Paula Rutledge is simple to select of any crowd. It’s the hat that provides her away.
She is a member of the board of administrators of the Central and North Florida Alzheimer’s Affiliation and chairman of its inaugural Purple Gala, to be held April 15 at Rosen Shingle Creek in Orlando.
Like so many who’ve declared warfare on this brain-wasting illness, there’s a private connection for Rutledge. She speaks of her mom’s life earlier than she was robbed of her reminiscences—a lady who was a pioneer in a person’s career and an lively entrepreneur. Seeing the sunshine exit of these vibrant eyes was devastating.
Her mom beloved to put on hats and Rutledge honors her reminiscence by sporting hats to public occasions.
Purple Gala attendees are in for an entertaining night. Public sale objects vary from luxurious touches to once-in-a-lifetime experiences, together with a $60,000 VIP package deal for the 2024 Daytona 500 with all entry, driver breakfast, broadcast sales space, private tour.
“The night will embody tales from these impacted by this illness, stay and silent auctions, dinner, dancing and leisure by Michael Andrew and Swingerhead,” says Matt Eaton, vp of communications for the Florida arm of the Alzheimer’s Affiliation, whose native workplace is in Longwood.
For extra details about the affiliation and the Purple Gala, go to purplegala.org