Alzheimer's Association Desert Southwest Chapter

By Lynette Carrington

Alzheimer's Association Desert Southwest Chapter

2016 Gala – Dancing  Guest dancing to the Raun Alosi Band

Support programs, research, and advocacy are at the forefront of 2016 goals for the organization

The “A Love Not Forgotten" Gala is the Alzheimer's Association Desert Southwest Chapter's signature black tie event. The 2016 gala took place on February 6 and money raised at the event goes to the latest in dementia research and local programs like education sessions, a 24-hour helpline, Alzheimer’s support groups, and provide personalized support to Alzheimer’s families.

Dan Lawler, Development Director for the Alzheimer’s Association Desert Southwest Chapter says, “Over 220 people attended raising $150,000 for Alzheimer’s research and care and support programs.”

The seventh annual ‘A Love Not ForgottenTM gala featured a black & white Great Gatsby theme. Guests came dressed in their best 1920s attire, enjoying a robust silent auction and fabulous dinner at the Camelback Inn. After the program, individuals danced the night away to the sounds of the Raun Alosi band.

016 Gala – Harry Kate and Ruben  Harry Mitchell, Kate Gallego (Phoenix City Council) and Ruben Gallego (US Congress)

2016 Gala – Harry  Harry Mitchell delivers the keynote address for the 2016 A Love Not Forgotten Gala   “Former Congressman Harry Mitchell shared his personal journey as a caregiver for his wife of 53 years, Marianne. She was recently diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease,” states Lawler. “He shared the signs they experienced as the disease progressed, as well as the support services available that they utilized. Nobody should have to go through this journey alone. There is help available to you!”

Alzheimer’s disease is predicted to nearly double by the year 2025. Of the top ten causes of death in the United States, it is the only one without a way to prevent it, treat it or even slow it down.Lawler explains, “The Alzheimer’s Association is at the forefront of this epidemic. We are the largest non-profit funder of Alzheimer’s research in the world. We are committed to accelerating the global effort to eliminate Alzheimer's disease.”

2016 Gala – James and Erin  James Fitzpatrick and Erin Krivanek

Lawler says, “We continue to work on both the state and federal levels to advance Alzheimer’s initiatives, such as the recently create Arizona Alzheimer’s State Plan. Throughout all of this, we are focused on empowering and supporting individuals, families, care partners and communities affected by dementia across our chapter.”

2016 Gala – Dover table  (l-r) Susan and Keith Ricker, Agi Dover, Mike Nolan, Julie Pek Nolan, Jack Dover

About the Alzheimer’s Association Desert Southwest Chapter

The Alzheimer’s Association is the only national health and social service organization dedicated to research, and to providing support and assistance to people with Alzheimer’s disease, their families and caregivers. Founded in 1980, the association works through a network of more than 70 chapters across the country.

The Alzheimer’s Association Desert Southwest Chapter provides programs and services to tens of thousands of families including Helpline – a 24/7 assistance line, MedicAlert+Safe Return, Family Care Consultation, Support Groups, Education, Early Stage Programming and Legislative Advocacy.


2016 Gala – Harry and Laura  Harry Mitchell and Laura Pastor (Phoenix City Council)

2016 Gala – Josh and Kasey  Joshua and Kasey Farley

2016 Gala – Josh and Kasey  Joshua and Kasey Farley