Tickets available for Unforgettable Art fund-raiser April 28

Artwork created onsite to be auctioned to fund for programs and support for 9,000 Rockford-area residents with Alzheimer’s, family members and caregivers.

Tickets are available for “Unforgettable Art: An Affair for Alzheimer’s” April 28 in Rockford, hosted by the Alzheimer’s Association—Greater Illinois Chapter and AWARE (Advocates for Alzheimer’s Awareness).

Tickets are $50 per person and are available by calling (815) 484-1300 or by ordering online at Tickets also are available at Brio, Cannoli Café, Five Forks and Crimson Ridge.

“This is a fabulous opportunity to be among 50 talented artisans creating works of art before your eyes in a warehouse-turned-studio and to support Alzheimer’s Association programs and services for the 9,000 people with Alzheimer’s disease in northern Illinois, plus their families and caregivers,” said Sharon DeDoncker, chairman of the annual event and charter member of AWARE.

Unforgettable Art will be at Valley Expo and Displays, 4950 American Rd. in Rockford. Doors opens at 6 p.m. for guests to watch artists complete their paintings that will be auctioned at 8:30 p.m. Beverages and hors d’oeuvres will be served.

Unforgettable Art is the premier fund-raiser for AWARE since 2004, with more than $100,000 raised for the Alzheimer’s Association to date.

For more information, contact Jane Snively at the Alzheimer’s Association at (815) 484-1300 or or contact Sharon DeDoncker at (815) 398-8209 or

Alzheimer’s (AHLZ-high-merz) is a progressive disease that destroys brain cells, memory and a person’s ability to learn, reason, make judgments, communicate and carry out daily activities. More than 4.5 million Americans older than 65 have Alzheimer’s today, and there may be a half million Americans older than 65 who have dementia. The Alzheimer’s Association—Greater Illinois Chapter serves 68 counties in Illinois with offices in Bloomington, Carterville, Chicago, Joliet, Rockford, Skokie and Springfield. For more information, visit or call (800) 272-3900.

from the April 18-24, 2007, issue

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