27th Annual Purple Gala | An Elegant Evening
Another successful Minnesota-North Dakota Alzheimer’s Association Purple Gala is in the books. English Rose Suites and b♦home Home Care had the honor to support this wonderful event once again this year. The evening is truly about coming together for such an important cause. The 27th Annual Purple Gala was held at The Depot downtown Minneapolis on Saturday, May 4th.
A group of our leadership team members and a couple significant others put on their “Sunday best” and came together to celebrate and honor those impacted by Alzheimer’s and related dementias. The glamorous evening includes a delicious three course meal, silent and live auction, exceptional speakers, entertainment and live music with a dance following the event.
“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 to raise money for education, Alzheimer’s care, support and research,” said Vicki Martini, English Rose Suites & b♦home Home Care VP of Operations & Marketing.
A Great Evening
Ian Leonard, Fox 9 Chief Meteorologist, again did a wonderful job as the Master of Ceremonies always making sure to add in a little humor to an otherwise somewhat serious event.
The gala chairpersons this year were Julie and Rick Krieger, who have been on their own journey of being impacted by this disease. Julie was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s at age 54. To see more about Julie’s story, click here.
We had the privilege of seeing Twin Cities own, Kat Perkins perform her song, “Fearless” during the event. Perkins was on Season 6 of NBC’s The Voice, making her way to the semifinals. Originally from Scranton, ND, Perkins opened up for one of the first times about the impact Alzheimer’s had on her growing up and how the disease affected her maternal grandmother. More on her story can be seen here.
Today, 5.8 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s. By 2050, the number of people 65 and older with Alzheimer’s dementia could grow to a projected 13.8 million. Alzheimer’s is the most expensive disease in the nation.
The importance of the money raised by the Gala and the Alzheimer’s Association cannot be expressed enough. Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias on their own are devastating enough. The financial impact on top of that brings even more emotional implications to the table. Even the smallest donations can help those impacted by Alzheimer’s and related dementias.
Last year was the first year in the history of the Purple Gala, that over $1 million dollars was raised. Did they surpass the million dollar mark again this year? Yes, they did! The event raised $1.17 million dollars through the silent auction, live auction, and monetary donations.
Every year we are amazed by the power of people when everyone comes together for a great cause. It is truly remarkable.
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