Alzheimer's of CNY cancels 'Mystery' event

Citing continued economic decline and anticipated shortfalls, the Alzheimer's Association, Central New York Chapter has cancelled its "Unraveling the Mystery" murder mystery event on May 16. Instead, it will conduct an online auction for the goods and services intended for use in the event's silent auction.

"These are unprecedented times for the Central New York Chapter," Toni Ann Daley, director of development for the Alzheimer's Association, Central New York Chapter, said. "We attempted to create an event that would require minimal corporate support to be successful and in the end, it just was not possible."

Unraveling the Mystery is the only fundraising event on the chapter's calendar to be cancelled.

"As a not-for-profit, we are caught in the same economic vice as our for-profit partners," Daley said. "When people do not spend money or investments take a hit, companies feel the pinch. We feel it doubly. People are donating less individually because they have less money. And when companies are not doing well, they tend to spend less on community initiatives."

Volunteers and staff from the Alzheimer's Association have collected more than 50 items for the event's silent auction, including gift certificates, condo stays and vacation overnights, gift certificates to local stores and restaurants and artwork. These items will be part of a special eBay auction run by the chapter.

Items will go live at noon on May 5 and run for seven days. A link to the auction and items will be featured on the Alzheimer's Association, Central New York Chapter Web site, alzcny.org, and its news portal, alzcny.org/news.

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