Kimberly Williams-Paisley headlines Alzheimer’s benefit

From left, Scott Mitchell, Eleonora Tornatore-Mikesh, Celebrating Hope 2014 event chairmen Lynn Hagerbrant and Cristin Marandino and Jack Mitchell.

From left, Scott Mitchell, Eleonora Tornatore-Mikesh, Celebrating Hope 2014 event chairmen Lynn Hagerbrant and Cristin Marandino and Jack Mitchell.

Actress Kimberly Williams-Paisley and her father, Gurney Williams III will be attending Celebrating Hope, an upcoming cocktail benefit hosted by the Connecticut Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association in Greenwich.

But they won’t be there just to enjoy Greenwich’s hospitality. They are coming to support a cause close to their hearts and share the experiences they’ve faced while caring for family matriarch Linda Williams, who was diagnosed with primary progressive aphasia (PPA) in 2005.

The father-daughter pair has been published in Redbook Magazine, offering personal insight on how Linda’s struggle with dementia has impacted their family relationships. Celebrating Hope will be held from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. tomorrow June 13 at Richards of Greenwich on Greenwich Avenue.

Ms. Williams-Paisley is most easily recognized for her recurring role on According to Jim and for the movie Father of the Bride, and recently guest starred in the finale of Two and a Half Men with husband country superstar Brad Paisley.

When her mother Linda was diagnosed with PPA at 61, Ms. Williams-Paisley was forced to balance her burgeoning career with the care and support her mother needed as her health deteriorated.

“I had to let go of the mother I grew up with, because she’s not there. It was painful to look at the person she’s become. But if I say good-bye to that person who doesn’t exist anymore, and say hello to someone with whom I still have a bond, it’s much easier to love her and be with her,” Ms. Williams-Paisley said in a statement.

While she and her father understand there is no cure for Linda’s condition, may believe they can use their story to raise awareness and help other people.

Guests attending Celebrating Hope 2014 are encouraged to wear purple attire in support of Alzheimer’s as they enjoy cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, entertainment and a silent auction. Items available for bidding include a year of shoes from Richards, vacation packages and luxury accessories.

Event sponsors include Champion of Hope sponsor Granoff Architects as well as Partners of Hope sponsors Akorie, Grace Aslanian; Barbara Zaccagnini; Czech Asset Management; Stephen Czech and wife; Maplewood Senior Living; Dan and Nancy Ozizmir; Bankwell; Baywater Properties; The Bristal Assisted Living; Clay Health Club + Spa; Connecticut Pharmacy; The First Bank of Greenwich; Food Design; Gway Printing & Graphics; Eric and Lynn Hagerbrant; Horseneck Wines & Liquors, Theresa Rogers Matthews; Kunjan of Kunjan Collective; King Street Rehab; Mat and Lisa Lori; Merrill Lynch of Greenwich; Moffly Media; Ryan Oakes Conjurer; Richards; Silver Hill Hospital; Sono Bello, Westchester, Wilton Family Dentistry, James Aris; Winston Flowers and The Greens at Greenwich.

Proceeds from Celebrating Hope support the Alzheimer’s Association local programs, services and research. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit or call 860-828-2828.


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