Every 66 seconds someone in the United States develops Alzheimer’s. It takes a devastating toll, not just on those with the disease, but entire families.
I know. My mother has suffered with Alzheimer’s for a little over six years. Though she is still alive, I largely feel like I have lost her. I will never have the closure of letting her know that she will always be my closest friend and supporter. I will never get the chance to really say thanks a final time.
I know too many families that have gone through the same heartbreak, and I have always wanted to do something more tangible so one day the suffering ends.
On July 28, from 5-9 p.m., The Ruden Report and The Blind Rhino restaurant in South Norwalk is teaming up for a fundraiser I am calling “Memories Should Last A Lifetime.”
I hope all of you, my friends, colleagues and readers, will consider attending and circle the date on your calendars.
All money raised will benefit The Nantz National Alzheimer Center, started by my friend, CBS sports commentator Jim Nantz, who lost his father to the disease eight years ago following a prolonged battle. Jim has become one of the driving forces in working to find a cure. When we first suspected something was wrong with my mother, my first phone call was to Jim, who started the process of getting her proper care.
I am telling friends that this is an “unfundraiser fundraiser,” a casual night where I want everyone to have a good time and raise money for a good cause.
There will be a tremendous live auction: Jim is donating his two tickets and the chance to meet him before the final round of the PGA Championship that Sunday, July 31, at the Baltusrol Golf Club in Springfield, N.J. The Giants have donated four club seats for the Oct. 16 game with the Ravens. And Yankees general manager Brian Cashman has offered a prize of six seats in his private suite for a game this season. There will be raffle prizes from Rhone Apparel, Colony Grill and Saugatuck Sweets.
The Blind Rhino will be donating a portion of the revenue from the night. The suggested donation at the door is $20.
My friend Denis LaPolice will be the auctioneer and a number of current and former FCIAC athletes have generously agreed to donate their time as volunteers (Ridgefield soccer player Natalie Brassinga designed the flyer above).
Please save the date and spread the word so we can pack The Blind Rhino, have a good time and make a difference in the fight against Alzheimer’s.