The Alzheimer’s Association Greater Indiana Chapter is hosting the 30th annual Chocolate Sunday champagne brunch on Sunday, Nov. 7 from 9:30 a.m. – noon. at a new location, Scottish Rite Cathedral. Precautions such as masks and physical distancing will be taken, and an option to participate from home will be available. Funds raised during the event support the care and research programs of the Alzheimer’s Association.
In 2020, Chocolate Sunday raised more than $278,000 – a new record – despite being a virtual-only event.
“We are thrilled to be back in person for this milestone anniversary,” said Kristy Garcia, manager of relationship events, Alzheimer’s Association Greater Indiana Chapter. “When this event started in 1991 there were no approved treatments for the symptoms of the disease, let alone for the disease itself. Today, we now have the first of what we know will be many treatments approved to slow the progression and give people more quality time with their loved ones. Events like Chocolate Sunday help fund the research that leads to these breakthroughs, and keeps programs and services free of charge for those affected.”
The event will include a campaign brunch complete with chocolate, a silent auction and Fund the Mission, where attendees are invited to donate toward the mission. There will also be a speech from a local woman who lost her mother to Alzheimer’s.
Premier auction items include an electric bike, a wine tasting for 20 from Total Wine, a weekend trip to Washington D.C. and an Indiana Pacers package with 18 tickets to the Mayor’s Suite and two VIP parking passes for the Dec. 16 game against the Detroit Pistons.
There will also be a special auction item for race fans that includes four highly sought-after Silver Badges for the entire month of May. Come race day, the winning bidder will receive four Pre-Race Cold Pit credentials which provide access to track itself along with drivers, celebrities and VIPs before start of the Indy 500, four reserved seats in the Tower Terrace Grandstand and four exclusive hospitality passes to the sold-out Brickyard Club, including a fully catered premium buffet, complimentary drinks from the bar and one special parking permit.
More information is available at ChocolateSunday.org.
The event coincides with National Family Caregivers Month. During November, the Alzheimer’s Association recognizes the more than 16 million people in the U.S. who are currently providing unpaid care to a person living with Alzheimer’s or another dementia. That includes approximately 342,000 Hoosiers.
Chocolate Sunday 2020 is supported by presenting sponsors the Hulman George family and the Fitzgerald Family; major sponsor Eli Lilly and Company; and signature sponsors Story Cottage, Senior Home Companions and Claire E. Lewis, attorney at law.