FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE | October 2, 2007
Alzheimer's Foundation of America Sponsors “For the Love of George” Fundraising Event for Young Professionals in New York
NEW YORK, NY—The Alzheimer's Foundation of America (AFA) Junior Committee is hosting the third annual “For the Love of George” fundraising event in New York City on October 11 to support the care needs of families affected by Alzheimer's disease.
The event was conceived by Alex and Chris Barnet, the committee co-chairs, to honor their grandfather, George R. Irvin, who was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease in 2002. On a larger scale, the committee hopes to draw attention to a disease that mainly affects the older generation—one in every ten over the age of 65—by raising awareness of it among young professionals.
For the Love of George will be held on October 11 from 7:30 pm to 11:30 pm at Providence, 311 West 57th Street, New York City.
The cocktail party includes drinks, hors d'oeuvres, a casino, entertainment, and live and silent auctions. Michele Charlesworth, co-anchor of WABC-TV's weekend morning news broadcasts, will emcee the live auction.
Tickets are $125 if purchased by October 8, and $150 at the door. For details and tickets, visit www.alzfdn.org .
Alex Barnet is proud of how far this group of young professionals has come in three years. Besides expanding its reach in New York, the committee is now duplicating its efforts in other major cities.
“Each of us, no matter how young or old, will at some point be affected by Alzheimer's disease,” said Barnet. “The commitment people have shown is a true testament to this event's success. I know my grandfather, George, would be very proud of what we are doing.”
More than five million Americans currently have Alzheimer's disease, which results in loss of memory and other intellectual functions, and, ultimately, death. Its incidence is expected to triple by mid-century.
“We are delighted by the commitment and passion shown by AFA's Junior Committee in helping to draw attention to Alzheimer's disease and encouraging the younger generation to come together to provide care and support for those affected by this heartbreaking disease,” said Eric J. Hall, chief executive officer of AFA.
The Alzheimer's Foundation of America is a national nonprofit organization headquartered in New York and made up of hundreds of member organizations that provide hands-on programs to meet the educational, emotional, practical and social needs of families affected by Alzheimer's disease and related illnesses. AFA's services include a toll-free helpline, counseling, educational materials, a free caregiver magazine, and professional training. For information, call (Toll-Free Helpline) 866-AFA-8484 or visit www.alzfdn.org .
Contact: Carol Steinberg