Alzheimer's Association, Orange County Announces Honorees and Headliner for 2014 Gala

American Idol winner Taylor Hicks to perform at Orange County gala
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IRVINE, Calif. - Jan. 31, 2014 - PRLog -- Alzheimer’s Association, Orange County (AAOC) (, one of Southern California’s premier nonprofits, today announced that tickets are available for “Creating Hope,” the organization’s signature, fundraising gala. The Saturday, March 1, event at the beautiful Balboa Bay Club in Newport Beach promises an exciting and inspirational evening, with proceeds providing help to those affected and ensuring that Alzheimer’s isn’t the legacy left to our children.

“Creating Hope” will begin with an elegant cocktail reception from 5:30 to 7 p.m., followed by fine dining, an honoree awards ceremony and a live auction from 7 to 9 p.m. Next up will be fabulous Club Hope entertainment from 9 to 11 p.m. Chart-topping superstar Taylor Hicks, one of the most popular American Idol winners of all time, will headline Club Hope entertainment. This heartfelt crooner will deliver his take on Southern soul, R&B, country and blues.

A live auction of unique experiences also promises to delight guests, with tempting packages ranging from a one-of-a-kind Angels baseball package to a remarkable weekend at Rancho Las Lomas. Individual tickets start at $500, with premium tables of 10 available for up to $25,000.

The event is generously presented by the Argyros Family Foundation; co-chairs are Eydie and Dave MacInnis.

“We’re looking forward to hosting more than 300 esteemed guests as they join us in supporting the tens of thousands of families in Orange County affected by Alzheimer’s and related dementias,” said Jim McAleer, president & CEO of AAOC.  “This year’s gala theme, ‘Creating Hope,’ alludes to the determination of the Alzheimer’s Association to help families find the hope in a tragic disease – through programs, services and research.”

Alzheimer’s is the fourth leading cause of death in Orange County, and sixth nationwide. The Alzheimer’s Association is the primary resource for families battling this disease with free services, including a 24/7 Helpline, support groups, research trials and educational materials. Proceeds from the March gala will go toward treatment research and will enable AAOC to continue to provide its services at no cost.

“Creating Hope” 2014 Gala Honorees include:

Jacqueline Dupont, Irvine Cottages/Assured In-Home Care Corporate Partner
Jody Hudson, First American Trust Volunteer Partner
Jeannie and Brett Lawrence, Rancho Las Lomas Community Partner
Donald (Don) Palmer Philanthropy Partner

Dazzling and unusual live auction items include:

·         One-of-a-kind Angels package, including a stadium lunch with the Angels general manager and six tickets to an Angels/Red Sox game in a luxury suite and more

·         Two nights for four at the exclusive Casa Bella at Rancho Las Lomas, a dining adventure from 24 Carrots, plus a “back cage” tour with Rancho’s famous white Bengal tigers

·         World-class retreat at The Resort at Pelican Hill Villas, including golf and private wine-tasting

·         New York luxury package with all the trimmings

An opportunity drawing will be held with the lucky winner receiving a four-day, three-night vacation at the luxurious Four Seasons Resort, Maui at Wailea, including first-class tickets from Alaska Airlines and much more. Tickets are $100 each or three for $250. Winner need not be present.

Donors and sponsors include Alaska Airlines (, Farmers and Merchants Trust Company (, Four Seasons Resort – Maui at Wailea (, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (, Rancho Las Lomas (, The Resort at Pelican Hill (, First American Trust (, Assured In-Home Care ( and Irvine Cottages (

More details, including ticket and opportunity drawing information, are available at

About Alzheimer’s Association, Orange County Chapter

The Alzheimer's Association is the world’s leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Its mission is to eliminate Alzheimer’s through the advancement of research, to provide and enhance care and support for all affected, and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. Since 1982, Alzheimer’s Association, Orange County Chapter has been providing programs and services, free of charge, to Orange County residents with Alzheimer’s and related disorders, their families, caregivers, and the community. Alzheimer’s is a neurodegenerative illness that weakens the memory and other cognitive and emotional functions. For more information, call the 24/7 Helpline at 1-800-272-3900, or visit

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