An annual fall tradition in Ithaca, the Alzheimer’s Gala to raise awareness and funds for the Alzheimer’s Association of Central New York, is coming up on Tuesday, November 28. The 11th annual event, hosted by Triphammer Wines & Spirits, returns to the Statler Hotel on the Cornell Campus for the third year.
“There will be plenty of great food, wine, craft beer, and music, with 100% of the ticket and auction proceeds going to the Alzheimer’s Association of Central New York,” says Aaron Rovitz, marketing director for Triphammer Wines & Spirits and Ithaca Coffee Company, a family-owned business dating back 75 years in Ithaca.
This year’s food providers include Ithaca Ale House, Dolce Delight, Gola Osteria, Cayuga Medical Center, Taverna Banfi at the Statler Hotel, Agava, Rulloff’s, Just a Taste, Ciao, and Crossroads. Beverage producers participating include Bellwether Cider, Ravines, Sheldrake Point Winery, Six Mile Creek Vineyard, Wagner Valley, Saranac, Southern Tier Brewing, Hopshire, 1911 Hard Cider, and Cortland Brewing.
The event, billed “An Evening to Remember,” was started eleven years ago by Julie Crowley, the owner of Triphammer Wines & Spirits and Ithaca Coffee Company, when her mother, Patricia Crowley, was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease. She says her mother, who passed away in 2012, would be “so proud of the support in our community for this worthy cause.”
2016’s gala set a new high water mark, raising over ,000. In 2014, the annual event first broke the ,000 level, says Crowley, and a portion of those funds are suppprting a new program helping dementia patients at the Beechtree assisted living center in Ithaca through the nationally acclaimed Music and Memory program, which is being implemented by a team of Ithaca College faculty members and students.
“We are thrilled that our event drew the attention of the Statler, and that they have offered to host us,” Crowley says. Free parking is available for all attendees in Cornell’s parking garage on Hoy Road (just off the Route 366 entrance to campus) with the Statler providing a shuttle between garage and hotel, and VIP attendees can show their tickets at the Statler Hotel’s entrance for complimentary valet parking.
Tickets are available at the Triphammer Wines & Spirits or Ithaca Coffee Company stores, or online at ithacagala.com. Ballroom tickets are $65 or $115 for a pair, and VIP tickets, with access to an early VIP tasting room and valet parking, are $135 or $250 for a pair. Ballroom tickets will be available at the door for $70 each.