The 2nd Annual Memory Ball, a masquerade ball that features dancing, socializing and raising funds and awareness for Alzheimer's, recently took place at Riverview Inn.
Cindy Hancock of LifeLinc Pain Centers and Alison Head Hurt were among the organizers of the event.
“This was our 2nd annual Masquerade Ball,” Hancock said. “All of the proceeds will benefit Clarksville's Walk to End Alzheimer's. And we were so excited to have so many great participants, donors, and door prizes this year. You name it, we had it. This was a big event.”
Over one hundred fifty guests were in attendance, wearing their masks, and fully in the spirit of the evening. Bidding on the silent auction items was robust.
“Last year we raised about $8,000,” Hancock said. “This year we're hoping to increase that figure.”
Hancock lost her grandmother to Alzheimer's. “Many of my friends have lost loved ones as well,” She said. “We see what they deal with on a daily basis. We've got to help find a cure for this disease. We are looking for that first survivor right now. It's America's 6th leading cause of death, and currently there is no cure.”
Alison Head Hurt's story is similar. “I lost my mother to Alzheimer's last year, and my cousin, Pat Head Summit,” she said. “So I've always been involved in fundraising to bring awareness and find a cure for Alzheimer's”.
Hancock points out that the Alzheimer's Association provides free resources for families in their community. Money raised helps fund that support locally.