Hometown Highlight: An Evening to Remember

With more than five million Americans living with Alzheimer’s disease, Alzheimer’s is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States – killing more people than breast and prostate cancer combined. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, it is estimated that one in three seniors die with Alzheimer’s or another dementia and by mid-century, someone in the U.S. will develop the disease every 33 seconds.

Alzheimer’s affects millions of people and not only those diagnosed with the disease, but their families and friends as well. Whether it be a parent, spouse, sibling, friend or caregiver, Alzheimer’s has sadly affected almost everyone in some way. Although there are currently treatments that can temporarily slow the worsening of the symptoms, no actual cure has been found. In hopes to find a cure, community members and local businesses in Midland, Texas have joined together to raise awareness through the fifth annual An Evening to Remember gala.

This year’s event will feature guest speaker Col. Mike Bumgarner, who is most noted for serving as the commander of the guard force for the Guantanamo Bay detention camp. He will discuss the correlation of soldiers suffering from PTSD and their likelihood of developing Alzheimer’s disease.

Starting at 6 p.m., a wine reception and silent auction will be held prior to the event with dinner and a live auction to follow. All proceeds from the event will go toward benefiting national research and education efforts through the Alzheimer’s Association – West Texas Chapter.

“We are honored to give back to such a worthy cause,” said Event Chairman Scott Nelson. “Whether it be a parent, family member or friend, each of us know someone battling this disease. Our hope is that by giving to the Alzheimer’s Association, we can work together to find a cure and help those dearest to us – right here in our Midland community.”

Proudly sponsored by FirstCapital Bank of Texas, Ortloff Engineers and Concho Resources, An Evening to Remember will be held Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017 from 6 – 9 p.m. at the Petroleum Club of Midland. Tickets can be purchased in advance for $125 or at the door for $150. For more information to purchase tickets or to make a donation, please email Ken Tomlinson, Table Sales/Event Underwriters Chairman, at ktomlinson@https://www.fcbtexas.com.

For more information on how you can help find a cure for Alzheimer’s or for information about the symptoms of Alzheimer’s, please visit Alzheimer's Association's website.