April 5, 2024

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Join us for a night of elegance and support The Purple Gala! This special event will bring together friends and supporters of the cause to celebrate and raise funds for critical research towards a cure.

Alzheimer’s disease affects millions of people worldwide and has a far-reaching impact on those diagnosed, their families, and communities. With your support, we can work towards a future free of this debilitating disease.

Your attendance and support will not only make a difference in the fight against Alzheimer’s, but also send a powerful message of hope to those affected.

Join us and make a difference in the fight against Alzheimer’s!

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Did You Know

More than

182,009 people

are living with Alzheimer’s in the Central & North Florida Chapter

Alzheimer's Association

Central and North Florida Chapter

The Alzheimer’s Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support, and research. Our mission is to end Alzheimer’s and all other dementia — by accelerating global research, driving risk reduction and early detection, and maximizing quality care and support.


In Florida,
Number of People
Aged 65 and older
with Alzheimer’s

2020: 580,000

2025: 720,000

Paula Rutledge

2024 Purple Gala Chair

Paula is the devoted daughter of Paul and Jean Waters, who lost her battle with dementia in 2019. “Mom” was born in Etowah, NC and moved in the 1950s to Miami, FL where she was in the first graduating class of female detectives. The slow and painful decline in her health and cognition left our family struggling as we mourned for the vibrant, giving and funny woman who had been the lifeblood of our family. Mom wore hats and had a collection of over 300 headpieces at one point. Today, I wear hats in her memory and see to honor her by chairing the Purple Gala to End Alzheimer’s – and all dementia.

Don't Miss The Event of the Year!

Thank You to Our Sponsors

For more information about sponsoring click here, or contact Denise Ward,
Development Manager DLWard@alz.org or call (407) 963-4629