Celebrating Hope 2016

Alzheimer’s Association Connecticut Chapter
When: May 6, 2016
Photographs: Nick Caito Photography and Olivier Kpognon Photo + Design

Five hundred people packed the Delamar Greenwich Harbor l’escale in Greenwich, CT for Celebrating Hope 2016, the fourth annual benefit for the Alzheimer’s Association Connecticut Chapter. Guests, dressed in the Alzheimer’s signature purple, were treated to cocktails and hors d’oeuvres on the waterfront terrace and a special dinner menu created by Chef Frederic Kieffer Entertainment was provided by DJ Kunjan and the What Up Funk band.

Bidding was brisk for the live and silent auction items including the popular year of shoes from Richards of Greenwich. The event raised more than $350,000 to support the 74,000 Connecticut residents who are living with the disease and their 177,000 caregivers.

Bill and Jack Mitchell of the Mitchell Family of Stores were recognized for their unwavering support and received a symbolic glass slipper. Herb Magley, an Alzheimer’s advocate whose wife and father-in-law lost their battles with early onset Alzheimer’s, challenged the crowd to donate generously and “paint this place purple.” Keynote speakers Dan Gasby and lifestyle maven, restaurateur and model B. Smith spoke about their journey living with Alzheimer’s disease since B.’s diagnosis at sixty-four.

Celebrating Hope 2016 event cochairmen Ginge Cabrera, Cristin Marandino and Nancy Ozizmir led a dedicated committee including 55 local volunteers representing eight towns throughout Fairfield County (Darien, Fairfield, Greenwich, New Canaan, Norwalk, Ridgefield, Rowayton and Stamford).

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