Friday, April 18, 2014

Flappers Fighting Alzheimer's



Before my grandmother passed away she no longer knew who I was. She often asked for family members who had died long ago and became frantic at her loss of memory. She suffered from Alzheimer’s disease. Sadly, this is an all-too-common way in which we must say goodbye to a loved one. More terribly, it’s an all-too-common way those with the disease must say goodbye to the world.

The Alzheimer’s Association exists to end these painful goodbyes and give back healthy and joyful years.  Its mission is to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health.

"Alzheimer's disease is the sixth-leading cause of death in the United States
and the only cause of death among the top 10 in the United States
that cannot be prevented, cured or even slowed."
- Courtesy of alz.org

To raise money to help realize a world without Alzheimer’s, the local Northwest Ohio chapter hosted The Great Gatsby Roaring 20s Spring Gala on March 28, 2014.  I attended the party with the co-chair of the event, and photographer for this blog/friend/coworker, Patty Gelb.  We both embraced the 20s theme with sparkly, fringed dresses and feathered headbands.  I got my dress for a steal at Burlington Coat Factory and Patty found hers at Dillard’s.

We enjoyed dinner, scrumptious Cupcakes by Ashley, swingin’ big band music by Swingmania and bidding on several silent auction items. But playing dress up as flappers sipping on hooch at a speakeasy with our Sheiks, all for a special cause, was the cat’s meow!

For more information on how you can join the fight against Alzheimer’s please visit the Alzheimer’s Association website. Current volunteer opportunities include organizing and managing events, public speaking, general office work, answering questions and offering assistance through the helpline and at events and becoming an advocate. Of course donations are also always welcome and needed. Funds are used to provide educational programs, professional training and services like the adult day center. Make a donation here.


Best Dressed

 Cara Novesbey & Andrew Langston

AnaLicia Duell & Alex Catchings, board member of the Alzheimer's Association of Northwest Ohio and the evening's speaker, who talked about his experience as a caregiver for his grandfather


More of the Evening
 


The Details
Dress: Burlington Coat Factory, similar herehere, here and here
Sandals: Gianni Bini, past season, similar here and here
Headband: Francesca’s
Feather hair clip: Claire’s
Brooch on headband: Thrifted
Faux pearl necklace: Unknown, similar here
Faux pearl and rhinestone bangles: Unknown, similar here and here


What do you think of our Great Gatsby themed garbs?