They call themselves “Fearless Women.” Last week the “mothers and daughters who move mountains” joined with husbands and other assorted male companions for a luncheon at the Resort at Pelican Hill. They came to raise funds benefiting two very different medical needs: autism and Alzheimer’s disease. And, they came to hear the inspirational message of two close friends, both personalities from the world of television: Leeza GibbonsLeeza Gibbons and Nancy Alspaugh-Jackson. Both champion the search for help on behalf of autistic children and adults fighting dementia associated with Alzheimer’s.
Gibbons, best known for her on-camera hosting roles on TV’s “Entertainment Tonight” and then on her own “Leeza Show,” can be heard on a nationally broadcast radio program, “Hollywood Confidential.” Additionally, Gibbons has established an organization know as Leeza’s Place, which is dedicated to serving people suffering from memory loss. Leeza’s Place was created in memory of Gibbons’ mother and grandmother, both of whom succumbed to Alzheimer’s. She has written a book, “Take Your Oxygen First,” in response to the path of caring for a loved one with the disease.