On Friday, October 25th, more than 300 guests gathered at Senior Services on Shorefair Drive for the 19th annual Evening for Alzheimer’s Care. This event was created to benefit Senior Services’ Elizabeth and Tab Williams Adult Day Center, which provides person-centered care for individuals living with Alzheimer’s disease or some other form of dementia and much-needed respite for their family caregivers.
Ann and Borden Hanes, the evening’s honorary chairs, welcomed arriving guests along with Event Chairs Angie and Everette Murphy. Heading the list of sponsors were BB&T, the fundraiser’s presenting sponsor, and Mr. and Mrs. Toby W. Robertson, who were the tent sponsors. Among the other top supporters this year were Reynolds American, Semmax Financial and Wake Forest Baptist Health. The generosity of these and many other business sponsors and individual patrons and donors, along with the time invested by dedicated committee volunteers, made the evening possible.
The event wouldn’t have been the same without entertainment by Kevin Douthit on the keyboard. Guests mingled while enjoying the music and bidding on a wonderful variety of silent auction items – more than 450 of them! – which were donated by generous local businesses and individuals. Five Loaves topped off the occasion with a buffet featuring, as entrees, brown sugar-roasted salmon and grilled chicken marsala. A salad of mixed greens, two vegetable choices and assorted breads and petite desserts rounded out the menu.
“This is a special fundraiser,” said Leigh Anne Groves, Senior Services’ chief development officer, “both because of the extraordinary level of community support and because of the significance of the cause. By coming together for this event now each fall for 19 years, businesses and individuals have been making sure that no one needing the services of the Williams Center is turned away because of an inability to pay. It’s not only a fun evening, it’s also an important one – both for the center and the community it serves.”