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Joanna Parry, from the WA Charity Orchestra, Community Vision marketing and communications manager Kaleigh Kingstone and Mat Barrett, of Oak and Barrell Events are coming together for An Evening to Remember. Credit: David Baylis/Community News

COMMUNITY Vision will host An Evening to Remember next week to celebrate and welcome the community back following COVID-19 closures.

The three-course dinner at Community Vision’s Woodvale Social Centre will feature a winter menu alongside nostalgic classical performances from the WA Charity Orchestra, with ticket sales going towards dementia therapies such as virtual reality, the Community Bus and sensory rooms.

As a not-for-profit organisation, marketing and communications manager Kaleigh Kingstone reached out to the local community via Facebook to see if anyone could help with donations, and she said the messages started flowing in.

Greenwood resident Jess Chiswell was looking for something special she could do with her wedding decorations, so instead of selling them, she donated everything to Community Vision.

“All these things hold wonderful memories for me and now I hope the people attending the dinner can also create wonderful memories,” she said.

Another local from Greenwood, Chris Rowe, donated a heap of tins to use as decorations and even offered to help spray paint them.

Community Vision chief operating officer Yvonne Timson said the community input “really surmises why we want to celebrate opening back up”.

“It’s the joy the community shares together that makes the social centre so special,” she said.

“We are so grateful for all the donations and people who have offered to collect items for us.”

Ms Timson said the idea was to provide an enjoyable evening in a “secure and calm environment” for families of similar circumstances.

“Dementia clients, their families, and anyone in the community looking to connect with others are all encouraged to attend,” she said.

“Getting dolled up for a special evening dinner may be a rare treat for these people so we want them to take advantage and enjoy a special evening to remember.”

Source: Community Vision dinner to give nostalgic feel to dementia clients | Community News