By Cindy Metcalf
Alzheimer’s Day Services of Memphis (ADS) was founded by four families who needed help caring for their loved ones with Alzheimer’s. It started as a respite program in one room at the Lewis Community Center. Twenty-seven years later ADS has grown into an operation that provides affordable, stimulating, therapeutic day programs for those living with Alzheimer’s and other related disorders. ADS is open from 7am-6pm Monday thru Friday in two locations: Dorothy’s Place on Hickory Hill and Knight Arnold Road; and Grashot Center on Raleigh LaGrange Road inside Kennedy Park (between Covington Pike and Stage Road).
It costs ADS over $75 a day per participant to maintain its activities program, but most families only pay $30 a day. The services provided are funded by participant fees, grant and scholarship funds, fundraising activities, and donations of money, services, and goods. ADS is a non-profit corporation with a 501 (c) (3) tax designation and is not affiliated with any other local or national agency.
On Saturday, September 25, Kirby Pines Retirement Community is presenting the ADS 7th Annual Garage Band Reunion to benefit the Ricky Huddleston Memorial Scholarship Fund. This fundraising event will be held at The Warehouse at 36 East G E Patterson Avenue in downtown Memphis. The Garage Band Reunion started in 2004 and was inspired by Ron Hall’s book and the WKNO program Playing for a Piece of the Door: A History of Garage and Frat Bands in Memphis 1960-1975. The event continues to gain popularity each year, and it is easy to see why. For those who attend it is a casual night of reminiscing fun with dancing and good music from the 60s and 70s, a time when local bands flourished in Memphis and the Mid-South.
During this event guests will enjoy heavy hors d’oeuvres and drinks while listening to live music from local musicians. Bands scheduled to perform include Interstate 55, Reflections, Eddie Harrison and the ShortKuts, Down to Five, and Pat and Susanne Jerome Taylor. A silent auction will also take place, featuring works from local artists, spa packages, restaurant gift certificates, and casino packages.
Larry Raspberry will serve as emcee for the evening, taking occasional breaks from those duties to perform with some of the featured bands. Another special guest, David “Flash” Fleischman, will also be performing. At this year’s reunion the evening’s honoree will be the late Willie Mitchell, an important figure in the Memphis music scene. His son, Boo Mitchell, will be accepting the award on his behalf.
Tickets for this fundraising concert are $50 per person. For more information you can call Katie Redus at (901) 372-4585 or go to alzheimersdayservices.org.
By Cindy Metcalf