Blending an evening of fine entertainment with a chance to give back to the local community, the Alzheimer Society of Washington is hosting “An Affair to Remember – Broadway Nights!” on Saturday, February 21 at the Bellwether Ballroom in Bellingham, WA.
The 4th Annual Affair to Remember event is Alzheimer Society of Washington’s largest fundraiser of the year. This year’s event includes a very special performance by Sheryl Lee Ralph, actress (Sister Act 2, The Flintstones, Christmas in Compton), vocalist, and original star of Dreamgirls, the Broadway musical.
Ralph, who was nominated for a Tony Award, also produced the album In the Evening, the title track of which hit #6 on the Billboard Dance Music charts. She is currently starring in the Showtime series Ray Donovan and Nickelodeon’s Instant Mom.
In addition to the concert, Affair to Remember guests will enjoy cocktails, passed hors d’oeuvres, dessert dash, live and silent auctions, and a plated gala dinner with wild salmon, steak, or vegan options. Tickets are $100 in advance and $125 at the door, dress is formal Broadway attire. Corporate sponsorships and auction donation opportunities are available.
The event serves to raise awareness of Alzheimer’s and other dementias and to raise funds to continue supporting Whatcom County residents and their families who are impacted by memory loss.
The numbers continue to rise.
Recent studies estimate the number of people being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease will reach 13.8 million by 2050, tripling the number currently diagnosed with the disease. More local help is needed now and in the future both for those with memory loss, and for their caregivers.
“All proceeds from our fundraising events support individuals and families in Whatcom County who are struggling with Alzheimer’s and dementia,” said executive director Kathy Sitker. “This is our main fundraising event of the year – it’s so very important because the money we raise impacts the level of support we can provide to those in need in our community.”
Alzheimer Society of Washington helps more than 500 residents each year.
Alzheimer Society of Washington relies on the generous support of the local community to continue their mission of providing education, support and resources. The organization serves more than 500 residents annually and offers professionally facilitated support groups, educational conferences, memory screenings, “Staying Connected” classes for those with early stage memory loss, and Project Lifesaver radio bracelets that help law enforcement quickly find elders who have wandered.