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Unforgettable Evening and Auction to benefit the Alzheimer’s Association - RI Chapter on May 3rd, at Quidnessett Country Club

It was a parade of hats and stylish outfits for the 2nd  annual Kentucky Derby Party at the beautiful Quidnessett Country Club in North Kingstown. More than 150 attendees gathered on Saturday, May 3rd to join in the festivities and raise over $35,000 to support programs for Rhode Islanders facing the challenges of Alzheimer’s disease.  “Because of the generosity of the people in Rhode Island, we are better able to provide important services to Alzheimer’s families in the community,” said Donna M. McGowan, Executive Director of the Alzheimer’s  Association - Rhode Island Chapter.

There was something for everyone - a live broadcast of the Kentucky Derby where you could pick your favorite horse, Brass Attack for entertainment, a hat contest, 65 silent auction items including sports memorabilia like a piece of the Green Monster wall at Fenway Park or a picture of Patriots Quarterback, Tom Brady, live auction items too including overnights at the famed Castle Hill Inn, a getaway to San Diego, premium seats at Fenway Park, Patriots tickets and you could take home your favorite bottle of wine with a special prize.

Our Master of Ceremonies was none other than one of Rhode Island’s favorite meteorologists, WPRI12's Tony Petrarca who worked with auctioneer James Rioux, of J. James Auctioneers and Appraisers to help with the bidding. There was also a special “Fund a Program” segment to benefit the Early Stage Social Engagement Program, a free social program for persons with early memory loss and their care partners. The proceeds from the Auction directly support free programs for families like a 24/7 helpline, counseling, education programs, and advocacy.



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