Memory Ball 2016 – An Elegant Gala in Support of the Alzheimer Society of Toronto

The Fifth Annual Memory Ball took place on Saturday, April 2nd, 2016 at the Palais Royale. Since its inception in 2011, this glamourous cocktail reception raised nearly $200,000 for the Alzheimer Society of Toronto, a non-profit organization that offers support and resources to people with dementia, their loved ones, and caregivers. All of the proceeds from the night’s event will be given to the Alzheimer Society of Toronto so that the organization can continue to increase public awareness of the disease, promote research, and advocate for services that respect the dignity of the individual afflicted with Alzheimer’s disease or a related form of dementia.

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This year’s Memory Ball featured a silent auction filled with amazing prizes such as lunch for four people with Canadian sports legend Donovan Bailey at The Spoke Club, a Swarovski bracelet/choker, and the Cadillac ‘Dare Greatly’ package, which included a two night roundtrip stay in Montreal and a $1000 shopping spree. The raffle was also a huge hit with the guests where the tickets were very affordable and had great prizes such as a $500 travel credit courtesy of VIA Rail and a dress from Bazzul, a Toronto-based women’s fashion label.

The herring and vodka bar, sponsored by Absolut Vodka, was a fun addition to the event with guests downing shots of Absolut Elyx vodka and taking bites of pickled herring. Throughout the evening, there was a huge lineup of people waiting to get their portraits painted by Becki di Leo, a live watercolour artist who created really lovely fashion portraits of the attendees. Following a short yet poignant video, Cathy Barrick, the CEO of Alzheimer Society of Toronto, took to the podium to express gratitude to the guests and sponsors in attendance and reminded everyone that those afflicted with Alzheimer’s disease and their loved ones are never alone, that there are leagues upon leagues of information and resources available, and together ‘we’re going to kick Alzheimer’s ass!’

The evening concluded with some more speeches of gratitude from the Memory Ball committee, dancing with music provided by DJ Alex Tribe and DJ Guillaume Viau, and a late night snack bar.

About the Young People Against Alzheimer’s (YPAA)
The YPPA is an organization consisting of dedicated and passionate individuals to raise awareness of Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia among a young demographic. To learn more about the organization and the Memory Ball, please visit http://www.memoryball.org

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