Town’s first Alzheimer’s benefit passes with flying colors

Scott Mitchell and Eleonora Tornatore-Mikesh, the executive director at the Alzheimer’s Association’s Connecticut Chapter, pose at the benefit.

Scott Mitchell and Eleonora Tornatore-Mikesh, the executive director at the Alzheimer’s Association’s Connecticut Chapter, pose at the benefit.

Bad weather from Tropical Storm Andrea was no match for 300 brave souls who came out to Richards in support of Celebrating Hope 2013, the first benefit for Alzheimer’s Disease ever to take place in Greenwich.

Guests, many of whom wore Alzheimer’s signature purple, were treated to lavish hors d’oeuvres by Food Design Catering, the magic of Ryan Oakes, music by DJ Kunjan and a silent auction that featured items for everyone — from tropical getaway vacations to kids parties to beautiful jewelry.

“We could not be more thankful for the efforts of the team of 22 dedicated and passionate local residents led by Chairman Cristin Marandino who made this event such a success,” said the Alzheimer’s Connecticut Chapter Executive Director, Eleonora Tornatore-Mikesh.

Cristin Marandino, editor of Greenwich Magazine and executive editor of Moffly Media’s five town publications, provided inspirational personal remarks to those in attendance along with Stephen Hume, past member of the Alzheimer’s Association National Board of Directors and current board member of the Alzheimer’s Association Massachusetts/New Hampshire Chapter.

Scott Mitchell, owner of Richards added that, “This year’s event was a great step in bringing Alzheimer’s awareness to the region. Rarely does a charity raise more than $100,000 for their first event and the Mitchell family is proud to have been a small part of the event. We look forward to building this event into a major fund-raiser in our community.”

The event raised more than $100,000 for the Alzheimer’s Association, Connecticut Chapter.

The Alzheimer’s Association is the largest private funder of Alzheimer’s research. Proceeds from the evening will support research as well as community and caregiver education and family support services.

For more information, visit alz.org/ct.

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