Alzheimer's Association

Welcome to our monthly e-newsletter to keep you up to date on everything happening in our chapter's 7,400 square mile area. Please send any feedback, information on your fundraising efforts and pictures to Kristy at

Winter 2013 PDF/Print Newsletter is Here!

Even though you subscribe to our e-newsletter, you still get to read the print newsletter in PDF format too. You can find out what's coming up, the complete support group listing, a walk picture collage, and great articles.
 Winter 2013 Newsletter.


Read the full issue now.


John B. Hightower Tribute Climb

Hightower Tribute Climb

Brian Cole will be climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro to raise money for research.

Brian Cole

John B. Hightower has been a client of Brian Cole (pictured at left), owner of Personal Training Associates in Newport News, for the last 10 years. As a way to honor his friend who is affected by Alzheimer's disease, Cole has decided to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro on February 22 to 28 to increase awareness and to raise funds for Alzheimer’s research. “Alzheimer’s places tremendous burdens on the families and caregivers and is the only cause of death among the top 10 without a way to prevent, predict, cure or even slow its progression. Research will change that,” states Cole.

Find out how you can support Cole's efforts and follow his journey!




February 2nd
16th Annual Bonnie Harrell Parrot Head Beach Ball
"Last Mango in Paris"

Parrot Heads

Order your tickets now for this fun event before they sellout! Tickets are $75. Food, dancing, silent & live auctions, live music and more! Wyndham Virginia Beach Oceanfront, 5700 Atlantic Ave, Virginia Beach. This event is hosted by the Parrot Head Club of Tidewater and benefits the Alzheimer’s Association. Please call Gino Colombara at 757.459.2405 to purchase your ticketsView pictures from last year. Join the Facebook event


2013 Black Tie Bowling
 March 2nd
3rd Annual Black Tie Bowling Event

7 - 11 p.m. at AMF Chesapeake Lanes, 112 East Medical Parkway Chesapeake. If you are interested in sponsorship opportunites, the deadline to get your business logo/name on the koozie is February 5. Deadline for other sponsors benefits is February 15. Call Gino Colombara at 757.459.2405 if you are interested in sponsoring this event.

tiny purple arrow Sign up now, this popular event sells out every year! Space is limited. Tickets are only $40 per person and include food, bowling, shoe rental, drinks, raffles, and a silent auction. 

YAAA General Logo

YAAA! Upcoming Events

YAAA! is our young professionals group. Most members are 21 to 45+. If you are interested in joining YAAA!, email View more information about YAAA! or "Like" the YAAA! Facebook Page.

o January 17 - ATTENTION: Peninsula Young Professionals Interest Social: We are now recruiting for YAAA's on the Peninsula. An interest meeting will be held at 6 - 7:30 p.m at Morningside of Newport News, 655 Denbigh Boulevard. If you are interested in attending, please email and RSVP through evite. Share the Facebook event with your friends!

o January 31 - South Hampton Roads New Member Interest Social. YAAA! is recruiting new members! Stop by anytime after work between 6 and 8 p.m. to this informal networking social. Location TBA. Check YAAA!'s Facebook page for more information. 

o March 2nd - 3rd Annual Black Tie Bowling Event. Cheasapeake AMF. If you would like to get involved on the planning side, please contact YAAA! at Otherwise, you can sign up now to play!



Other Upcoming Events

You can help by sharing these events with your friends!

MyTime Women's Show
January 12, 10:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.. Come visit our table at the MyTime Women's Show at the Hampton Roads Convention Center, 1610 Coliseum Drive Hampton.

Media Advocacy Volunteer Training
January 24, 9 a.m.- 11:30 a.m. We need YOUR voice! Would you like to become a volunteer media advocate for the Alzheimer's Association?  What exactly does a media advocate do? If you are interested in writing letters to the editor, blogging, sharing information on social media, or speaking on the radio, TV, and to print publications, please sign up, we need your voice! Victory Family YMCA, 101 Long Green Boulevard, Yorktown. RSVP to Kristy Wyngaarden at

Chili Cook-off
January 27, 11 a.m. Friendraiser hosted by Geared Up Rock Bar & Grille, 1485 General Booth Blvd, Ste 118, Virginia Beach. For more information contact Morgan from Geared Up at (757) 425-2202.  


Aromas Coffee Friendraiser 
Anytime. Aromas Specialty Coffees & Gourmet Bakery, Williamsburg and Newport News locations. Aromas will donate $3.00 per pound of coffee purchased (with this coupon). 

Cookbook Friendraiser
Anytime. How would you feel if your traditional family recipes were lost forever? Most likely awful! When Barbara Magro heard the diagnosis of her mother’s disease in 2006 and witnessed her mother’s decline, she set out to preserve her family recipes that were at the heart of her upbringing. Recipes to Remember - My Epicurean Journey to Preserve my Mother’s Italian Cooking from Memory Loss is the result. As seen in the Wall Street Journal, Daytime TV and WPLG 10 Miami. To purchase a book for $30, please call us at 757.459.2405. $5 from each book sold through our office will be donated to our chapter. Please make checks payable to Barbara Magro and send to Alzheimer's Association, 6350 Center Drive, Suite 102, Norfolk, VA 23502.

Tina Micula's Music Downloads Friendraiser
Anytime. 50% of the proceeds from the downloads of Just 3 Words and I'm Still Here will be donated to the Alzheimer's Association Southeastern Virginia Chapter. More information on how to purchase the music or a special DVD.

Local Educational Classes Coming Up

Orientation to Alzheimer's Disease and Related Dementias

Orientations are offered free by the Alzheimer’s Association to family caregivers. Registration is required at least 2 business days in advance, call 800.272.3900. Participants will receive the Alzheimer’s Association’s local resource manual, Getting Started.
o January 8, 6 - 8 p.m., Norfolk.
o January 9, 1:30 - 3 p.m., Franklin.
o January 14, 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Suffolk.
o January 15, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m., Hampton.
o January 16, 1 - 3 p.m., Norfolk. 

Family Caregiver Education

Education classes for families and friends are offered free by the Alzheimer’s Association. Registration is required at least 2 business days in advance, call 800.272.3900 or email
Living with Alzheimer's Series - Middle-Stage. January 8 (Part 1), January 15 (Part 2), January 22 (Part 3). 2-4 p.m. Location: Victory YMCA, 101 Long Green Blvd., Yorktown. RSVP required at 800.272.3900.
Living with Alzheimer's Series - Late-Stage. January 29. 2-4 p.m. Location: Victory YMCA, 101 Long Green Blvd., Yorktown. RSVP required at 800.272.3900.

Ornament 2012 Winner

View photos from our Holiday Open House!
Congratulations to Robin Sexauer for winning the Ornament Contest (ornament pictured above) and a permanent leaf on our Tree of Hope.

National News

Thank you to our Major Corporate Sponsors!

Platinum Sponsor
Riverside Logo 2012
Gold Sponsors 
Silver Sponsor
Comfort Keepers 2012 Logo
If you are interested in becoming a corporate sponsor, advertising, or just want to get your company involved, contact Gino Colombara at

Support groups taking place each month.

Educational classes and orientations on Alzheimer's disease and related dementias.

More fun events to benefit the chapter.

Free Professional Dementia Training Sessions.

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