2008 Gala 'Casablanca Revisited' attracts 200 people
More than 200 people stepped through the doors of the Pend Oreille Pavilion at Northern Quest Casino and back in time March 14 for the eighth annual Nancy Rockwell Gala and Auction presented by the Kalispel Tribe of Indians.
“Casablanca Revisited” was the theme for the evening, and the mood was set with life-size cutouts of Humphrey Bogart and the big band music of Men of Rhythm.
Monica Rockwell shared memories of her late mother-in-law, Nancy Rockwell, for whom the event is named. In 1999, Nancy Rockwell, a well-known child advocate who was in the early stages of the disease, died in a Palouse wheat field after getting lost on her way home from a health club.
Harry Johns, national president and CEO of the Alzheimer’s Association, gave an update on the fight against the disease. Brian Albrecht, meteorologist for KHQ television, served as master of ceremonies for the evening.
Auctioneer Phil Harris, a former Spokane County commissioner, got the auction off to a roaring start when he sold the hat off of his head to the highest bidder. Spirited bidding continued throughout the auction, with the Gonzaga University women’s basketball team serving as spotters.
The winner of the Golden Basket Award was Hospice of Spokane with its “A Taste of Italy” basket. The traveling trophy goes to the organization whose gift basket attracted the most bids during the silent auction. The Hospice basket received 12 individual bids during the event.
Presenting Sponsor for the Gala was the Kalispel Tribe of Indians. Gold sponsors were the Forest Glen Family of Fine Wines, Prime magazine and the Men of Rhythm. Silver Sponsor was the Pacific Northwest Inlander. Care Sponsors were Pathology Associates Medical Laboratories and Northwest Health Systems. Table Sponsor was Brookdale Park Place. The 2007-08 Prestige Partners for the Alzheimer’s Association – Inland Northwest Chapter are Clare Bridge of Spokane, Northpointe Retirement Community, Harbor Crest Retirement Community and LaMar TEK.