‘Dance Party to End ALZ’ Fundraiser Set for Nov. 13th in Nashville

Fifth annual gala to support research features array of country music starts

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The fifth annual “Dance Party to End ALZ” is on tap for Sunday, Nov. 13, in Nashville, Tennessee, to support the Alzheimer’s Association’s research grant program.

The star-studded night of music, dancing, and fundraising, which takes place at the Wildhorse Saloon starting at 6 p.m. CST, will be hosted by three siblings: the actress and writer Kimberly Williams-Paisley, the actress and director Ashley Williams, and Jay Williams, a noted beekeeper.

Kelleigh Bannen, a singer and host of Apple Music’s “Today’s Country,” will emcee the program as well as perform.

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Various country music artists will perform their favorite hits from the 1990s to heighten awareness of Alzheimer’s disease and to raise funds to fight it and other dementias. In addition to Bannen and special guests, the lineup this year will include Brad Paisley, Dierks Bentley with Hot Country Knights, Tracy Lawrence, Ashley Campbell, Melinda Doolittle, Lindsay Ell, Charles Esten, and Chrissy Metz.

General admission tickets range from $50 to $200. VIP table packages are available for $2,500 up to $50,000. Ticket information and a glimpse at previous dance parties is available.

“For the past five years, ‘Dance Party to End ALZ’ has been bringing people together to dress up, dance, and experience great live music as some of the biggest names in country music sing cover songs from the ’80s and ’90s,” Williams-Paisley said in a press release.

“Most importantly, though, my siblings Ashley, Jay, and I throw this event to help drive awareness and funds for a cause that affects millions of American families, including our own. To date, we’ve raised more than $1.3 million for the Alzheimer’s Association, helping fund research that is going to one day help lead us to a cure for this devastating disease.”

Event proceeds will help drive research supported by the Alzheimer’s Association, which works to end this disease and other dementias. A progressive neurodegenerative disorder, Alzheimer’s is the most common cause of dementia.

“It’ll be a one-of-a-kind event that fans, and generous supporters of the cause, will not be able to experience anywhere else,” Williams-Paisley said on an event webpage.

The association’s international research grant program, which made its first awards in 1982, currently has invested over $310 million in more than 950 projects across 48 countries.