FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE | October 13, 2011
Alzheimer’s Foundation of America to Host ‘For the Love of George’ Cocktail Party in Chicago
NEW YORK, NY—The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America’s (AFA) Chicago committee is hosting “For the Love of George,” a cocktail party and concert designed to raise awareness of the disease and provide funds to support AFA’s programs and services locally and nationally.
The fourth annual event will be held on October 21 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at Enclave, 220 West Chicago Avenue, Chicago. It will feature live entertainment by Shifter, a premier Chicago 80’s rock cover band, and a silent auction. Master of ceremony will be Alan Goldsher, author of “Paul is Undead,” a ghostwriter and journalist.
Tickets are $75 in advance and $100 at the door, and guests must be 21 and over to attend. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.ticketweb.com or call 866-AFA-8484.
The first AFA “For the Love of George” Committee 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 passed away in 2008.
Using the New York Junior Committee as a model, the event has since been held in other major cities. “With the dedication and support of these committees, Alzheimer’s disease is starting to move front and center. We have a lot more work ahead, and this type of event helps us toward our goals—to raise awareness and support families in need,” said Eric J. Hall, AFA’s president and chief executive officer
Proceeds from the event will benefit AFA’s programs and services nationwide that offer practical, emotional and financial support to families affected by Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias.
Currently, it is estimated that as many as 5.1 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, approximately 222,300 residents currently have the disease.
The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, based in New York, is a national nonprofit organization that unites more than 1,600 member organizations nationwide with the goal of providing optimal care and services to individuals confronting dementia, and to their caregivers and families. Its services include counseling and referrals by licensed social workers via a toll-free helpline, e-mail, Skype, and live chat; educational materials; a free quarterly magazine for caregivers; and professional training. For more information about AFA, call toll-free 866-AFA-8484 or visit www.alzfdn.org.
Contact: Carol Steinberg