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Wine & Watercolors Mixer and Silent Auction to benefit Alzheimer's association

Published: Thursday, April 17, 2014 3:19 p.m. CST

NAPERVILLE – Residents of the Silverado Naperville memory-care community will auction their paintings at a benefit for others with dementia at an April 30 event.

Silverado Naperville will host the upcoming Wine & Watercolors Mixer and Silent Auction and feature about 20 paintings by residents. The event is open to the public, and is expected to draw more than 100 participants to raise money for the Greater Illinois Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, according to a press release.

The event represents a practice central to Silverado’s care, which is enriching lives of those with dementia by helping them to experience the fulfillment of achievement, giving and engagement.

Wine & Watercolors Mixer and Silent auction will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. April 30 at Silverado Naperville, 1936 Brookdale Road, Naperville.

The event is free, open to the public and a variety of gourmet hors d'oeuvres and refreshments will be served. For reservations, call 630-778-9221. Attire is business casual. Proceeds will be donated in the artists’ names to the Greater Illinois Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association.

“The classes and auction bring joy and a feeling of connection to our residents, as well as showing that people with dementia can lead meaningful lives,” Naperville Administrator Linda Wylder said in a press release. “Having our residents contribute their artistic abilities for this event is very special. It’s a wonderful celebration of their abilities, not limitations. It helps create community awareness and hope, and benefits a cause that is close to all of our hearts.”

Residents have created many of the pieces that will go up for auction in a weekly free-style art class. Similar auctions at other Silverado memory care communities have generated thousands of dollars for the cause. Individual works, many of which now hang in offices and homes, have sold for more than $200.

Silverado was founded in 1996 with the goal of enriching lives of those with memory loss by changing how the world cares for and perceives the cultural stigma of cognitive decline, according to a press release.

To learn more, visit silveradocare.com or call 866-522-8125.

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