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



Do You Have Plans for Saturday Night?

Beach Ball 2012

16th Annual Bonnie Harrell Parrot Head Beach Ball - "Last Mango in Paris"
February 2, 6:30 p.m. 

Wyndham Hotel & Resort, 5700 Atlantic Avenue, Virginia Beach.
Food, dancing, silent & live auctions, live music and more!

***LAST CHANCE***We still have a few more tickets available for this great event! You have until 3 p.m. today to call our office at 757.459.2405 to reserve your tickets! Tickets are $75 each and the event benefits the Alzheimer’s Association. View pictures from last year


2013 Black Tie Bowling

March 2nd
3rd Annual YAAA! Black Tie Bowling Event
7 - 11 p.m. at AMF Chesapeake Lanes,
112 East Medical Parkway, Chesapeake 


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, silent auction, and a walk down our red carpet wearing black tie on top and anything goes on bottom! Teams consist of 6 players.

Catch YAAA! on the Hampton Roads Show on Fox 43 at 11 a.m. on February 4th!

If you are interested in sponsorship opportunities, 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 fun event.


John B. Hightower Tribute Climb
 February 22 to 28 

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.
See Brian's Interview on WVEC 13's Noon News and a video on why he is climbing

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

February is Black History Month

Goldie ByrdDuring February, Black History Month, the Alzheimer's Association sat down for a one-on-one talk with Dr. Goldie Byrd, an African-American scientist who has spent more than a decade researching the genetics of Alzheimer's disease. Early in her career, Dr. Byrd recognized the impact of studying the nature of Alzheimer’s disease on a genomic level. Learn more about her thoughts on her observations and her motivations for continuing her research. 






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YAAA! Upcoming Events

YAAA! is our young professionals group. Most members are 21 to 45+. View more information about YAAA! or "Like" the YAAA! Facebook Page.

Interested in joining YAAA! South Hampton Roads? Email
Interested in joining YAAA! Peninsula/Williamsburg? Email 

February 12 -  Monthly Meeting (South Hampton Roads) - 6 p.m. Location TBA. Email YAAA! or check back on the Facebook page.

February 19 -  New Member Recruitment Social (Peninsula/Williamsburg) 6 p.m. Brickhouse Tavern, 41 Herman Melville Ave,  Newport News. Share the Facebook event.

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


Upcoming Events

Dunk Alzheimer's Friendraiser
February 17. Join William and Mary at 1 p.m. to watch the Women's Basketball team play against Delaware at William and Mary Hall. If you wear purple, you get in free!


Valentine's Day Balloon Bouquets Friendraiser
Until February 12. Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Virginia Beach is selling balloon bouquets with Hershey Kisses for $5 each! 100% of the proceeds will go to benefit the Alzheimer's Association. They are accepting orders through February 12. You can call 495-4211 to place your order. Your order will be available for pick up on February 14th.

Alzheimer’s Support Bracelet Friendraiser 
Until February 15. Orders and money due by February 15. The Bay Lake Blazers Walk team is now taking orders for bracelets! They are $25 a piece and 50% of the proceeds will go to their Walk to End Alzheimer's team! Please contact Catie for more information at (757) 460-8868 or email Picture of bracelet and order form.

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 February 5, 6 - 8 p.m., Norfolk.
o February 12, 1:30 - 3 p.m., Franklin. *note this orientation has changed to the 2nd Tuesday of each month.
o February 19, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m., Hampton.
o February 20, 1 - 3 p.m., Norfolk. 
o March 11, 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Suffolk
o As needed in Williamsburg and on the Eastern Shore, please call 800.272.3900. 

Family Caregiver Education 

Education classes for families and friends are offered free by the Alzheimer’s Association. Registration is required.
The Living with Alzheimer's series is coming in April and May. If you want to be on the list to attend and be the first to know about the dates and times, contact Carol at 800.272.3900 or email

Professional Education

If you are a professional who cares for individuals with memory loss, we have essential training for you. These classes are available at no cost due to our partnership with Southside Geropsychiatric Services. Attendees will receive certificates of course completion at the end of each class. You must RSVP to 
o February 5, 9 a.m. -1 p.m. Dementia Basics (Norfolk). 

Support Groups

Support groups are taking place each month from South Central Virginia to the Eastern Shore! We have support groups for caregivers and friends, as well as support groups for those who have been diagnosed in the early stages of Alzheimer's disease or a related dementia.

Winter 2013 PDF/Print Newsletter 

Winter2013NewsletterIf you missed it, the Winter 2013 issue came out in January. Even though you subscribe to our e-newsletter, you still get to read the print newsletter in PDF format too! The PDF/Print newsletter only comes out 3 times a year. You can find out what's coming up, the complete support group listing, a walk picture collage, and great articles.

Read the full issue now.
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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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