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'Rainbow' show to benefit Alzheimer's center

Master of Ceremonies Ben Lockett, left, and Administrative Assistant Nancy Goode are preparing for “An Evening in the Rainbow Room” fundraiser scheduled for August 17 that benefits the Albany Alzheimer’s Outreach Center.

Master of Ceremonies Ben Lockett, left, and Administrative Assistant Nancy Goode are preparing for “An Evening in the Rainbow Room” fundraiser scheduled for August 17 that benefits the Albany Alzheimer’s Outreach Center.

ALBANY, Ga. -- Lucky ticketholders for the Aug. 17 "An Evening in the Rainbow Room" fundraiser will be transported to the glory days of that magical New York City nightclub as they dine and dance the evening away.

But, perhaps even better, they'll be helping out one of the region's most worthy nonprofits.

"An Evening in the Rainbow Room," which features the Billie Holiday/Frank Sinatra-style music of their era performed by local artists Vickie Knuckles, Marcy McCarty, Deborah Miller, Kristie Childress, Sandy Meadows, Bill Sandefur, Dan Howell and Steve Scott, will benefit the Albany Alzheimer's Outreach Center, a facility that provides food and activities for Alzheimer's patients while allowing caregivers deserved alone time.

"The Outreach Center offers Alzheimer's caregivers a timeout," Nancy Goode, the facility's administrative assistant, said. "Caregivers may drop their loved ones off from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday-Friday and know they'll be in good hands. And it's not just a day of sitting in front of the TV either. We provide a hot lunch, two snacks and lots of different activities.

"And we do that all for $2.50 a day."

Part of the mission of First United Methodist Church, the Albany Alzheimer's Outreach Center's services are provided to residents of the 14-county Southwest Georgia region served by the SOWEGA Council on Aging, which provides some funding for the center. Other funds come from area churches and fundraisers like the Aug. 17 benefit.

"This is our fourth year of having a musical benefit," said Goode, a former board member who joins an activities director, an RN, two certified nursing assistants and Director Virginia Griffin as paid employees of the Outreach Center. "We had 'Remembering the '50s,' 'Remembering the '60s' and 'Music Through the Ages,' and we thought this would be a fun addition.

"We have some talented singers participating, and (music director) Vickie Knuckles does such a great job of putting the programs together. The fundraiser has evolved into a really fun evening, and we're so gracious for the work Vickie does to help put it together."

Tickets for "An Evening in the Rainbow Room" are limited, and Goode said interested persons will have to pick theirs up in a hurry as they're going fast. The $25 tickets are available at the Outreach Center's 314 N. Jefferson St. offices.

An Italian dinner, common in the Rainbow Room, will be served at 6:30 p.m. with entertainment and dancing set to start at 7:30. The event is being held in First United Methodist's Ford Hall.

Persons interested in signing up a loved one for services at the Albany Alzheimer's Outreach Center or seeking more information about the facility can call (229) 432-2705 or email alzheimabellsouth.net.

The fundraiser is sponsored by Needmore Properties, Divine Finney PC, Metro Power, United Health Care and Flint Community Bank.