Gene Shalit Named Chairman For Fifth Annual Alzheimer’s At Tanglewood Event

LENOX – Noted film critic and television personality Gene Shalit will return as the honorary chairman of the 5th Annual Alzheimer’s at Tanglewood event to be held on July 26, in Lenox. 

Sponsored by the Alzheimer’s Association Massachusetts Chapter, the event is part of the special daylong celebration of Tanglewood on Parade. Shalit, a Berkshire resident who lost an older brother to Alzheimer’s, was the very popular host of last year’s successful event, mingling with the crowd and graciously posing for photographs.

The day-long celebration includes the gala Tanglewood on Parade festivities, featuring entertainment on the grounds in the afternoon, then evening performances by the Boston Symphony, Boston Pops, and Tanglewood Music Center Orchestras, all capped off with a lavish display of fireworks. The private reception for Alzheimer’s at Tanglewood guests will be held in the Hawthorne Tent from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Guests at the reception will be able to bid in a Travel, Art, and Entertainment silent auction. Featured items include theater tickets and a backstage pass to this season’s sold-out Tony award-winning show Spamalot (starring Alzheimer’s Association spokesperson, actor David Hyde Pierce); a cast-autographed Spamalot poster; Caribbean, Boston and Cape Cod vacations, unique artwork, and much more. Auction items are online at www.alzmass.org for preview and early bidding.

Tickets for the concert and reception are $65, $110, and $185. Ticket prices reflect seating in the Koussevitzky Music Shed for the 8:30 p.m. concert. Convenient parking close to the Tanglewood gate has been reserved for Alzheimer’s at Tanglewood guests.

Since 2000, Alzheimer’s at Tanglewood has raised more than $150,000 to benefit the Alzheimer’s Association. Money raised goes for research and to support services for families and patients in Massachusetts with this progressive, degenerative brain disease. There are currently 4 million Americans with Alzheimer’s disease. In Massachusetts alone it is estimated that more than 250,000 family members are coping with a loved one having Alzheimer’s disease. Co-chairs of the planning committee are Jane Edge, an occupational therapist who is director of Rehabilitation at Sweet Brook Transitional Care and Living Centers in Williamstown, and Karen Gold of Lanesboro, a nurse and former family caregiver.

For ticket, advertising, and sponsor information or to donate to the silent auction, call Kathryn Hedgepeth at 413-787-1113 or E-mail: kathryn.hedgepeth@alz.org.

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