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A Celebration of Courage & Hope
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September 23, 2014 - US Grant Hotel - 5:30pm

We can still feel the buzz of excitement as envelopes were raised in the air. Thanks to the generosity of so many in the room and to the unwavering support of Darlene Shiley and the Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation for their matching gifts, we can proudly say that more than $200,000 was raised to support families like Alford’s and advance critical research for a cure.

The room swelled with emotion and a feeling of hope as we recognized world-renowned researcher Dr. Bill Mobley of UCSD, San Diego County Sheriff Bill Gore, Neurologist Dr. Michael Lobatz of Scripps Health and the Neurology Center and last but certainly not least, Alford Claiborne, for his steadfast dedication to caring for his wife for the last 12 years.

Special thanks to our generous sponsors Darlene Shiley, Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation, One Reverse Mortgage, SDG&E Sempra, Scripps Health, Cordiano Winery and our wonderful table sponsors.  We are so grateful to everyone who came and was part of this event. We hope you will join us again next year!

Honorary Chairs

Mayor of the City of San Diego Kevin Faulconer
San Diego County Board of Supervisors Chairwoman Dianne Jacob

Event Chairs

Adam Day, Assistant Tribal Manager, Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation
Gregg Smith, President & COO, One Reverse Mortgage
April Langwell, Director, External Affairs, Commander Navy Region Southwest

Courage & Hope Award Recipients

  • Medical Professional: Dr. Michael Lobatz - Medical Director, Rehabilitation Center Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas

  • Researcher: Dr. William Mobley - UCSD Professor and Chair, Department of Neurosciences

  • Awareness: William D. Gore - San Diego County Sheriff 

  • Family Caregiver:  Alford Claiborne

Masters of Ceremony

Carlo Cecchetto, CBS News 8 Anchor
Marty Levin, Local News Icon

Special thanks to Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation for their generous support as a Platinum Sponsor.

2014 Courage & Hope Caregiver Award Winner

Alford Claiborne
Alford's wife Rita was diagnosed at the age of 55 with Alzheimer's. For the last 12 years Alford had dedicated his life to providing Rita with the care she needs. In addition to being his wife's caregiver, husband, and best friend, Alford finds the time to advocate for others by volunteering to speak at presentations on behalf of caregivers and those living with dementia.


2013 Courage & Hope Caregiver Award Winner

Ken Darling
Ken’s mother, Dorothy, had Alzheimer’s.  In order to give Dorothy the care she needed, Ken quit his job to be her at-home caregiver. Ken lovingly cared for her mother through a complete role reversal of child and parent until her passing in March of 2012. Ken has since dedicated himself to supporting other caregivers and raising crucial awareness and funds to one day find a cure for the disease that robbed him of his mother.

Sponsorship Opportunities

If you are interested in becoming a corporate sponsor for the 2014 event or would like more information please contact Jamie Hagan at 858.966.3290 or



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