The 2nd annual Gala black tie event sponsored by the Alzheimer’s Association’s Desert Southwest Chapter was a special evening to remember.  A vivid rainbow marked The Phoenician in Scottsdale as we arrived.  Was this an omen for a pot of gold?  Surely the sponsor’s hoped so for this well planned fund raiser.  As we imbibed wine and tasted appetizers, we moved among the tables filled with sports memorabilia, golf outings and other special offers to place bids during the silent auction.  We successfully bid on a couple of items: sparkling matching jewelry pieces (a ring, ear rings, and bracelet) and tickets for both the Grand Canyon Railroad and the Out of Africa Wildlife Park.  It was also possible to make a $50 donation for a mystery bag.  The gourmet dinner in the Grand Ballroom started with an endive arugla salad with a delicious square of triple cream brie.  The tender beef filet entre was seared to a perfect medium rare and served with a tasty mozzarella risotto.  Fresh raspberries topped the chocolate mousse desert.  A half dozen special outings formed the basis of a live auction.  Someone at our table successfully bid on the 100th anniversary Indianapolis 500 outing.  Indy car driver Lyn St. James sat at the adjacent table while local political figures such as the mayor of Tempe and athletes such as LPGA golfer Danielle Ammaccapone joined the festivities.  The Sonoran Seranade Big Band provided background music during dinner and performed for dancing later.  Their wide repertoire even included versions of popular music by Phil Collins and Santana.  This gala fund raiser for a good cause was a night not to be forgotten.

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