June 22 fundraiser to support local Alzheimer's Association
June 22 is National Chocolate Éclair Day and National Onion Ring Day, but on a more local level, it is the day when Chaddsford Winery will have guests gather on their patio and in their tasting room to support the Alzheimer's Association. June 21st--one day before the fundraiser--has been promoted as a day to come together to fight the agonizing disease.
The event, which will be hosted by Chester County resident Cynthia Moore, with planning assistance from the Armitage family of Kennett Square, will benefit the Delaware Valley Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association.
Guests can expect to enjoy wine often associated with summer soirées: sweet rosé and crisp white will be available, and elegant tea sandwiches and refreshing fruit will be served. Doors will open and wine will be poured beginning at 6:30 p.m. Attendees are encouraged to purchase raffle tickets early in the evening as winners' names will be announced at 8 p.m.
The Delaware Valley Chapter will receive 100 percent of the net proceeds from the fundraiser. Moore, who had spent months planning the event, is thrilled to have the party at the winery this year. The organization's motto of have fun, do good, end Alzheimer's is one most people are happy to support. Moore, a recent transplant from Manhattan, brings her fundraising skills to the Brandywine Valley. She intends to raise awareness as well as increase funding to fight the disease.
"Asking people to contribute a minimum of $25 to attend makes it accessible to a greater number of people," said Moore, who expects to have her old friends show their support. She was raised in nearby Moylan-Rose Valley, but hopes her new neighbors will attend as well.
According to alz.org, more than 5 million Americans currently live with AD. This number is estimated to reach as high as 16 million by 2050. The site also reports that one in three seniors die as a result of this disease or some form of dementia.
As a caregiver to a family member with AD, Moore is among the 15.9 million people who look after someone with the disease. It is also estimated that a majority of the caregivers are female. In fact, more than two-thirds are reportedly women.
The National Institute on Aging supports research that increases our understanding of the disease. Scientists and physicians are collaborating on ways to better identify and comprehend the various factors (genetic, environmental, and biological) that cause Alzheimer's Disease. At present, there are more than 90 drugs being tested in clinical trials.
Moore is passionate about increasing awareness and reminding others that while we may feel powerless against the disease, there is always something that can be done. She hopes to raise several thousand dollars by reaching out to friends and family all over the world.
The individual cost of admission is $25. To obtain a ticket to the benefit, visit:
Those interested in attending the event are strongly encouraged to purchase their tickets prior to June 19.
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