Third Annual Heels and Wheels Gala for Alzheimer's

The evening will begin with a light hors d'oeuvres hour while you stroll through the displays and various auction and raffle prizes. There will be a welcome and a short speech from one of our wonderful caregivers and then the live auction begins! After that, the doors to the main showroom will open where you will find food stations and live music. Throughout the evening there will be several special raffles for jewelry, a cruise, and dozens of top-notch gift baskets.

Please come out and join us for a worthwhile cause and support the people of Brevard County!

Sponsorship opportunities that include Gala tickets are also available.

Heels and Wheels 2019 - Talk Derby To Me

Saturday, May 4, 2019

5:30 PM - 9:30 PM

American Muscle Car Museum, Melbourne, Florida

The Event

The Brevard Alzheimer’s Foundation would like to invite you to our 3rd Annual Heels & Wheels Black Tie Gala. The evening will be full of entertainment, auctions, great food and drinks, and fun!

The evening will begin with a cocktail hour with food and drinks while you stroll through the displays and various auction and raffle prizes. There will be a welcome and a short speech from a special guest speaker and then the auction begins! After that, the doors to the main showroom will open where you will find food stations and live music. Throughout the evening there will be several special raffles for jewelry, a cruise, and dozens of top notch gift baskets.

The event is held at the American Muscle Car Museum. This is a privately owned museum, covering 123,000 square feet of space and holding over 250 cars. The cars range from 1950’s classics to modern day sports and luxury cars. In addition to the cars, there are displays of other collectibles like neon signs, antique gas pumps, jukeboxes, motorcycles and more! The museum is not open to the public. There are a select few events held there each year, and that is the only way to gain access to the museum.

Please come out and join us for a worthwhile cause and support the people of Brevard County!

The Cause

What does Alzheimer’s have to do with me?

Alzheimer’s disease is the disease that you don’t think about until it affects you, or someone you know, personally. It’s the “scary” disease with no cure.  The disease that no one wants to talk about.  It’s just too frightening to think about.  If we did, we would have to imagine someone we love who is now a stranger, even to themselves.  Not only a stranger, but someone completely incapable of taking care of themselves at some point in the disease progression.  Completely incapable of the everyday things we take for granted.  What if you forgot how to brush your teeth?  The brush is completely foreign- you, literally, have no idea what it is used for.  Someone you love patiently explains it to you and teaches you to use it, but just a few short moments after, it’s forgotten until you do this same dance tomorrow.

One in three seniors dies with Alzheimer’s or another dementia. One in three!  Alzheimer’s disease kills more than breast cancer and prostate cancer combined.  Between 2000 and 2015, deaths from heart disease have decreased 11%, while deaths from Alzheimer’s disease have increased 123%!

So, chances are, at some point in your life, you will be touched by Alzheimer’s in one way or another. A family member, a friend, a coworker.  Every 65 seconds someone in the US develops Alzheimer’s disease.  It has become the 6th leading cause of death in the United States.

The Venue

Located in Melbourne, Florida, this new 123,000 square foot complex houses the collection of Mark Pieloch. Mark has been a car enthusiast for over 40 years and has amassed over 295 cars that range from classic 1950s to 1970’s American muscle cars, to modern “sophisticated” muscle like a 2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 Convertible

The 501(c)3 museum, located on 42 acres in Melbourne, includes 90,000 sqft of vehicle display area, an 18,000 sqft showroom, and an adjacent 15,000 sqft maintenance and restoration facility for the collection. The private museum is located at 3500 Sarno Road. It is not open to the public but is open to host numerous non-profit fundraisers, car activities, and educational tours for school-age children.

The collection itself, in addition to the cars, has vintage balloon tire bicycles, auto-related neon signs, antique gas pumps, jukeboxes, pedal cars, vintage soda coolers, motorcycles, and more.

The main features of the collection are:

– More than nearly 50 Indianapolis 500 Pace Cars & Trucks

– More than 35 Shelby’s

– 29 Yenkos, at least one car for every make and model ever built, which makes it the most extensive Yenko car collection in the world

– Over 80 First Place National show winners

Within the car collection, there are 75+ cars with less than 100 original miles, 40+ cars with between 100 to 999 original miles and 30+ cars with between 1,000 to 9,999 original miles. As you stroll through the Museum you will literally see the “Who’s Who” of American Muscle cars.