Servers at last year’s “An Evening in the Rainbow Room” recalled the days of “cigarette girls.” (Albany Herald file photo)
ALBANY — What could be more rewarding than a night of quality entertainment with the comfort of knowing that all proceeds benefit a worthy cause?
Tickets are on sale now for the Albany Alzheimer’s Outreach Center’s 5th annual “Blast From The Past” signature fundraiser at First United Methodist Church’s Ford Hall on Aug. 30.
In previous years, attendees have enjoyed rocking and rolling through the ’50s and ’60s, and taking a nostalgic trip back to the iconic Rainbow Room. This year’s theme, “Dancing The Night Away,” will once again provide fun and toe-tapping entertainment.
Albany’s Alzheimer’s Outreach Center provides food and activities for patients suffering from Alzheimer’s while providing temporary relief for their caregivers. According to Administration and Development Director Nancy Goode, “The Outreach Center offers Alzheimer’s caregivers a timeout. Caregivers can drop their loved ones off and know they’ll be in good hands. It’s not just a day of sitting in front of the TV. We provide a hot lunch, snacks, and lots of different activities. And we do that all for $2.50 a day.”
The center also provides support groups for caregivers and patients in the early stages of dementia-related diseases who are learning to deal with their diagnosis, as well as education for those want to know more about the dealing with this type of disease.
Sherwood Christian Academy music teacher Vickie Knuckles has coordinated this year’s program that includes dinner and live entertainment from local dancers and musical guests. “Vickie always does a wonderful job of bringing everything together. She does everything on a completely voluntary basis, and we’re so grateful for her help,” Goode said.
One hundred percent of proceeds earned from this year’s benefit will go toward funding operation of the center.
Dancers instructed by Southwest Georgia ballroom dance instructor Michelle Oaks will showcase various dances from the decades, including swing dancing, the waltz and tango.
Pianist Steve Williams, music minister at Byne Memorial Baptist Church, and the “Just A Couple of Guys” band are set to perform, as well as local singers Kristy Childress, Sandy Meadows, Mandy Kavanaugh, Latisha Rice, Erica Sims and Lauren Stotler. Albany resident Ben Lockett will act as the Master of Ceremonies for the evening.
“We have a great evening planned for everyone, dancer and non-dancers alike,” said Goode. “You don’t have to be out on the dance floor in order to have a good time.”
She added, “We’ve sold out every year, so those who want tickets should go ahead and get them. Attendees are allowed to reserve tables in groups of eight, but if you don’t want to do that, then plan to arrive to the event early.”
The event begins at 6:30 p.m.; attire is business-casual. Tickets are $30 and available by calling the Alzheimer’s Outreach Center at (229) 432-2705, or visiting their offices at 314 N. Jefferson St. For more information, visit the center’s website at alzheimersoutreach.org or find them on Facebook.