This year marked the 25th Anniversary of the Alzheimer’s Association Minnesota – North Dakota chapter’s Annual Purple Gala. The event was held at The Depot downtown Minneapolis this past Saturday, May 6th, 2017.
English Rose Suites & b♦home Home Care had the honor of attending this wonderful event full of glamour, inspiration, and fundraising for a great cause. We have been attending the event for over 20 years and every year we’re amazed by how much money can be raised when people come together for a cause.
“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,” said Vicki Martini, English Rose Suites & b♦home Home Care VP of Operations & Marketing.
Over 850 people were in attendance honoring those affected and impacted by dementia this year making the event truly remarkable.
The evening started out with a reception and a silent auction. Many fantastic items were auctioned off ranging from a weekend getaway to Duluth, Minnesota to a Circus Experience Class at Circus Juventas to an autographed, game-used Devan Dubnyk goalie stick and everything in between.
A tribute was done remembering Bobby Vee, American pop/rock singer, during dinner by The Killer Vees featuring Jeff, Tommy, and Matt Vee. They played a few of his hits. Vee, originally from Fargo, North Dakota, rose to fame in the 60’s with hits such as “Susie Baby” and “Take Good Care Of My Baby.” Vee continued to perform live until 2011 when he was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. Vee passed away October 2016.
The live auction was entertaining with many great items. A couple of the most talked about items were Super Bowl LII VIP Experience featuring two tickets to the big game and a chauffeured ride to and from the stadium in a Bentley. Another hit item was cocktails with Andy Cohen – featuring a flight for two to New York City, two nights in a hotel in Times Square, and cocktails with Andy Cohen as part of the exclusive studio audience during the taping of a live show. Both of those went for over $10,000. They also had a Porsche Driving Experience in Los Angeles and passes to Minnesota’s top private golf courses.
The evening ended with a dance and live music from The Bruce Henry Band. The event has raised more than $850,000 to date. If you wish to donate to Alzheimer’s research, it’s not too late, click here to donate now.