Tonight 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 help a good cause.
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, who is currently afflicted, my first phone call was to Jim, who started the process of getting her proper care.
This will be 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 with several prizes usually unavailable to the public:
— Jim is donating his two tickets and the chance to meet him before the final round of the PGA Championship this Sunday at the Baltusrol Golf Club in Springfield, N.J.
— The Giants have donated four club seats for the Oct. 16 game with the Ravens.
— Yankees general manager Brian Cashman has offered a prize of six seats in his private suite for a game this season.
— The Red Sox have donated a package that includes a pregame meeting with team president Sam Kennedy, a private tour of Fenway Park, including inside and atop the Green Monster, the chance to be on the field for batting practice and two prime box seats.
There are raffle prizes from Rhone Apparel, Colony Grill, Saugatuck Sweets, Jea Jea Sport, Splash Car Wash, Menaji and CBS Sports.
The Blind Rhino will be donating a portion of the revenue from the night. The suggested donation at the door is $20. Even if you come and just have dinner or a drink, you are helping raise money.
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).
I have set up a GoFundMe page for anyone who will be unable to attend but would like to make a donation. Click her for the link.
Please come down tonight, spread the word and bring your friends, so we can pack The Blind Rhino, have a good time and make a difference in the fight against Alzheimer’s.
The Blind Rhino is doubling their donation for any money I spend tonight. I will buy the first drink, up to a total of 10, for every fifth person who says “Beat Alzheimer’s” to me.