The Judy Fund honors the women we love.
Gertrude Jaffe and Judy Jaffe Gelfand. Mother's Day is a time to reflect on the women who've shaped our lives. Judy touched the lives of not only her children and family, but of others.
Dear Family and Friends,

Happy Mother's Day from The Judy Fund!

Whether your mother is present in your life or only in your heart, as Judy Gelfand is for our family, we hope that this weekend will be filled with sweet memories of a mother's love – and the opportunity to create new joy in the company of those you cherish.
Joan Mendelson and her daughter, Susan Mendelson Stein, outside Lincoln Center in New York City.
Donor Family Spotlight: The Mendelson Family
Syracuse, Sammys, summer and stories are the threads that have knit the friendship between the Mendelson and Gelfand families, including the mothers and daughters, Joan Mendelson and Judy Gelfand, and Susan Mendelson Stein and Elizabeth Gelfand Stearns.

Elizabeth Gelfand Stearns explains, “The Mendelsons have been pioneer supporters of The Judy Fund from the beginning. They have been so generous and so attentive to the fund and really celebrated the memory and honor of Judy by being a part of all the great work that we do.”

For several years, Susan Mendelson Stein joined Elizabeth in Washington, D.C. for what is now the AIM Alzheimer's Association Advocacy Forum. Susan also co-hosted The Judy Fund's Mind&Heart Salon Series in New York City, where Joan and Susan both now live. “Mind&Heart took away the cloud of fear and scariness of what we all may be facing and replaced it with education,” Susan explains. And the tradition of support between the families continues. Susan's son, Benjamin, was a fourth generation Sammy at University of Miami. He helped spearhead No Shave November to support The Judy Fund.

Marshall M. Gelfand recalls, “I met Herb Mendelson at Sigma Alpha Mu in Syracuse in the 1940s. On his arm was his wife-to-be, Joan. Joan and Herb became best friends for Judy and me for decades. It is so meaningful to think that our children are now so close, especially Susan and Elizabeth. I know Judy and Herb are smiling.” Joan and Judy's incredibly rich friendship was filled with joy and laughter. The two mothers exchanged many letters and stories. Joan even bound physical volumes of the stories she and Judy shared over the years. Susan says, “I remember when Judy first exhibited signs of Alzheimer's and I remember how my heart broke in a thousand pieces. She was the most competent, capable person. If there were 100 hours in the day, there were 107 for Judy. She did everything with her iconic smile, great joy and great love, humor, and sweetness.”
The Judy Fund is proud to partner with Asa Gladstein of SQUAD for this wonderful event.
Gear up for the East Coast Run to benefit The Judy Fund
The Judy Fund is excited to share that funds raised by SQUAD for the East Coast Run (ECR), a high-end car rally to be held June 8-10th, 2018, will go to The Judy Fund benefiting the Alzheimer's Association. The event starts in Boston on June 8th, navigates through New York on June 9th, and ends in Washington, D.C. on June 10th! We are so proud of the host of ECR, Asa Gladstein (SQUAD). Asa is a Sigma Alphu Mu alumnus whose grandfather was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. If you're on the East Coast, please join us for one or all of these exciting gatherings!
Looking good at the SAM 2018 Miss Fleur de Lis Pageant!
Ticket sales + small fundraisers help FIU SAM pageant soar
ΣΑΜ Sigma Alpha Mu, Delta Zeta at Florida International University raised $8,000 for The Judy Fund during their 2018 Miss Fleur de Lis Pageant! During the week leading up to the event, brothers and contestants worked together to host small campus fundraisers to help raise funds and awareness for the fight against Alzheimer's. The pageant was also a ticketed event, which contributed to the overall total. Thank you, Delta Zeta Chapter!
Sammys support The Judy Fund during March Madness.
Sigma Alpha Mu March Madness Bracket Challenge raises spirits and funds
ΣΑΜ's March Madness national fundraising competition was good fun for a good cause. Participating Sammys raised $684 to date for The Judy Fund! Challenge winners were crowned based on their team's top bracket score on ESPN and dollars raised on Mobile Cause ($1 = 1 pt.)The Judy Fund thanks the top fundraising chapter, Kappa at the University of Minnesota, which raised $330 and earned bragging rights to the Championship Trophy! And congratulations to the top individual fundraiser, Matthew Jalazo, Beta Iota, University of Wisconsin, Madison, who brought in $100. Matthew will receive a Live Nation Gift Card!
On Mother's Day and every day, the Gelfand family and all families affected by Alzheimer's disease are grateful for your support of the Judy Fund.

Sending love!

Elizabeth Gelfand Stearns Elizabeth Gelfand Stearns
Chair, The Judy Fund
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