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  • Scopus Laureate Judy Gelfand in July 1984. She was honored with the prestigious American Friends of Hebrew University's Scopus Award, which acknowledges individuals who demonstrate leadership and involvement with humanitarian causes.
  • Cooking for a Cause team on The Longest Day® 2014. Left to right: Laurie Burrows Grad, Elizabeth Gelfand-Stearns and George-Ann Hyams.
  • Marshall Gelfand and Elizabeth Gelfand Stearns accepting the Shriver Award in 2014 from Senator Edward Markey (D-Mass).
  • Elizabeth Gelfand Stearns and Julianne Moore at a pre-Oscar® party.
  • The Judy Fund team participates in Walk to End Alzheimer's.®
  • The Judy Fund Salon Series New York City, 2013. Dr. Jill Kalman, Jody Kasten (hostess), Pam Kling Takiff (hostess), Elizabeth Gelfand Stearns, Susan Mendelson Stein (hostess), Jamie Martin Olken (hostess), and Dr. Maria Carrillo. (Missing from photo: Tracey Schweber, hostess)
  • Andrew Ahitow, Sigma Alpha Mu Supreme Prior, presents check to Dan Parisi, Senior Associate Director at the Alzheimer's Association. Money raised by SAM brothers in fiscal year 2014.
  • The Judy Fund Mind&Heart Salon Series bring together hundreds of women to discuss brain and heart health.

The Judy Fund has raised and invested over $8 million to support the research, care and advocacy efforts of the Alzheimer's Association.

Marshall M. Gelfand and his family established The Judy Fund at the Alzheimer's Association in 2003 in loving memory of his wife, Judy Gelfand. Since its inception, this family fund has raised and invested more than $8 million in partnership with the Alzheimer's Association with one clear mission: To help create Alzheimer's survivorship for future generations. Through the generosity of families, friends, business colleagues and corporations, The Judy Fund, now chaired by Elizabeth Gelfand Stearns, remains the fastest growing family fund at the Alzheimer's Association.


Read a personal message from Elizabeth Gelfand Stearns

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Thank you to The Judy Fund donors

Your Donor Dollars are Making a Difference

  • $8,000,000

    Dollars given by over 2,000+ The Judy Fund supporters nationwide to help fight Alzheimer's

  • 13 research projects

    Alzheimer's Association peer-reviewed research projects sponsored

  • 515 Ambassadors

    The Judy Fund donors fund the Ambassador Program with over 515 Alzheimer's Association Ambassadors working with legislators nationwide

How can you help

Please join the Gelfand family in their efforts to advance the mission and vision of the Alzheimer's Association. Your gift will help create a world without Alzheimer's disease.


The Judy Fund is Walking to End Alzheimer's!

The Judy Fund fielded an enthusiastic team for the Santa Monica Walk to End Alzheimer's® and with the support of employees and Associates from Partners Trust and Gelfand, Rennert & Feldman LLP — the team came in #1 with over $10,000 raised! The Judy Fund also had a team of over 40 family, friends and supporters of Dave Berry and his family at the Chicago Walk to End Alzheimer's. Together they raised over $7,000. Congratulations and well done!

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Women of Sigma Kappa Sorority, amongst the first donor group to help build WARI at the Alzheimer's Association, with Elizabeth Gelfand Stearns.


Support from The Judy Fund has sponsored 13 Alzheimer's Association peer-reviewed research projects to pursue answers to important scientific questions about the causes of Alzheimer's disease, strategies for prevention and detection, and the best approaches to treatment and care. The Judy Fund is also a member of the Zenith Society, the highest level of giving at the Alzheimer's Association.

Read a summary of the research sponsored by The Judy Fund and learn more about how some of these grants are impacting the Alzheimer research field.

A world without Alzheimer's — let's make it happen! Donate to The Judy Fund to help accelerate research.

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Alzheimer's advocates Maggie Ownbey, Elizabeth Gelffand Stearns and Sue Ownbey-Menaker.


As Alzheimer's disease threatens to bankrupt families, businesses and our healthcare system, scientists are coming closer to finding better treatments that could drastically alter the course of the disease.

Alzheimer's advocates speak up for the needs and rights of people with Alzheimer's and their families, and help persuade Congress to increase funding for research.

The Judy Fund recognizes advocacy as a critical area where funds and strategic efforts are needed to increase federal dollars for research and to advance important legislative policies for families living with Alzheimer's.

As a result, we invested in the Alzheimer's Association's Ambassador Program, helping support the creation of a network of 521 ambassadors (and growing!) who maintain a conversation with their legislators year-round. The Judy Fund supporters have fueled this program, which helped usher in the National Alzheimer's Project Act (NAPA), one of the key tools to frame federal funding of Alzheimer's in the United States.

With your help, we can grow the number of Alzheimer's ambassadors! Please give to The Judy Fund.

"Our father has shown us all what one family can do to help change the world. Our father's ultimate battle, his fight against Alzheimer's disease, is a very personal one — it's one that honors our mother and is a way to protect us, his children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and the future generations of our family. His fight is an example of leading from the heart."

—  Elizabeth Gelfand Stearns

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The Judy Fund Salon Series New York City, 2013. Dr. Jill Kalman, Jody Kasten (hostess), Pam Kling Takiff (hostess), Elizabeth Gelfand Stearns, Susan Mendelson Stein (hostess), Jamie Martin Olken (hostess), and Dr. Maria Carrillo. (Missing from photo: Tracey Schweber, hostess)

The Judy Fund Salon Series

Mind&Heart — Keeping Your Brain and Heart Healthy

During the past decade, we've learned that women are not only disproportionately affected by Alzheimer's, they are also the engine of the fight against it. As a result, we started The Judy Fund Salon Series Mind&Heart targeting women of the baby boom generation and raising awareness of how brain and heart health may be connected.

The Judy Fund Salon Series is a gathering of women with the intent to increase knowledge about the connection between brain health and heart health. Through stimulating conversation, our professional speakers share their expertise "to please and to educate".

Your gift to The Judy Fund will help us reach and educate more people about the brain-heart connection.

"We don't think there was anybody she didn't love. And that's how we remember Judy."

—  Joy Anderson and Helene Galen, friends of Judy

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Rina Eliashar with her children in 2008. Back: Dan Hurwitz. Front left to right: Tamar Hurwitz, Rina Eliashar, Sharón Eliashar and Doreen Gelfand.

Donor Spotlight: The Eliashar and Hurwitz Family

Judy Gelfand and our mother, Rina Eliashar, had a special friendship. They weren't just friends, they were in-laws. It started in 1974. Liz Gelfand was having a swim party, and Judy suggested inviting "that nice Hurwitz girl" because Judy had a nice son, Todd. Thirty minutes later, Doreen arrived at the Gelfand front door with swimsuit in hand. Judy and Rina exchanged promising glances, and 40 years later, Doreen and Todd Gelfand celebrated the arrival of their first grandchild.

We adore our mother. She has a big heart and deep compassion for those less fortunate. She has been generous and charitable her entire life — a trait she learned from her parents and continues to instill in her children and grandchildren.

In early May 2014, we received an email from her: "Kids, Mother's Day is coming and I'm seeing all the commercials on television. Do NOT send me flowers or gifts. Instead, please make a donation to charity. Give to The Judy Fund." And of course, that's what we did. In doing so, we were able to honor two mothers: Rina Eliashar and Judy Gelfand.

Donate to The Judy Fund now and help protect the future of those you love.

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After the wedding celebration, the Eliashars, Hurwitzes and Gelfands gathered for the annual family reunion. This year, the reunion was held in Rancho Mirage, CA, allowing the families to remember Judy with a group photo in front our childhood home in Palm Springs.

The Impact of The Judy Fund Grows From Generation to Generation

Nothing brings a family together like a wedding, and no mention of family would be complete for the Gelfands without the Hurwitz and Eliashar families. Tamar Hurwitz, who as many of you know is the daughter of my mother's dear friend Rina Eliashar (and sister to Doreen Hurwitz Gelfand, my amazing sister-in-law) married Drew Fleming on Oct. 15, 2016 in San Francisco. Tamar's family came in from Israel as well as both coasts of the U.S. for the wedding. In the couple's honor, the families donated $24,000 to The Judy Fund. What a lovely and lasting gesture. Thank you, Tamar and Drew, and congratulations on a beautiful start to your life together!

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Left:  Sammie's No Shave November fundraiser poster for The Judy Fund.

Top right:  Kappa chapter at University of Minnesota, in partnership with the University's Chabad House, hosted BIKE-4-JUDY to raise funds and awareness.

Bottom right:  Beta Psi chapter at the University of Virginia Sammies, Joshua Barkow and Jared Fogel, participate in "All You Can Eat'sters" event to raise funds and awareness for The Judy Fund/Alzheimer's Association.

Sigma Alpha Mu

Fraternity Raises $103,013 for The Judy Fund

The Judy Fund is excited to report that ΣAM fraternity fundraising for the 2014-15 academic year totaled $103,013, hitting six figures for the first time in the history of their partnership with The Judy Fund and the Alzheimer's Association. The Judy Fund leadership is very proud and looks forward to surpassing this total in 2015-16, in part with No Shave November, which accounted for nearly half of the fundraising total at $47,794.

This past November, for the first time, the men of Sigma Alpha Mu fraternity put away their razors in order to grow facial hair, awareness and funds to end Alzheimer's disease. The fraternity adopted No Shave November as its signature fundraising event for The Judy Fund at the Alzheimer's Association, its national charity of choice since 2005.

Fraternity chapters hosted other events in addition to No Shave November. For example, in April 2015 the Beta Psi chapter at the University of Virginia raised $5,300 in its second annual "All You Can Eat'sters," an event that includes a variety of tailgate games, live music, and "infinite" food. Beta Psi also participated in Walk to End Alzheimer's®. In total, these young men raised $7,770.

The Mu Psi chapter at Miami University of Ohio raised the most money of any chapter in No Shave November — an impressive $7,884. In total, they raised $12,584, the most this year of any chapter.

The Judy Fund is very grateful to the young men of Sigma Alpha Mu and also to its alumni leadership and staff, who got into the spirit of the partnership with their own No Shave November teams. Thanks to these men of high character we know that it is only a matter of when, not if we will find the cure to Alzheimer's disease.

Show your philanthropic spirit and support The Judy Fund today.

Sigma Alpha Mu

Thank you Sigma Alpha Mu for your support!
Sigma Alpha Mu has reached $550,000 in cumulative giving to the Alzheimer's Association through The Judy Fund. We are so proud of the Sammies and their work to help end Alzheimer's.
Read more about ΣΑΜ >

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Top: Elizabeth Gelfand Stearns, Maria Shriver , Still Alice author Lisa Genova, and producer James Brown.

Bottom: Julianne Moore and Sandy Oltz, 2013 Alzheimer's Association National Early-Stage Advisor.

Still Alice and My Brain

The Alzheimer's Association women's initiative, My Brain, inspired by Maria Shriver, calls on 1 million women to use their amazing brains to help wipe out Alzheimer's. The disease is one of the greatest threats to women's health, as women are more likely to develop Alzheimer's, and they also are more likely to care for someone with the disease.

Within My Brain is Maria Shriver's Wipe Out Alzheimer's Challenge. In partnership with A Woman's Nation, the Alzheimer's Association and a global community of empowered women, the challenge will enlist women to take "The Pledge", help raise funds to research women's brains and challenge other organizations to make women's brain research a priority. All funds raised in the Challenge support research on women and Alzheimer's through the newly-created Alzheimer's Association Women's Alzheimer's Research Initiative (WARI). The Judy Fund is also significantly supporting WARI as well.

The amazing women of the movie Still Alice are also featured in the My Brain campaign: Julianne Moore (Academy Award® for her performance), Maria Shriver (executive producer), Kristen Stewart , Sandy Oltz (early-stage Alzheimer's advisor), Lisa Genova (Still Alice author), Dr. Maria Carrillo (Alzheimer's Association Chief Science Officer) and Elizabeth Gelfand Stearns (co-producer and The Judy Fund Chair).

By giving a frank and open portrayal of just how devastating Alzheimer's is to a person's emotional and physical well-being; family and career; and all other facets of life, our hope is Still Alice will move more people to join the fight against Alzheimer's.

My Brain and Still Alice are inspiring women to join the movement and raising awareness across so many different platforms.

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has."

—  Margaret Mead

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