Members of the Krewe of Nyx recently premiered a brand-new fall event, “Purses & Pearls.” The party with a purpose featured the latest fashions from a variety of local retailers, as well as a stunning array of artfully designed handbags that were on the auction block. The luncheon event took place in the ballroom of the Sheraton, which was transformed into a sea of pink for the special occasion.

“Our membership wanted to give back to the community so Nyx board members selected the Louisiana Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association as the beneficiary of a portion of the proceeds generated from our inaugural event,” said event chairwoman Shaney Woods. The group reached out to WWL-TV’s Laura Buchtel, a former Nyx Grand Marshall, who agreed to emcee the festivities.

Statistics indicate that over 5 million Americans are currently living with Alzheimer’s. The progressive brain disorder eventually destroys brain cells that cause the loss of memory and brain function.

Dr. Vernilyn Juan, a physician specializing in geriatric medicine at Touro, regularly treats patients with the disease.

“Planning in the early stages of Alzheimer’s is key,” explained Juan. “Dementia is a large umbrella of progressive brain disorders, and Alzheimer’s is but one disease in that category of illnesses.” Juan said patients with support from a strong family infrastructure are able to remain in their home longer than patients who may not have family caregivers nearby. Education and early diagnosis clearly seems to benefit both the family and the patient, as well as to prepare the family for what is often a long road of extended caregiving.

Nyx President Julie Lea said she wholeheartedly supports the work of the Louisiana Alzheimer’s Association. “It is our hope to generate significant revenue today from ‘Purses & Pearls’ and supporting the goal of one day discovering a cure from this debilitating disease.”

If you missed the fun at the Sheraton with the women of Nyx this year, you’ll want to plan ahead to support this worthwhile cause next fall.

To learn more about the disease and the work of the Louisiana chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, please take a moment to visit

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