What is the Denim & Diamonds Event?
This year marks our eighth anniversary of hosting our Denim & Diamonds Gala, our largest fundraiser of the year. Guests are encouraged to wear their finest casual and western chic – including cowboy hats. Our gala raises money to help fund support groups, exercise classes and educational series for those who suffer from Parkinson’s disease, their family members and caregivers who live throughout Kentucky and Indiana.
The fact that the event is in its eighth year must be reassuring to know how much the Louisville community cares, correct?
Yes. Our Denim & Diamonds Gala accounts for 40 percent of our annual operating budget. It is very evident by the money raised from our gala, as well as other donations we receive, thatLouisville and Indiana values the services and support we offer.
What can attendees expect to see this year?
On Friday, June 5, we will host our gala at the Mellwood Arts Center, room 3. Tim Laird, our emcee, will begin the evening at 6:00 p.m. with a silent auction, followed by a delectable, western-themed dinner catered by Wiltshire Pantry. Shaun Logsdon, affectionately called “The Cowboy,” will lead us through our Live Auction and Raise the Paddle. At 9:00 pm attendees can dance to the high-energy, dance party music of Endless Summer Band.
For those unaware of what the Parkinson Support Center of Kentuckiana is, could you briefly explain?
The Parkinson Support Center is a local non-profit organization dedicated to providing access to care, education and social assistance to patients and families affected by Parkinson’s disease in Kentucky and Indiana. Our mission is to promote a healthier and improved quality of life for those living with Parkinson’s disease in our communities. We currently offer 18 support groups and 10 exercise classes throughout Kentucky and Southern Indiana.
Are tickets still available? If so, how can people go about purchasing them?
Yes, tickets are $225/person or $1,700/table and can be purchased online at www.parkinsoncenter.org/8th-annual-denim-diamonds-gala or checks can be mailed to 315 Townepark Circle, #100, Louisville, KY, 40243. We are selling after-dinner tickets for $50/person for those who wish to enjoy part of the silent auction, dancing and music. For those who can’t attend, our silent auction will be online, effective May 27, on our WEDO Auction website: www.wedoauctions.net/denim&diamonds.