Daniel Wiewel of MaxSPL Music and his team of music teachers are teaming up to raise money for Alzheimer’s research. On January 28, Origin Taproom will be hosting Wiewel’s fundraiser for Alzheimer’s, which will feature live music, a silent auction, a 50/50 draw, and the usual Hunger Payne’s Food Truck which has become a local favorite.

Wiewel explained he was motivated to do this fundraiser when he and his family went through an unfortunate tragedy.

“My aunt passed away from Alzheimer's in December and I was unable to attend the funeral, so I got my brain working to figure out something I could do here in her honour. I reached out to Origin and they were ecstatic to work with me on it."

Daniel WiewelPhoto courtesy: Amanda Redmond

Through his fundraiser, Wiewel is hoping to make a sizeable contribution to the Alzheimer Society of Calgary, as he explained they were very supportive in helping victims of Alzheimer's and their families.

"It is really hard to watch that happen to someone, it's not just terrible for the person experiencing it, but everybody around them watches the deterioration and it's really difficult because it's such a slow process." 

The community has also been very supportive of Wiewel's cause, despite the fact the event hasn't even happened yet. Running this fundraiser takes a lot of donations and volunteers, as Wiewel said businesses have been donating for the silent auction, and he and musicians from MaxSPL music are volunteering their time to perform. On top of that, Origin is of course providing a venue, and Hunger Payne's will donate 10% of their food proceedings as well.

"They (Origin) have been amazing to work with and they put out the call to some of the other local businesses for silent auction items, and the feedback has been very, very quick and positive. Everybody who can be wants to be a part of it, so it's really nice to see that support."

You can buy tickets here for $10, or pay $15 at the door on January 28.