Every spring in Minneapolis, the Alzheimer’s Association Minnesota-North Dakota Chapter hosts a glamorous, exciting evening to celebrate and honor the lives of those who are and have been impacted by Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia’s. 2016 marks the 24th year of the Purple Gala in downtown Minneapolis at The Depot. The evening includes a wonderful meal, live auction, exceptional speakers and entertainment, and an after party full of live music and dancing!
“The Gala is a great honor we can give to the Alzheimer’s Association and individuals with dementia. It is an evening to celebrate all that the Association and our community has done and to raise money for education, Alzheimer’s care, support and research,” says Vicki Martini.
Vicki has been working very hard on the board of the Gala to help bring guests another great year, and hopefully reach the $1 million goal that has been set!
Gala Co-Chair, Emily McNamara explains, “These funds go towards research and programs. This year, our Fund-a-Service is focused on dementia friendly communities in Minnesota. This will help make communities more informed, safe, and respectful of individuals with dementia. $1,000,000 is a big goal, but we came very close at last year’s event. If not, we’ll keep trying!”
Emily has been involved with the Purple Gala for six years. b“I got involved because my dad, Pinky McNamara, battled Alzheimer’s disease for 10 years before passing away. I felt like I needed to be a part of something that helps people with this disease. I think Alzheimer’s leaves people with a feeling of helplessness. There is no cure, prevention or slowing of its progression.”
Vicki continues, “I am also a part of the ACT on Alzheimer’s here in Edina, which strives to create Dementia Friendly communities. This is one of the many focuses of the Association: to educate the community so folks with this disease will be treated as the individuals they are and always have been. They are not their diagnosis, but they do require a little more understanding and help from the people around them. We work, one person at a time, to help understand the diseases, be able to recognize them, and then to extend a kind hand. This is a beautiful gift that I can be a part of and make an impact on.”
The importance of the funds raised by the Gala and the Alzheimer’s Association cannot be expressed enough. Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia’s are
devastating enough on their own. When you factor in the financial and emotional implications that come along with the progression of the diseases, you can imagine what the benefits and relief of the resources provided by the donations can do for a family.
The Alzheimer’s Associations’ 2016 Facts and Figures discusses the impact the diseases have on caregivers, especially family caregivers. As the stages of the diseases progress, the greater the needs are and the greater strain on relationships and health. In fact, twice as many dementia family caregivers reported substantial financial, emotional and physical difficulties as a result.
For many years the Alzheimer’s Association has been an excellent resource and support for families, caregivers and professionals. But it is individuals that keep that going and growing, which is necessary for advancement. There is room for each of us in this battle against dementia. Whether you have a dollar amount to offer, your time, or your voice, eventually we will win the war.
We would love for you to join us at the Purple Gala. To purchase your ticket click here.