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Westport Goes Purple For Alzheimer’s Awareness

The Band Together CT 2015 Committee. See story for IDs. Photo Credit: Contributed
The Band Together CT “British Invasion” Cast Members. See story for IDs. Photo Credit: SimplyMaura Photography

WESTPORT, Conn. --  Westport First Selectman Jim Marpe will participate in two events Saturday, Feb. 28 dedicated to raising awareness for Alzheimer’s disease.

Westport Goes Purple for Alzheimer’s will include lining trees on Main Street with purple ribbons to raise awareness for Alzheimer's.

Marpe also will announce the upcoming concert, Beatles, Stones & The British Invasion – A Benefit Concert for Alzheimer’s, to be held Friday, March 13 at the Fairfield Theatre Company. The concert features Band Together CT founder and Fairfield resident Jerry Vigorito.

Following his address Saturday, Marpe will place a purple ribbon on a tree located outside of David's Tea.

Select Westport merchants will participate in the event by decorating their store windows and offering product discounts. David's Team is  at 135 Main St., Westport.

Band Together founders and Connecticut residents Jerry Vigorito (Fairfield) and Rob Fried (Redding) will team up with Fuzz and Cyrus Madan from Deep Banana Blackout and featured vocalists Tracy James, Jean Marie Rivera and Carrie Sangiovanni from Caravan Of Thieves; drummer Mike Marble; saxophonist Jim Clark and Frisky A Go Go Dancers to host the benefit.

“This is one of our most popular shows,” said Vigorito, co-founder of Band Together CT. “Once again, we raise the bar for our friends and partners at the Alzheimer's Association, Connecticut Chapter."

Founded in the spring of 2006 at the local Grange in Weston, Band Together CT unites a network of talented musicians and artists with local nonprofits to raise funds for families in need of a helping hand.

To date, Band Together CT has raised more than $1.4 million for local charities and families.

Tickets are $40 each and are available for purchase online or by phone (203) 259-1036. Proceeds from the concert will benefit the 72,000 people in Connecticut currently living with Alzheimer’s, as well as their 176,000 caregivers.

First photo: Band Together CT 2015 Committee Back Row: Jerry Vigorito, Dennis Conley, Stephanie Hilton, Kathleen Hoefer, Dennis Garan, Laura Roberts; Front Row: Leslie Hinshaw, Giovanna LoSardo, Beth Jabick, Laura Incerto, Brianna Relihan, Emily Vatter, Howard Bloom, Lexi Rodriguez; Absent: Maura Stokes, Rob Fried, Max Snyder, Kristin Studeny, Diane Sembrot, Meg Thompson, Chris Urpin, Elena Petrenko, Claire Hunter, Jennifer Walker and Desiree Negri.

Second photo: Band Together CT “British Invasion” Cast Members (credit: SimplyMaura Photography) Back row: Cyrus Madan, Fuzz, Carrie Sangiovanni, Jean Marie Rivera, Andy Kadison, Jim Clark, Mike Marble; Front row (kneeling): Jerry Vigorito, Tracy James, Frisky a Go-Go and Rob Fried.

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