay McInerney are chairing, and that we are honoring Somers Farkas and HSN's Mindy Grossman," said Khan.

"Look at that gorgeous necklace," said Patty Smyth McEnroe, as we both went crazy over a VC&A diamond pave Alhambra chain, which would have looked particularly good with her vintage green dress. Actually, it would have looked particularly good on anything or anyone, anywhere.

"I'm going to be singing at this year's gala," said Smyth McEnroe, exciting news for all those planning to attend. I speak from personal experience—I've seen her in concert. She will blow your mind.

Jay and Anne McInerney, in a sexy and striking gold dress by Nicole Miller, chatted with supporters, including Deborah Norville, Dr. Stephen Gullo, Nicolas Luchsinger of VC&A, Felicia Taylor and Margo Nederlander.

Somers Farkas, wearing Paola Quadretti (the designer was also in attendance) was there with her proud and charming husband, Jonathan.

"I am humbled with this honor, by the warmth and love bestowed, and by the support of friends, associates and colleagues, whose encouragement and confidence strengthens all of us. Together we will find a cure and lessen the devastating effects of the Alzheimer's disease," said Farkas.

The 2011 Rita Hayworth Gala will take place on October 25th at the Waldorf. I will be there to support this worthy cause.

Photo: Somers Farkas and Princess Yasmin Aga Khan