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Power Of Purple Fuels Fight Against Alzheimer’s Disease In Greenwich

Celebrating Hope 2016 Chairmen Nancy Ozizmir, Cristin Marandino and Ginge Cabrera make a toast.
Celebrating Hope 2016 Chairmen Nancy Ozizmir, Cristin Marandino and Ginge Cabrera make a toast. Photo Credit: Contributed

GREENWICH, Conn.— Five hundred people packed restaurant, L’escale, at the Delamar Greenwich Harbor in Greenwich recently for Celebrating Hope 2016, the fourth annual benefit for the Alzheimer’s Association Connecticut Chapter.

Guests were treated to cocktails and hors d’oeuvres on the waterfront terrace, a special dinner menu created by Chef Frederic Kieffer, and entertainment by Kunjan Collective and The What Up Funk Band. Amid the purple orchids from Winston Flowers, bidding took place for the live and silent auction items including the popular Year of Shoes from Richards of Greenwich.

Bill and Jack Mitchell of the Mitchell Family of Stores were recognized for their unwavering support and received a symbolic glass slipper. Herb Magley, an Alzheimer’s advocate, whose wife lost her battle with early onset Alzheimer’s, challenged the crowd to donate generously.

Keynote speakers B. Smith, restaurateur, magazine publisher, celebrity chef, and nationally renowned lifestyle expert and her husband, Dan Gasby, spoke about their journey living with Alzheimer’s disease. B. Smith, a groundbreaking supermodel and the first African American woman to be featured the cover of Mademoiselle, was outfitted by Marietta C. of Greenwich with makeup and hair by Andrew Stefanou Salon & Spa of Darien.

Celebrating Hope 2016 event chairmen Ginge Cabrera, Cristin Marandino and Nancy Ozizmir led a dedicated committee including 60 local volunteers representing eight towns throughout Fairfield County. Greenwich Magazine, published by Moffly Media, served as the exclusive media sponsor for the event. The event raised more than $350,000 to support the 74,000 Connecticut residents who are living with the disease and their 177,000 caregivers.

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