First town Alzheimer’s benefit set

In a town that is no stranger to luncheons and galas, the first-ever town benefit for Alzheimer’s disease will finally take place in June.

The Alzheimer’s Association Connecticut Chapter will hold its inaugural event, Celebrating Hope 2013, at Richards on Friday, June 7 from 6:30 to 9 p.m.

“We are excited to be partnering with a team of 22 dedicated and passionate local residents to raise awareness for such an important cause,” said the Alzheimer’s CT Chapter Executive Director, Eleonora Tornatore-Mikesh. “In Connecticut, there are more than 70,000 people living with the disease and 175,000 caregivers. The time to act is now.”

Alzheimer’s disease is the sixth leading cause of death and the only disease that cannot be prevented or cured and death rates have increased more than 68% between 2000 and 2010. Every 68 seconds someone in the United States develops Alzheimer’s. The ticket price, $168, is designed to highlight the breadth of the disease.

The benefit will include cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, a premium silent auction, the music of celebrity entertainer DJ Kunjan and the up-close magic of renowned conjurer Ryan Oakes. Proceeds will support the Alzheimer’s Association, Connecticut Chapter’s local programs, services and research.

Cristin Marandino, editor of Greenwich Magazine and executive editor of Moffly Media’s five town publications, is chairing the event and working with a “passionate group of committee members” from Greenwich and surrounding Fairfield County towns.

For more information about the event or to purchase tickets visit alzcelebratinghope.org or call 860-828-2828.

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