Meet Kenny Alhadeff, the 2018 Seattle Walk Chair

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We’re excited to introduce Kenny Alhadeff as our 2018 Seattle Walk Chair!

Kenny brings invaluable leadership experience to his new role as Chair of the Walk Planning Committee, which oversees execution of the Walk to End Alzheimer’s in Seattle. He joins in the fight against Alzheimer’s as a way to honor his mother, who died from the disease.

“It is my honor and privilege to be the Chair of the 2018 Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s in Seattle,” Kenny says. “As we come together to support each other and express the love for those who have dealt with this disease directly or indirectly, it is through our united passion that the research and support services so desperately needed will continue to grow. We walk to remember, to honor, to celebrate and to rededicate ourselves to hope for the future.”

Kenny is part of a historic six generation Seattle family that owned and operated Longacres Race Course. He is chairman of Elttaes Enterprises and owner of the Majestic Bay Theatres. He graduated from Franklin High School in Seattle and Washington State University.

He and his wife, Marleen, established the Alhadeff Family Charitable Foundation in 1997. His passions for the arts, for the importance of philanthropy, for the promotion of social justice and issues of addiction have brought him national acclaim as a public speaker.

Kenny is also a founding partner of Junkyard Dog Productions, a Tony® Award winning producing company dedicated to developing and producing new musical theater. Since its inception in 2006, Junkyard Dog Productions has successfully helmed a variety of original musicals. It has been represented on Broadway by First Date (2013), and produced the 2010 Tony Award Winning Best Musical, Memphis, which enjoyed a successful three year run, as well as a multi-year National Tour and Olivier Award Winning run on London’s West End.

In addition to his work with the Alzheimer’s Association, Kenny is, and has been, a volunteer contributor for a number of organizations including National Alliance of Musical Theatre, Broadway League, the board of regents for Washington State University, the Northwest School for Hearing-Impaired Children, Key Bank National Association, 5th Avenue Theatre Association, Cornish College of the Arts,  Seattle Repertory Theatre, The Seattle Symphony, Seattle Shakespeare Company and On the Boards. He also was co-chairman of Governor Gardner’s commission for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Events.

We thank Kenny for joining the fight to end Alzheimer’s. You can fight too! Join a Walk Planning Committee near you. Learn more at alz.org/walk.

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One comment

  1. Marguerite Daltoso · · Reply

    Congratulations Kenny, I remember you and Marlene and her great Walla Walla Family. Have nice memories of you and your family during the many years you visited in Walla Walla and when we visited at Longacres Race Track with Jerry & Lenore of family during KC Bowling Tournaments. God Bless you for all the good things you do. And Thank you for all you do.
    Marguerite Daltoso

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