Casino Regina hosts “A Night to Remember” With The Milkman’s Sons
Night to Remember Alzheimer patients – The Milkman’s Sons at Casino Regina
Photograph by: Don Healy , Regina Leader-Post
REGINA — It’s all about remembering special people and an important cause.
The Alzheimer Society of Saskatchewan’s Night to Remember Fall Gala, being held Oct. 22 at the Casino Regina Show Lounge, will strike a familiar chord with The Milkman’s Sons, the evening’s entertainment.
Three of the four band members have had a family member diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.
“Performing at this event is very special for both me and my brother, Ken, because our mother, Alice Kupchyk, passed away last year. She had Alzheimer(’s disease),” explained Mickey Kupchyk. “It is also special for our drummer, Terry Anaka, whose own mother now suffers from Alzheimer’s.”
Sharing their music to benefit the charity and the people the Alzheimer Society supports seemed fitting, he said.
“When our mother was alive, Ken and I would go out to the home where she stayed to play guitar and sing for her and all the other Alzheimer patients,” Kupchyk recalled. “It is amazing how they respond to music and can remember the songs, even if they can’t remember their own family.”
When the society approached The Milkman’s Sons about performing at the annual fundraiser, the band jumped at the opportunity, but insisted on doing it for a “significantly cut rate.”
“We wanted the money to stay with the society as much as possible,” Kupchyk said. “That’s just such a small thing that we can donate. It’s very close and dear to us … We want them to make as much money as possible, so they can help more people.”
The Milkman’s Sons has played at The House of Blues in Chicago, at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts, as well as the Craven Country Jamboree, but the upcoming performance at the Casino Regina Show Lounge will be a highlight in the band’s career, Kupchyk said. “This is one venue that was on our bucket list.”
“We are hoping to raise about $184,000,” said Trina Hodel, fund development and door relations co-ordinator for the Alzheimer Society of Saskatchewan. Last year’s event raised $172,000.
The evening will include live and silent auctions, featuring everything from box seats to an Oilers game in Edmonton to a trip to Scotland. The grand prize draw will be for a $12,500 diamond-and-gemstones bracelet from Victoria Jewellers.
Proceeds from the fundraiser will support research, programs and services for people with dementia and their caregivers and loved ones, Hodel said.
Tickets for A Night to Remember are $150