Inaugural Alzheimer’s & the Arts fundraiser to benefit USF Health Byrd Alzheimer’s Institute

Tampa, FL (Oct. 1, 2013) — The USF Health Byrd Alzheimer’s Institute will hold Alzheimer’s & the Arts, an evening of artistic expression, 6 to 9 p.m., Saturday, Nov.  23, at the Institute, 4001 E Fletcher Ave, Tampa, FL 33613.  The fundraiser will benefit research, patient care and education.

The inaugural event will feature live entertainment and an online auction.  Performers include accomplished jazz pianist and singer Lillette Jenkins-Wisner of Orlando. The 89-year-old former Sarasota resident, who was diagnosed with memory loss at the Byrd Institute, will perform with her daughter and granddaughter. Other performers include the Shoes At the Door Dance Company comprised mostly of graduates from USF’s School of Theatre and Dance, vocalist and Byrd Institute CEO Dave Morgan, PhD, and the La Lucha jazz band featuring Alzheimer’s researcher John O’Leary on piano.

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An important part of the fundraiser will be an online auction beginning Nov. 9 and concluding at the event. The auction will include original artwork created by people living with Alzheimer’s and donated by the families of residents at Arden Courts memory care facilities (Tampa, Sarasota and Seminole).  Guests can also bid on a variety of items donated by community partners such as SeaWorld/Aquatica, Tradewinds Resorts, and Charles Jewelers, to name a few.

Guests can bid on auction items displayed at the event from any location using their smartphones or designated on-site computers.  They will also have the opportunity to “Make their Mark against Alzheimer’s” with a fun interactive activity.

The event includes hors d’oeuvres, beer and wine.  Registration is $100 per person. To make a reservation, please visit: http://health.usf.edu/byrd/alzandartsevent.htm.

The online auction will begin at 8 a.m. Saturday, Nov.  9, and run through Nov. 23 at 8:30 p.m.  Bidding will be available through Bidding for Good online and/or mobile smart phones before and during the event. To access online auction, visit www.biddingforgood.com/byrdinstitute.

For more information, contact Holly Lisle at (813) 974-0890 or hlisle@health.usf.edu.

 -USF Health-

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