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Alzheimer’s research and caregivers celebrated at Paint the Night Purple

Alzheimer’s research and caregivers celebrated at Paint the Night Purple
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March 26, 2019
Media Contact: Andrew DeFratis, Communications & Public Policy Director,
Media Line: 234.284.2753
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March 26, 2019 - The Alzheimer’s Association will hold its Paint the Night Purple benefit dinner and auction in its new venue at The NEW Center at Northeast Ohio Medical University, Rootstown, on Saturday, April 13, 2019. Presented by Janie and Jeff Lehman, doors will open with a cocktail hour at 5:30 p.m. while guests review auction items, and dinner at 7:00 p.m. with a program celebrating the care of today & the cure of tomorrow.
Alzheimer’s disease is the sixth leading cause of death in the U.S., and the only one of the top ten leading causes of death with no method of prevention, treatment, or slowing it down. According to the Alzheimer’s Association 2019 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures, more than 220,000 Ohioans are living with Alzheimer’s, and another 600,000 Ohioans provide unpaid care as caregivers. (
“The Alzheimer’s Association offers free 24/7 care and support to all those affected, while also funding research that will, one day, lead to Alzheimer’s first survivor,” says Cheryl Kanetsky, LSW, MBA, executive director of the Alzheimer’s Association Greater East Ohio Area Chapter. “NEOMED and Kent State University are natural partners in the fight to end Alzheimer’s, and in raising funds and awareness, with Alzheimer’s research is going on right here in Northeast Ohio.”
Paint the Night Purple offers an elegant experience with fine dining, entertainment, and live and silent auctions to support the Alzheimer’s Association and the much needed programs and services offered locally. Planning for this year’s event has been led by event chairs Jeff and Janie Lehman, Morgan Iorio, and Jessica Creque.
A new opportunity building excitement in the lead up to this year’s dinner is a choose your own adventure raffle. Whether you are attending the dinner or not, you can support the Alzheimer’s Association by purchasing a raffle ticket ($25) at One winner will be selected at the dinner, though you do not need to be present to win, to select one of four adventure getaways: a five-night Cancun beachfront vacation, a three-night Las Vegas exotic supercar driving-experience, a three-night Tennessee behind-the-scenes whiskey tour experience, or a three-night Sonoma Valley winemaking experience. All options include airfare for two. Additional terms and conditions are explained on the chapter’s website.
Dinner tickets ($150) are available at, or by contacting Rob Holz, development director, at or 234.284.2751. Sponsorship opportunities are still available. Overnight accommodations are available through a reserved block of rooms at the Kent State University Hotel with shuttle service to and from the event: contact Rob Holz for more information. 
The Alzheimer’s Association 24/7 Helpline is available for families and caregivers at: 800-272-3900. Local services include more than 30 monthly caregiver support groups, community education programs, ongoing local support for caregivers with the Side by Side: Successfully Managing Dementia Care program, early-stage social engagement activities, and clinical study matching, and more.

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