Everyday someone makes a difference in the fight against Alzheimer’s! The Alzheimer’s Association® National Capital Area Chapter works hard throughout the community to engage individuals, companies, foundations, organizations and groups to partner with us -- giving of their time, talent and resources toward our vision of a world without Alzheimer’s.
Below are some stories of those who have helped us throughout 2010 with their good works. To submit a "Good Works" story, send it to Cindy.Schelhorn@alz.org (Return to the main Good Works web page here.)
YRIC's Charity Gift Contest YRCI, a veteran-owned professional services and recruiting firm located in the greater Washington, DC area, providing consulting and recruiting services to federal and commercial customers around the world, held the first Charitable Gift Contest within their company. YRCI encouraged their employees ("sponsors") to submit internal applications sharing about a charity they are passionate about and why they support them. There were a total of nine employees ("sponsors") who were selected as winners; one of which was Faith Barclay - in support of the Alzheimer's Association, National Capital Area Chapter! Thanks to Faith's, the Chapter will be receiving a $2,000 donation from YRCI. Learn more about how you can be a part of helping our community through events like these here.
Spa Day by Melody's Garden On December 2, Melody's Garden hosted Spa Day. Foot treatments & reflexology as well as European facials services were provided - a wonderful break to help keep relaxed during the busy holiday season. Thank you for joining us at Spa Day by Melody's Garden - 75% of proceeds were donated to the Alzheimer's Association! Melody A. Cherry is a licensed professional aesthetician and member of the Associated Skin Care Professional (ASCP) Melody.Cherry@alz.org. Learn more about how your business can be a part of helping our community through events like these here.
The Hollow Trunk in Partnership with Dining to Raise Awareness Worldwide (DRAW) 2010 The Alzheimer's Association was selected as the charity to support by DRAW 2010. Participating restaurants - Applebee's (Chantilly), Chili's (Fairfax) Flippin' Pizza (Chantilly), Chick-fil-A (Chantilly) - helped contribute to DRAW's effort to raise money for the Alzheimer's Association! Thank you to all who came out to support the cause! Learn more about how you can be a part of helping our community through events like these here.
BGiRos, FLL (First LEGO League Team #4514) November 13 and December 4 - 5, 2010 BGiRos is the Boys and Girls in Robotics club comprised of middle school students (sponsored by Mr. Gajanan Deshmukh: a mechanical engineer by training; a parent volunteer at his children's school; a volunteer in FLL; and mentor for many teams in Northern Virginia) participating in the 2010 First LEGO League: Body Forward Challenge (an international competition, consisting of 12,000 teams world-wide sponsored by First LEGO League). The BGiRos have learned about biomedical engineering in specific to curing neurological diseases. They have researched different medical specialties and learned in depth at the Coaches Workshop and team clinics at George Mason University this past October. The BGiRos chose two specific diseases that affect the brain: Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s. Alzheimer’s was selected because they had a personal connection. A team member had a close relative who was suffering from AD. They also connected with a neighbor who is a caregiver for a parent, and are concerned how this caregiver may be affected by Alzheimer's in the future. The BGiRos have spent the past 10 weeks in preparation and research. On November 13 they made their presentation, one that advanced them to the State Finals taking place December 4 - 5! (Congratulations, BGiRos!) Thank you to BGiRos, their sponsors and parents for being a part of bringing us closer to a cure! Learn more here about BGiRos and support these middle schoolers' efforts.
Memory Bake Sale On November 13, Sunrise Senior Living of Fairfax hosted a bake sale between 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. at 9207 Arlington Boulevard, Fairfax, VA 22031. People came out to enjoy some great treats! All proceeds benefitted the Alzheimer's Association. Thank you for coming out to support the cause! Learn more about how your business can be a part of helping our community through events like these here.
Washington Redskins Health & Wellness: Time Out for Military Veteran's Health On November 13, members of the military, veterans and their families were being recognized on Veterans Day by the Washington Redskins, GlaxoSmithKline and other Health & Wellness partner organizations. These businesses hosted a unique health event in the Redskins team locker room at FedExField to encourage men and women military veterans to be proactive about their health! Thank you to our Veterans and all those who support the Alzheimer's Association's mission.
The Reston Challenge On October 30, The Reston Challenge hosted its once-a-year scavenger hunt and trivia test in and around Reston Town Center in Reston, VA. People registered as teams and competed to complete a set course by answering questions, finding clues and completeing challenges. Prizes were awareded for various categories! The most important part of the Reston Challenge was to have fun and raise money for a good cause. This year the Alzheimer's Association was selected to be the charity partner! Thank you to The Reston Challenge and participants for making this event wonderful! Learn more about how your business can be a part of helping our community through events like these here.
Safeway Foundation Awards Grants to Local Charities On October 28, the Safeway Foundation awarded several grants to local organizations totalling $90,000 - funded through the generous contributions of Safeway employees throughout its Eastern Division, which operates 140 stores in Northern Virginia, Maryland, Delaware and Washington, DC. “The employees of Safeway are proud to be able to support local organizations like this that touch the lives of our customers,” said Gregory Ten Eyck, chairman of Safeway Foundation for the Eastern Division. The Foundation distributes more than $200,000 annually with special emphasis on organizations in the areas of hunger relief, education, health and human services and special needs. Among the groups receiving funding was the Alzheimer's Association, which was awarded $5,000. Thank you for enabling us to better serve the community!
National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association (NARFE) Supports the Alzheimer's Association About NARFE Since 1985, NARFE members have played a major role in seeking a cure for Alzheimer’s disease. Through its partnership with the Alzheimer’s Association, NARFE supports research into the cause, prevention and treatment of Alzheimer’s disease as well as a cure for Alzheimer’s and related disorders. Public education on the need for research–our only tool for conquering the disease–also is an important focus. NARFE Alzheimer’s Fund In collaboration with the Alzheimer’s Association, NARFE members have donated more than $8.5 million to the NARFE Alzheimer’s Fund. One hundred percent of NARFE donations to the Fund are allocated to research. NARFE is a member of the Alzheimer’s Association’s Zenith Society, a group of about 50 donors representing the highest level of giving. NARFE is one of only four organizations belonging to the Zenith Society and, of the four organizations, NARFE is the “number one” contributor. Many NARFE members not only contribute their dollars to the NARFE Alzheimer’s Fund but also plan and participate in fundraisers, and volunteer at local day-care centers and other respite-care facilities. Learn more about NARFE here. Our partners make a difference for the cause. Thank you for your partnership, NARFE.
Macy's Shop for a Cause On October 16, as part of their philanthropic efforts, Macy’s held an annual Shop for a Cause Eventto benefit local charities. The Alzheimer's Association National Capital Area Chapter was selected as one of their charities of choice. Macy's offered 25% coupons for $5 each. Chapter staff and volunteers were on-site to assist in this event. Participating stores included: Fair Oaks (Sears & JCPenney): 11700 Fair Oaks Mall, Fairfax, VA Pentagon City: 1000 S. Hayes Street, Arlington, VA Tyson’s Corner Mall: 8000 Tyson’s Corner Center, McLean, VA St. Charles Town Center: 11200 Mall Circle, Waldorf, MD Proceeds from the coupons sold were donated to the Alzheimer's Association, National Capital Area Chapter. Thank you for supporting the Alzheimer's Association! Learn more about how your business can be a part of helping our community through events like these here.
Charity Classic 2010 On October 15, The Tower Club hosted "cocktails for a cause." Guests enjoyed a lavish display of hors d'oeuvres, while sipping on premium cocktails. The evening included a silent auction featuring exclusive, one-of-a-kind items. All proceeds supported the Alzheimer's Association National Capital Area Chapter and two other organizations. Thank you for joining The Tower Club in supporting the Alzheimer's Association! Learn more about getting involved in events like these here.
Annual Bake Sale Fundraiser On October 15, the Alzheimer's Association National Capital Area Chapter hosted the annual bake sale at Chapter Headquarters. All proceeds went to the Alzheimer's Association in providing vital support and services for people affected by Alzheimer's Disease. Thank you for coming out and joining us at 3701 Pender Drive, Fairfax, VA 22030!
Greg Barnhart and Jillian Goode, Drinks for a Cause On October 8, Greg Barnhart and Jillian Goode helped raise funds for joint causes: Alzheimer's Association & Leukemia and Lymphoma Society at BlackFinn American Saloon in Bethesda, MD - $10 donaton at the door for food and drink specials. Ticket raffles were also offered. Thanks for joining Greg and Jillian in supporting the Alzheimer's Association! Learn more about getting involved in events like these here.
Breanna Olson, Gathering to Raise Funds On September 30, Breanna Olson brought friends together to help raise funds for the Alzheimer's Association at the Lounge 201, Washington, DC. Thank you for joining Breanna and supporting the Alzheimer's Association! Learn more about getting involved in events like these here.
Borders® Waldenbooks® Benefit Days - our way of giving back Between September 17 - 19, Borders® provided Benefit Days - our way of giving back. Every person who presented the Benefit Days voucher at any of the local participating stores (listed below), a percentage of their purchase was donated to the Alzheimer's Association. The voucher may have been used with a Borders reward card, discount coupon and online. (Exclusions: the corporate or classroom discounts as they are bulk orders.) District of Columbia: K-Street, Chevy Chase Maryland: Bethesda, Bowie, Germantown, Landover, Silver Spring, Rockville, Waldorf Virginia: Arlington, Baileys Crossroads, Dulles, Fairfax, Manassas, Springfield, Stafford, Sterling, Tysons Corner, Warrenton, Winchester, Woodbridge Thank you to Borders® for helping us to better serve our community! Learn more about how your business can be a part of helping our community through events like these here.
The Mowery Family and King Street Blues On September 15th, King Street Blues partnered with the Mowery family by donating 20% of each dinner check to Team Ponderosa and the Memory Walk®. Thank you to everyone who joined us at the Alexandria, VA location for some great food for a great cause! Learn more about Memory Walk® here. Learn more about getting involved in events like these here.
Ed Russell and Team CLR, Pour House and the Washington DC Gator Club On September 11th, the Washington DC Gator Club hosted an event at Pour House in Washington, DC to support Ed Russell and Team CLR in their Memory Walk® efforts to raise awareness and funds in the fight against Alzheimer’s. There was also a raffle with gift cards to local restaurants and ALZ merchandise. Thank you to everyone for supporting the Alzheimer's Association and Memory Walk®! Learn more about Memory Walk® here. Learn more about getting involved in events like these here.
Tropical Smoothie Café On August 30th, Tropical Smoothie Café donated 25% of sales to the Chapter. Thank you to Tropical Smoothie Café and everyone who came out to enjoy good food and support our cause! Learn more about getting involved in events like these here.
ExxonMobile Community Summer Jobs Program (CSJP) The Alzheimer’s Association National Capital Area Chapter is honored to have been selected to participate in the 2010 ExxonMobil Community Summer Jobs Program (CSJP). This affords the opportunity for the Chapter to guide and mentor a college intern, who will provide the Chapter with much-needed support. The Chapter was one of 60 organizations to receive a grant to fund a summer intern. During the student’s eight-week internship, he or she will assist with the 2010 Northern Virginia Memory Walk and Candlelight Rally and have the chance to conduct informational interviews with staff in various departments of the Chapter and in other nonprofit organizations in the area. Thank you for the opportunity to better serve our community!
2009 and 2010 - Contribute while Dining at California Pizza Kitchen Philanthropizza event at area California Pizza Kitchen (CPK) restaurants was such a success that on June 7 - 8, 2010 five locations in the Washington, D.C. metro area participated again! Last year, over $1,700 was raised. Thanks to CPK and the people of our community! Learn more about getting involved in events like these here.
Goals for Good - Gents Against Alzheimer's Thank you and congratulations to David Meslar and his team for hosting a wonderful lacrosse game April 24, 2010 at Georgetown University's Multi-Sport field! Their third-party event secured a presenting sponsor from Glaceau Vitamin Water. Meslar and his team raised $5,000 in ticket and T-Shirt sales and donations. All of this was possible because a group of 40 young professional men combined their love for lacrosse and their compassion for the cause. Learn more about getting involved in events like these here.
Support Group Leaders Serving the Alzheimer's Association, National Capital Area Chapter Thank you to our support group facilitators for their years of dedicated volunteer service. If you are interested in becoming a support group leader, contact Norine Swaminatha at 703.359.4440 or Norine.Swaminatha@alz.org.
Recognition of Support Group Leaders Retired 2009-2010: Maryland: Dave DeClark, Barbara Mansfield, Marsha Raymond, Rose Mary Russ, Dr. Robert Wells, Adele Warnke and Jean Windrow; Virginia: Loretta Dunn, Joanne Stone and Patricia Vida; Washington, DC: Faith Lyles, Judith Travers, Dr. Janie Wooden (20 years of leading a group at Providence Hospital in Washington, D.C.)
Current Support Group Leaders:
20 Years +: Sr. Kathy Weber (22 years of leading multiple, weekly support groups at the Holy Cross Resource Center in Maryland) and Margaret Mitchell (20 years of leading a group at the D.C. Downtown Clusters Geriatric Day Care in Washington, D.C.)
15 Years: Maryland: Terry Daluz, Erma Holmes and Lynn Meltzer; Virginia: Susan Ballenger and Mary Kren; Washington, D.C.: Peggy Jackson and Holly Segal
10 Years: Maryland: Rosemary Allender; Virginia: Connie Clem, Nancy Dezan, Georgia Miller, Anne Parker, Emily Ruebsamen, Paul Schratwieser, Sue Stone and Joan Sutton; Washington, D.C.: Ruth Chertkov and Valencia Singleton
5 Years: Maryland: Jeanette Chamberlain, Dr. Ted Grant , Cory Kallen, Harley Lattner and Denise Washington; Virginia: Joann Chew, Carol Deal, Sarah Harris, Dee Stuebing, Eileen Thompson and Patricia Williams; Washington, D.C.: Debra Ackerman and Benetta Pitts