Fundraiser supports local Alzheimer's Association

The Alzheimer’s Association of Northern California and Northern Nevada has scheduled its 17th annual Memories in the Making Auction fundraiser 6 p.m. Feb. 28 at the Computer History Museum, 1401 N. Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View.

The event will feature live and silent auction items including travel experiences, rare wines, and sports and theater tickets. Artwork from the Alzheimer’s Association’s Memories in the Making program, a therapeutic art class for people living with Alzheimer’s disease, will be on display.

According to Diane Kounalakis, chairwoman of this year’s event, a highlight of the Memories in the Making benefit is hearing from people who are either living with dementia or Alzheimer’s or their caregivers, usually children or parents, who share their personal struggles.

“The moment you hear them speak, you can’t find a dry eye,” she said. “Their stories are relatable and powerful.”

Kounalakis lost her mother to Alzheimer’s in 2017.

“It is my mission, every day, to work tirelessly for those who have lost their voices,” she said. “We all need to speak for those who no longer can,”

The Memories in the Making event annually raises more than $250,000 for the Alzheimer’s Association.

Tickets are $150.

For tickets and more information, visit

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