Brookdale will screen His Neighbor Phil

Brookdale Wilton is an award-winning supporter of the Alzheimer’s Association’s annual Walk to End Alzheimer’s, and this year the assisted living facility will be doubling its beneficial efforts with an additional fund-raising event.

In years past, Brookdale Wilton’s sole fund-raiser to benefit the annual walk had been its fall silent auction, to which local businesses and artists donated such items as gift cards, jewelry, quilts, and paintings.

For the 2016 Walk to End Alzheimer’s in Fairfield County, scheduled for Sept. 18 at Calf Pasture Beach in Norwalk, Brookdale Wilton will donate all of the proceeds not only from its silent auction but also from raffle entries that may be purchased during two pre-release screenings of the film His Neighbor Phil by Scott Thompson. The film will be shown at Brookdale Wilton on March 9 at 6 p.m. and March 12 at 2 p.m.

The raffle is for the chance to win a movie basket valued at $180 containing a $50 gift card to Bow Tie Wilton Cinemas 4, several DVDs and theater snacks. Tickets — $2 for one, three for $5 — may be purchased now by contacting Brookdale Wilton.

Admission to the screenings, which were made possible by Synergy HomeCare, is free, and free popcorn, candy and soda will be available. Synergy HomeCare is a national non-medical home care provider franchise that deals mostly with elderly clients.

His Neighbor Phil is the story of Harvey, a man whose wife has early-onset Alzheimer’s disease. According to a press release, “While the film deals honestly with the realities of the disease, it focuses most of its attention on the tireless work of the caregivers.”

“A major portion of the work that we do is with people that are suffering from Alzheimer’s or other memory-care issues,” said Jay Kiley, owner of Synergy HomeCare’s Fairfield location.

Kiley said he got a call nine months ago from one of his colleagues in Minnesota, where His Neighbor Phil was shot, about a film in the works that would deal with Alzheimer’s disease. Kiley and several of his colleagues decided to produce the film, because its subject matter seemed so closely aligned with his company’s mission.

“We bought into the movie as producers,” Kiley said, “and because of that, we have early access to the film. Brookdale has been kind enough to show it to the public as a community service, to help get word out about how Alzheimer’s can affect families.”

“For years, Brookdale Wilton has done a wonderful job in the community,” Kiley continued, “both raising money for Alzheimer’s and assisting those local families that are suffering through this miserable disease. What they are doing to bring forth awareness of the disease and help families that are struggling with it is tremendous.”

Those planning to attend either of the two screenings of His Neighbor Phil at Brookdale Wilton are asked to RSVP by calling 203-761-8999. Raffle entries for the movie basket may be purchased ahead of the screenings by calling the same line.

If a greater number of people than can be accommodated by two screenings register, Brookdale Wilton will open up a third date, to be determined.

Representatives of the Alzheimer’s Association will be in attendance at the screenings to answer questions after the film is shown.

Brookdale Wilton accepts an award for ongoing support of the Alzheimer’s Association at the celebration event for last year’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s. From left are Christy Perone of Brookdale Wilton, Howard Bloom of the Alzheimer’s Association, Lexi Rodriguez Kennedy of the Alzheimer’s Association, Bonnie Leavy-Mello of Laurel Ridge Health Care Center, and Leslie Hinshaw of the Alzheimer’s Association. At the event, Brookdale Wilton was also honored with the fourth-place award for company fund raising for the 2015 walk.