Raising Awareness & Funds at Paint the Night Purple

More than 1,000 attendees are expected at the 7th annual Paint the Night Purple event on Friday, February 22, 2019 at Revel Fulton Market in Chicago to help raise critical awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s disease. Paint the Night Purple brings people together from all across Chicagoland for an unforgettable evening of dancing, cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and desserts.  Chicago native group – The Boy Band Night – will be returning once again as the headlining live entertainment, and the event will feature other musical guests throughout the evening as well.

“It’s one night of the year for all of us to come together with one cause in mind – ending Alzheimer’s,” says Junior Board member, Sydney Church. “It’s a night to honor and pay tribute to our loved ones, but it’s also a night of celebration and fun. “

Guests can also enter to win lavish prizes during the raffle and silent auction, such Chicago Bears and Blackhawks autographed memorabilia, air travel, tickets to sporting events and museums as well as gift certificates to salons, restaurants, fitness classes and much more. All proceeds from Paint the Night Purple benefit the Alzheimer’s Association Illinois Chapter, and last year’s event raised more than $152,000 for Alzheimer’s care, support and research efforts.

“The event displays the passion of those affected by Alzheimer’s disease, the commitment by so many to find a cure, and the never-ending support we receive from our friends and family,” says Junior Board member, Rob Gialessas. “With the anniversary of the loss of my loved one the week before, I Paint The Night Purple because the joy and positivity the event generates is uplifting.”

Paint the Night Purple is hosted annually by the Alzheimer’s Association Illinois Chapter Junior Board. The Junior Board was founded in 2011 to raise awareness of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias, and to take action through fundraising events, support programs, education and advocacy initiatives. Alzheimer’s has touched each one of these civic-minded young professionals in some way, and all are united by a desire to see an end to the disease.

“Paint The Night Purple is the perfect blend of having a good time and doing good for others.” says Erin Doherty, Paint the Night Purple event coordinator and Manager of External Relationships at the Alzheimer’s Association Illinois Chapter. “It’s a unique platform for us to celebrate and honor the lives of those impacted by this devastating disease, while raising awareness and funds to fight it.”

Tickets for Paint the Night Purple include guest entry, appetizers, desserts, open bar, silent auction, raffle, live entertainment and more! Tickets can be purchased online at www.alzillinoisjuniorboard.org

IWCA Spotlight: Lourdes Cornelius

Women are at the epicenter of Alzheimer’s disease. Founded in 2017, Illinois Women Conquer ALZ seeks to engage and empower more women in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease by raising awareness and taking action through fundraising events, education and advocacy initiatives.

Join Illinois Women Conquer ALZ today!
Any new member who signs up between now and May 11 is entered to win two tickets to the Power of Purple, a garden party luncheon on June 9. Visit ilalzwomen.org for more information.

In this article, we feature Illinois Women Conquer ALZ member, Lourdes Cornelius.

How did you initially hear about IWCA, and why did you decide to join? 

Alzheimer’s continues to affect the lives of friends who either become caregivers or are responsible for an elderly family member. I was first exposed to Alzheimer’s disease when my husband’s grandfather began going out for walks and was unable to find his way home. One of the most difficult experiences I had was leaving him in a facility as he asked “why?” It was heartbreaking. Since then, three of my friends have lost their mothers to complications of Alzheimer’s, while another one tries her hardest to manage her career and be the caregiver to her mother who is in early stages. I stumbled upon IWCA thru a general email that was probably sent by the Alzheimers Association Illinois Chapter. Once I began looking on their website, I discovered that a close friend of mine was on the board.

What has your membership been like thus far? What do you hope to accomplish as a member?

Being a member of this group has been amazing. I quickly joined the steering committee to help organize programs.  The women who are part of this association are even more amazing.  They are dedicated to fighting Alzheimer’s while supporting each other mentally with their personal stories as to why they have joined. Making advancements for a cure for this disease is critical.  This goes beyond scientists, researchers and doctors.  As a member, I’m able to learn more about Alzheimer’s disease, assist in hosting educational events, and help with fundraising efforts. 

Me and other IWCA members at our Fall Networking Event

Why do you think this group is important?

With membership focused on women, the conversations that we have allow our members to be more forthcoming with their personal experiences.  Through these shared experiences we are able to learn from each other and apply new ideas with our loved ones.

In your opinion, why should other women join IWCA?

Why not fight this disease together? Together we are stronger, and are able to make advancements that are needed.

IWCA Spotlight: Jessica Wright

Women are at the epicenter of Alzheimer’s disease. Founded in 2017, Illinois Women Conquer ALZ seeks to engage and empower more women in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease by raising awareness and taking action through fundraising events, education and advocacy initiatives.

Register to join Illinois Women Conquer ALZ today!Any new member who signs up between now and May 11 is entered to win two tickets to the Power of Purple, a garden party luncheon on June 9. Visit ilalzwomen.org for more information.

In this article, we feature Illinois Women Conquer ALZ member, Jessica Wright.

How did you initially hear about IWCA, and why did you decide to join? 

I was on the Illinois Alzheimer’s Association website, and I saw the initial kick off event to start the membership for IWCA. After attending the event, I eventually signed up to join the group. My biochemistry professor – Dr. Jin -inspired me to be more involved in this research. I would like to be involved scientifically, but being a part of this group enables me to help in another way, which is raising funds for research.

What has your membership been like thus far? What do you hope to accomplish as a member? 

I joined the Power of Purple committee immediately and the experience has been extremely beneficial. I love being able to gather and contribute auction items and donations to further our group along in this journey to find a cure. I hope to be a vocal advocate and to continue fundraising for more research in tackling Alzheimer’s disease.

Me, my mom and my grandmother.

Why do you think this group is important?

IWCA is an important group because even though we support other families that live with this disease, we also support each other through this fight. Alzheimer’s has taken so many of our loved ones, and we provide a united front in combating it head on.

In your opinion, why should other women join IWCA?

I believe that other women should join because we all know someone that has been diagnosed with this disease. It’s important we stand strong together in confronting it. IWCA welcomed me with open arms when I joined, and I think these women are quite inspirational. I am glad to be on this journey to finding a cure so that our future is brighter and stronger with age.