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Walk to End Alzheimer’s – Watertown, NY Unites Region in Fight for the Cure

Saturday’s Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s® — Watertown, NY raised nearly $20,000 to support care and research programs in Central New York.

More than 120 individuals completed the three-mile walk. They also learned about Alzheimer’s disease and how to get involved with this critical cause. Funds raised at the event provide care and support programs, as well as medical and scientific research to find a cure for Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia.

Watertown resident Gillian Maitland raised $1,200 and was the top individual fundraiser. Maitland’s team, Maring’s Misfits, was the top fundraising team at the event. The friends and family team raised $5,445.

Kinney Drugs Foundation and Watertown Savings Bank were the local presenting sponsors of Saturday’s event. Edward Jones is the national presenting sponsor of Walk to End Alzheimer’s®.

 

 

 

Walkers Raise $68,000+ in Utica

Pictured above is the team from the SUNY Polytechnic Institute Student Veterans Club.

The 2016 Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s — Utica, NY presented by roi Office Interiors is less than $4,000 away from hitting its goal. The event on April 24 raised $68,540 (and counting!).

Stay tuned to our Walk website for the latest standings. Here are the leaders in each award category as of 10 a.m. on April 26. And remember…you can turn in donations through June 30 and have them count towards the 2016 standings!!

2016 Walk to End Alzheimer’s — Utica, NY
Presented by roi Office Interiors
Fundraising Standings as of 10 a.m. on April 26

Top Individual Fundraisers

  1. Melissa Ryan, $3,886
  2. DeAndra Macri, $2,561
  3. Jessie Willis, $2,561
  4. Nancy Purcell, $2,550
  5. Susan Peck, $2,005

Top Corporate Teams

  1. Booz Allen Hamilton, $4336
  2. D’Arcangelo & Co. LLP, $840
  3. Student veterans Club, SUNY POLY, $771
  4. Mary Lourdes Academy of Dance, $585
  5. Bank of America, $350

Top Family & Friends Teams

  1. Team DH Mumpton, $7,735
  2. For the Love of Lou Lou, $5,683
  3. Team Berta, $4,955
  4. Nina, $4,693
  5. Team Delcie & Lillian, $4,152

Top Senior Care Teams

  1. Alpines Angels, $4,773
  2. Presbyterian Home, $3,843
  3. Brookdale Clinton Memory Care, $568
  4. Ava Dorfman, $400
  5. HomeLife at Folts, $175

Alzheimer’s Association, Central New York Chapter Receives $7 Million Grant from Department of Health

The Alzheimer’s Association, Central New York Chapter has received a grant from the New York State Department of Health that will provide up to $7 million over five years for innovative outreach services to caregivers, families, and individuals impacted by Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia.

“Gov. Cuomo’s historic investment in Alzheimer’s caregivers has already paid dividends statewide,” said Catherine James, chief executive officer. “This program provides us with an unprecedented level of support to help us reach the thousands of people in Central New York living with dementia in need of services.”

The grant will fund AlzREACH, or Alzheimer’s Respite, Engagement, Awareness, Consultation, and Hope, a program that will expand and enhance current programs and services provided by the Chapter. Its primary intent is to reach a greater number of caregivers impacted by the disease by increasing access to supportive services. “We believe AlzREACH will improve the wellbeing of caregivers and individuals touched by dementia by expanding and enhancing support services and increasing our community collaborations so that we can reach more people affected by Alzheimer’s disease or other form of dementia,” James said.

The Chapter enhanced existing partnerships with local providers to achieve the goals of the grant, including the Alzheimer’s Center of Excellence at Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, Binghamton University’s Decker School of Nursing, Samaritan Keep Nursing Home in Watertown, Syracuse Jewish Family Service, the Syracuse University Genesis Health Project Network, United Helpers in St. Lawrence County, and each local area agency on aging in the program’s 15-county region. The Chapter will work with this network to expand one-on-one care consultation services, implementing family consultations, expanding education and training programs, enhancing and expanding support groups, increasing respite funding within each county and enhancing access to safety services.

AlzREACH is funded by the Alzheimer’s Disease Caregiver’s Support Initiative, which will provide up to $1.5 million annually until 2020 to select programs chosen through a competitive grant process. The Initiative was part of a $50 million commitment to Alzheimer’s care made in the 2015-16 New York State Budget. Alzheimer’s Association chapters in New York State worked closely with Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office, as well as the New York State Senate and Assembly to expand funding for Alzheimer’s diagnostic, care and support services statewide. The appropriation was the largest one-year expenditure on Alzheimer’s disease support services by any state government ever.

“It’s important to recognize that this grant is part of a historic investment made by Governor Cuomo and the state legislature,” James said. “Their leadership in supporting individuals impacted by Alzheimer’s was a game-changer and we are seeing evidence nationally of other states trying to catch up.”

Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia, a general term associated with a decline in memory or other thinking skills severe enough to reduce a person’s ability to perform everyday activities. Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive, fatal disease. It is the sixth-leading cause of death in America and the only one among the top ten causes of death with no effective treatment, prevention or cure. Alzheimer’s disease affects more than 5 million Americans, including 380,000 in New York State. In addition, nearly 1.1 million New Yorkers provide unpaid care to a person with Alzheimer’s disease.

Walk to End Alzheimer’s — Binghamton, NY Raises More than $55,000

Pictured above is Team Bridgewater, which raised $7,487 and is the leading senior care team.

The results are in from the 2016 Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s — Binghamton, NY presented by United Methodist Homes Our event on April 23 raised $55,769 (and counting!).

Stay tuned to our Walk website for the latest standings. Here are the leaders in each award category as of 7:30 a.m. on April 26. And remember…you can turn in donations through June 30 and have them count towards the 2016 standings!!

2016 Walk to End Alzheimer’s — Binghamton, NY
Presented by United Methodist Homes
Fundraising Standings as of 7:30 a.m. on April 26

Top Individual Fundraiser

  1. Jim Browning, $3,000
  2. Donald Prutisto, $1,200
  3. Laurie Mikels, $1,124
  4. Christina Hasemann, $1,095
  5. Kelly Slocum, $1,065

Top Corporate Team

  1. Levene Gouldin & Thompson, $2,487
  2. Morgan Stanley, $725
  3. Delta Sigma Theta #ApalachinWalks, $700
  4. We’re Alz In, $655
  5. Broome Monument Co., $595

Top Friends and Family Team

  1. Donna’s Hope, $3,220
  2. The Leisenring Legacy, $1,913
  3. Regina’s Angels, $1,200
  4. Guardian Angels, $850
  5. Grandma Fallon, $679

Top Senior Care Team

  1. Team Bridgewater, $7,847
  2. United Methodist Homes, $6,876
  3. The Hopkins House, $2,015
  4. Absolut Memories $1,346
  5. Ideal, $1,152

Central New York Chapter Records Its First-Ever $200,000 Event at the 2015 Walk to End Alzheimer’s® — Syracuse

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Saturday’s Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s® at Long Branch Park in Liverpool raised $208,169 to support Alzheimer’s programs and research. Not only did the event break Chapter records for fundraising and participation, but it was the first-time a Central New York Walk to End Alzheimer’s® eclipsed the $200,000 mark.

“I cannot explain in words how incredible this Walk was,” said Catherine James, chief executive officer for the Alzheimer’s Association, Central New York Chapter. “Everyone outdid themselves this year, from our tireless committee members to the efforts of our team and walkers. I could not be happier and more proud of an event than I am today.”

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More than 1,800 people took part in the event, which began with an emotional opening ceremony led by Jim Teske of WSYR-TV and emcees at Long Branch Park and included a three-mile walk along the Onondaga Lake shoreline. They also learned about Alzheimer’s disease and how to further their commitment to the cause. Funds raised at Walk to End Alzheimer’s® provide care and support programs, as well as medical and scientific research to find a cure for Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia.

Alison Wolfe of Syracuse was the event’s top fundraiser at $2,575. She was a member of Debbie’s Wolfe Pack, which was the top friend and family team, having raised $19,422. Loretto was the top senior care team at $7,103, while the Central New York Chapter Staff team was the top corporate team at $4,381.

2015 Walk to End Alzheimer’s® — Syracuse, NY
Updated October 6, 2015 at 2 p.m.

Individual Fundraisers

  1. Alison Wolfe, $2,675
  2. Thomas Grooms, $2,445
  3. Jean Carnese, $2,050
  4. Jared Paventi, $1,951
  5. Debbie Wolfe, $1,942

Friends & Family Teams

  1. Debbie’s Wolfe Pack, $19,807
  2. Irish Eyes Are Smiling, $4,124
  3. Walking for Mimi, $3,455
  4. Carl’s Crusaders for a Cure, $2,895
  5. Team Vito the Champion, $2,785

Corporate Teams

  1. Alzheimer’s Association, Central New York Chapter Staff, $4,331
  2. Siren Studios Tattoo, $3,612
  3. Family Practice Associates, $3,246
  4. SU Alzheimer’s Student Organization, $2,530
  5. Alzheimer’s Association, Central New York Chapter Board of Directors, $2,525

Senior Care Teams

  1. Loretto, $6,909
  2. St. Camillus AlzStars, $6,189
  3. Van Duyn Center for Rehabilitation & Nursing, $5,205
  4. VNA Purple Power Walkers, $3,677
  5. McHarrie Life, $2,376

Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s® in Ithaca Hits All-Time Fundraising Mark

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Sunday’s Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s® in Ithaca was a record breaker. More than 500 walkers participated in the fifth annual event at Cass Park, raising $39,090.

“Every year, this community outdoes itself at Walk to End Alzheimer’s,” said Catherine James, chief executive officer for the Alzheimer’s Association, Central New York Chapter. “We’re grateful to our friends new and old in Tompkins and Cortland counties for helping us break this record.”

Walk to End Alzheimer’s participants did more than complete the three-mile walk. They learned about Alzheimer’s disease and how to get involved with this critical cause. Funds raised at the event provide care and support programs, as well as medical and scientific research to find a cure for Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia.

Steven Yaple from Newfield was the top individual fundraiser at $2,100. He walked as part of Bert’s Buddies, a friends and family team from Newfield, which raised $7,339 and was the top friends and family team. ICOT, a team from Ithaca College’s Occupational Therapy department, was the top fundraising corporate team with $2,020. Cornell Alzheimer’s Health Awareness Club was the top senior care team at $1,439.

Sunday’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s® was presented by Brookdale Senior Living Solutions.

2015 Walk to End Alzheimer’s® — Ithaca, NY
Presented by Brookdale Senior Living Solutions

Individual Fundraisers

  1. Steven Yaple, $2,100
  2. Geraldine Egan, $1,040
  3. Kami Drake Epps, $1,000
  4. Lori White, $925
  5. Lea Kassa, $870

Friends & Family Teams

  1. Bert’s Buddies, $7,254
  2. Walking for Papa, $2,770
  3. Brink Family, $1,490
  4. Sheila’s Supporters, $1,300
  5. Walking for Joy, $955

Corporate Teams

  1. ICOT (Ithaca College), $2,220
  2. Gola Osteria, $1,425
  3. Clarity Eye Care, $1,145
  4. SUNY Cortland, $957
  5. Express Employment Professionals, $525

Senior Care Teams

  1. Cornell Alzheimer’s Health Awareness Club, $2,864
  2. Walden Walkers (Walden Place), $1,362
  3. IC A.G.E.S. (Ithaca College Gerontology Institute), $1,327
  4. Team Brookdale (Brookdale Senior Living Solutions), $861
  5. Cayuga Ridge Cruisers (Cayuga Ridge Nursing & Rehabilitation Center), $726

 

Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s® in Canton Breaks Fundraising, Attendance Records (UPDATED 10/6/15)

Massena’s Lucia Johnson, Community Bank, and United Journeys Earn Top Fundraising Honors

Canton’s Partridge Run Golf and Country Club played host to Sunday’s record-breaking Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s®. The 14th annual event raised a record-breaking $55,971 and attracted its largest crowd ever.

“Today’s event was a tribute to the hard work and relentlessness of our Canton committee,” said Catherine James, chief executive officer for the Alzheimer’s Association, Central New York Chapter. “We stand in awe of both their effort and the generosity of those who live here in St. Lawrence county.”

Walk to End Alzheimer’s participants did more than complete the three-mile walk. They learned about Alzheimer’s disease and how to get involved with this critical cause. Funds raised at the event provide care and support programs for the North Country, as well as medical and scientific research to find a cure for Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia.

The Memory Keepers, from left, Charlene Dumas, Stephanie Sedlock, Lucia Johnson, and Marilyn Gollinger.

The Memory Keepers, from left, Charlene Dumas, Stephanie Sedlock, Lucia Johnson, and Marilyn Gollinger.

Lucia Johnson of Massena was the event’s leading fundraiser with $2,867. Memory Keepers, her family’s team, raised $6,168 and earned the top family and friends team honor. The Johnsons walk in memory of Leon Johnson, Lucia’s late husband who courageously fought Alzheimer’s disease until his passing in 2013.

Community Bank, N.A., one of the presenting sponsors for the event, was the top corporate fundraising team with $4,673. United Journey, a team comprised of family and friends of United Helpers’ Maplewood campus, raised $6,554 and was the top senior care team.

Sunday’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s® was presented by Blevins Auto Group, Community Bank, N.A., Kinney Drugs Foundation, and Save-A-Lot.

 

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2015 Walk to End Alzheimer’s® — Canton, NY
Presented by Blevins Auto Group, Community Bank, N.A., Kinney Drugs Foundation, and Save-A-Lot

Individual Fundraisers

  1. Lucia Johnson, $2,975
  2. Kortney Trippany, $1,670
  3. Marilyn Gollinger, $1,448
  4. Kay Church, $1,407
  5. Stephanie Sedlock, $1,150

Family and Friends Team

  1. Memory Keepers, $6,506
  2. Forget-Me-Knots, $4,042
  3. Bea’s Brats, $3,052
  4. Mind Savers, $1,811
  5. Team Team, $1,275

Corporate Team

  1. Community Bank, N.A., $4,710
  2. United Healthcare, $2,000
  3. 7 Steeples Methodist, $510
  4. Kinney Drugs, $439
  5. Sprinkle’s, $347

Senior Care Team

  1. United Journey, $6,683
  2. Riverledge Walkers, $1,102
  3. Mosaic Memory Makers, $429

 

Alzheimer’s Association Announces Staffing Changes

The Alzheimer’s Association, Central New York Chapter recently announced the following changes to its staff:

Stephanie Neuman was promoted to Walk to End Alzheimer’s® manager. She joined the Chapter in 2012 as its constituent relations coordinator, where she managed donor relations and the organization’s databases. Neuman previously interned for the Chapter as a college student. She is a graduate of Onondaga Community College and the State University of New York College at Oswego.

Audrey Lawrence and Melinda Sobrado were hired as associate program directors. Both will work to deliver programs and services to individuals, families and caregivers in Central New York. Lawrence graduated from Syracuse University with her master’s in social work in May 2015 and interned with the Alzheimer’s Association during the 2014-15 academic year. She received a bachelor’s degree from Nazareth College of Rochester. Sobrado was previously the activities director at the long-term care division of Watertown’s Samaritan Health Systems. She earned a bachelor’s degree from the State University of New York College at Potsdam.