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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE | September 30, 2008

Chefs, Young Professionals in Chicago Support Alzheimer’s Foundation of America  

NEW YORK, NYThe Alzheimer’s disease cause is really heating up this week as some of Chicago’s finest culinary establishments and young professionals emerge on the scene for the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America’s (AFA) “For the Love of George” fundraising event.

The event will be hosted by AFA’s Junior Committee, which is composed of young professionals from the Chicago area, and will feature an array of tasting stations from some of the city’s well-known culinary institutions, including Kendall College, Ferrara Candy and Marla's Mandels. It will also include entertainment and a silent auction.

The second annual cocktail party will be held on October 3 from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm at Enclave, 220 West Chicago Avenue, Chicago. Tickets are $75 in advance and $100 at the door. For more information, call 866-AFA-8484.

The event is designed to help AFA raise awareness of and support for the care needs of families affected by Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. Similar events have been held in New York, Palm Beach, FL and Dallas.

The first AFA Junior Committee of young professionals was established in New York 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. Irvin, 81, of Quogue, NY and North Palm Beach, FL, passed away on February 26.

Using the New York Junior Committee as a model, the Barnet brothers, working closely with AFA, have been busy replicating their efforts in other major cities.

Eric J. Hall, AFA’s president and chief executive officer, noted: “We are taken by the commitment and passion shown by these committees in helping to draw attention to our cause. They are paying the ultimate tribute to all those, like Mr. Irvin, who were and are affected by this heartbreaking disorder.”

Currently, it is estimated that more than five million Americans 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. In Illinois, an estimated 210,000 individuals will have Alzheimer’s disease by 2010.

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 hot line, counseling, educational materials, a free caregiver magazine, and professional training. For information, call (toll-free) 866-AFA-8484 or visit www.alzfdn.org.

Contact: Carol Steinberg
Phone: 866-AFA-8484