Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Alzheimer dinner tops $4,000

The charitable dinner for the Alzheimer Society of Kenora-Rainy River Districts, held Saturday night at La Place Rendez-Vous here, was a success—bringing in more the $4,000 that will be used locally to help people affected by Alzheimer’s disease and their families.
“It went very well,” said Rossana Tomashowski, acting executive director for the society.

“It’s wonderful to see the local businesses and people supporting it,” she added.
“Usually there are people who have been supporting it for years—it’s the same group of people—but there were a few new faces, which was great to see.”
Entitled “Forget Me Not,” the annual event included a tasty meal, featuring a main course of chicken breasts stuffed with ricotta cheese, spinach, and bacon, along with local entertainment, a silent auction, and a mystery prize raffle.
Tomashowski said the amount raised was comparable to previous years, typically raising anywhere from $3,500-$5,000.
And with about 60 tickets sold, attendance was up from the past few years.
Tomashowski also acknowledged the volunteers who donate their time to the Alzheimer Society, as well as the generosity of local businesses, citing especially the Rendez-Vous, who provided the side dishes, and Cloverleaf Grocery in Emo for donating the meat.
“We [also] collected a lot of prizes,” she noted, adding she was happy to have local volunteer Faye Flatt help co-ordinate the event.
“She organized the silent auction and the mystery prize,” Tomashowski said, noting the silent auction brought in about $900 while the mystery prize raffle raised $500.
“We thank the businesses who donate every year and those who sold tickets for us. It really helps,” Tomashowski stressed.
“People were very generous.”
Entertainment was provided by Larissa Desrosier, who wowed the crowd with a selection of original and cover songs—all boasting a positive message of love and friendship.
Johnathan Price of 93.1 The Border served as emcee for the evening while remarks about the Alzheimer Society were made by Tomashowski, board chair Cathy Linton, and local Client Services co-ordinator Mary O’Connor.
“We have dinners in all the communities,” Tomashowski said of the charitable event, noting the next one is the Linda Johnson Memorial dinner in Rainy River on Jan. 25.
“January is national [Alzheimer’s] awareness month,” she added. “Early diagnosis keeps your life from unravelling—that’s been the theme.”
Tomashowski noted several other events are being hosted by the local Alzheimer Society throughout the month.
For instance, a virtual dementia tour was held yesterday at the Super 8 Motel here to show people what it’s like to live with dementia.
As well, they are holding a “Coffee Break Challenge” while the annual cash calendar photo contest wraps up this month.
“If you want to host a coffee, tea, or bake sale—it doesn’t have to be necessarily a coffee break,” Tomashowski stressed.
“Some of the schools are doing pajama days with funds being raised for the cause.”
As for the photo contest, Tomashowski urged people from Rainy River District to submit photos for the 2015 cash calendar.
Categories include lake scenery, landscape, garden and flowers, and nature.
“It would be nice to get photos from this area, as well, not just Kenora,” she noted.
“So if you know anyone who is a budding photographer or who wants to donate a photo, let them know.”
The Alzheimer Society of Kenora-Rainy River Districts develops and provides support, educational programs, and information to people with the disease, their families, caregivers, and members of the health-care team.
For more information, call 1-800-682-0245 or e-mail info@alzheimerkrr.com

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