XCEL Gala

Gloria R. Hutto, Founder and President of the Rickenbacker Xcel Gala and Luvina R. Robinson, Treasure and grandson William Green, Program Coordinator.

The Rickenbacker family will once again hold its yearly gala to benefit Alzheimer’s research.

Gloria R. Hutto and Luvina R Robinson, children of the late Saul Rickenbacker Sr. and Rebecca H. Rickenbacker, and the grandson, William Green, will hold their 23rd annual Black Tie Gala from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. on Saturday, November 30, at The Premier, located at 1235 Five Chop Road in Orangeburg, SC.

Entertainment for the evening will be Silver Back and Price William Dejou Piere. The speaker for the evening will be Tina McCollum.

Gloria Hutto, Founder, sister, Luvina R. Robinson, and William Green will still host the 23rd Annual Alzheimer Gala Benefit due to 4 of the siblings pulling out of the event and to not wanting to be a part of the original legacy. Gloria is still fighting to find a cure and will not stop until its legacy is fulfilled. They have found memories of a loving father, Saul Rickenbacker Sr. who raised them to work for what they got, and to be independent and respectful.

Gloria started this fundraiser December 1996. The children eventually watched their father sink into the abyss that is Alzheimer’s, but decided to take a stand against the disease that robbed the family patriarch of his good health. For more than two decades, they have sponsored the annual holiday gala and dinner dance to raise money for Alzheimer’s research. The gala has raised thousands of dollars.

Gloria is asking for the community to keep supporting her for this worthy cause. When she started this event, she vowed to never to give up on finding a cure for Alzheimer research.

The Rickenbacker family has received the Order of the Palmetto, the state’s highest civilian award, for their efforts.

All proceeds will be donated to Alzheimer’s research. Tickets are $35 per person and can be purchased now through Nov. 23.

For more information or tickets, call Gloria at 803.531-3297; Luvina at 803-536-0972; or William at 803-347- 5754 between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m.

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