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


2013 Black Tie Bowling
 March 2nd
3rd Annual YAAA! For a Cure Black Tie Bowling Event

7 - 11 p.m. at AMF Chesapeake Lanes, 112 East Medical Parkway, Chesapeake. 

SOLD OUT, We have reached our max registration of 40 teams...but you can still donate to a team! Still want to attend? For $20 per person, you can come cheer on your favorite team. This includes food, soft drinks and a door prize ticket. You will also have the chance to walk the red carpet, bid on the silent auction items and enjoy this FUN-filled FUND-raising event! All $20 spectator tickets will only be sold at the door.


Alzheimer's Association Advocacy Forum - April 22-24
25 years of making our VOICE heard! 

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Since 1989, dedicated Alzheimer's advocates have gathered in Washington, D.C., for the Alzheimer's Association Advocacy Forum to share their personal stories, learn about the latest legislative efforts, celebrate policy efforts and urge elected officials to make Alzheimer's disease a national priority. With the passage of the National Alzheimer's Project Act and the release of the first-ever National Alzheimer's Plan, our advocacy efforts have produced results. We know that a common goal can, and will, create change — but there is much more to be done.

Join us in our nation's capital April 22-24, 2013, for the 25th Alzheimer's Association Advocacy Forum as we once again come together to make a difference in the fight against Alzheimer's.

In honor of the Forum's 25th anniversary, registration for the 2013 conference is FREE. If you need more information, contact Patricia Lacey at 800.272.3900 or

tiny purple arrow Registration is FULL - please join the waitlist if you wish to attend the forum! 



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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.

March 2nd - 3rd Annual Black Tie Bowling Event. Chesapeake AMF. SOLD OUT. But you can still come, dress up, and cheer our bowlers on! The $20 spectator fee includes food, soft drinks, and a door prize ticket. 

o March 12 -  Monthly Meeting (South Hampton Roads) 6 p.m. Location TBA. If you are interested in joining YAAA! of South Hampton Roads, email Brooke Floyd, VP of Membership at

o March 19 - New Member Recruitment Social (Peninsula) - 6 - 8 p.m. Brickhouse Tavern Williamsburg, 755 Scotland St. If you are interested in YAAA! on the Peninsula, email Barbara Monteith at


Walk to End Alzheimer's®

2013 Walk Registration Websites Are Open
Team Captain & Volunteer Training (Starts in March!!) 


During our 2012 Walk season, you helped raise $531,000 (that's over half a million dollars and the most this chapter has ever raised through the walk)! We are indebted to your passion and commitment to our cause and our vision of a world without Alzheimer's. The 2013 Walk season is coming together, but we need your help to fundraise and plan these important walks.


Find out exactly what the Alzheimer's Association does nationally and locally and how you can build awareness in your community!

 South Hampton Roads Walk to End Alzheimer's Full Mission Training
March 13, 6 - 8 p.m.
at the Alzheimer's Association, 6350 Center Drive, Rm 115 (Koger Building 5), Norfolk. RSVP to

Eastern Shore Walk to End Alzheimer's Full Mission Training
March 14, 8:45 a.m.
Senior Perspectives Office, Nassawadox. RSVP to

Peninsula Volunteers/YAAA! Full Mission Training
March 26, 6 - 8 p.m.
Riverside PACE, 439C Oriana Rd, Newport News. RSVP to


Western Tidewater Walk to End Alzheimer's
Saturday, September 21 - Constant's Wharf, 1100 E Constance Road, Suffolk, VA

Eastern Shore Walk to End Alzheimer's 
Saturday, October 5 - Senior Perspectives Office, 9559 Hospital Ave, Nassawadox, VA

South Hampton Roads Walk to End Alzheimer's
Sunday, October 13 - Neptune Park, 3114 Atlantic Avenue, Virginia Beach, VA

Peninsula Walk to End Alzheimer's
Saturday, October 19 - Port Warwick, 3100 William Styron Square, Newport News, VA

Williamsburg Walk to End Alzheimer's
Saturday, October 26 - Matthew Whaley Elementary School, 301 Scotland St, Williamsburg, VA

Farmville Walk to End Alzheimer's 
Date TBD - Longwood University, Farmville, VA 


Old Dominion University Satellite Walk to End Alzheimer's  
Thursday, September 19 - 12 noon on Kaufmann Mall behind Webb Center. NOTE: You should register on the South Hampton Roads Walk registration website by including ODU in your team name or join an already registered team that has ODU in their name (ie. ODU Nursing Students, ODU Monarch Maniacs, etc.)

Volunteers - We need YOU!

Walk More Info Volunteers

Fill out a volunteer application

Our biggest needs right now:

Williamsburg Office Volunteer - Help us keep our Williamsburg Office running smoothly. Help with general office tasks and Walk preparation. Must have availability between 9 a.m. & 5 p.m. during the week.

Walk Planning Committee Volunteers - If you want to take your Walk participation to a new level, you can become part of our planning committee. The magic doesn't just happen on Walk day...we rely on truly dedicated volunteers to help us reach our goals and raise awareness in the community. Meetings are starting now! Time commitments are roughly 2-4 hours a month increasing to 5-8 hours a week closer to walk day. 

City Walk Champions - Help spread the word within your own city/community about Walk. These volunteers will work under the Team Recruitment Sub-committee. Volunteer description of City Champion.

For more information, contact: Peninsula and Williamsburg Walks: Barbara Monteith at or 757.812.0638. All other Walks, contact Jennifer Crabtree at or 757.459.2405.


Thank you Parrot Head Club of Tidewater!

Beach Ball 

Thank you to Parrot Head Club of Tidewater Charities for raising $32,250 at the 16th Annual Bonnie Harrell Parrot Head Beach Ball! As always, it was a great night to let loose, have fun, and help end Alzheimer's disease! Mark your calendars for next year's event - Saturday, February 1st, 2014!

Photo Album fom Parrot Head Beach Ball.



Climbing High for John Update

Hightower Tribute Climb


Brian made it! He reached the "Roof of Africa" at 0730 on February 28. His first question when we gets down is bound to be: How much did we raise? His trek, after all, is both to honor John Hightower and to raise money for research into Alzheimer's. If you would like to donate or learn more about Brian's journey, please go to



Other Upcoming Events

      You can help by sharing these events with your friends!

Marshalls "Give a Dollar" Campaign
March 3 - March 16. Marshalls shoppers will have the opportunity to join the nationwide efforts of The TJX Companies, Inc. and make a donation in support of the Alzheimer's Association upon checkout at stores. Marshalls has chosen the Alzheimer's Association as the recipient of the donation campaign March 3-16 in an effort to raise awareness of Alzheimer's disease and support the mission of the organization. Since 2011, The TJX Companies, Inc. has been active in the fight to end Alzheimer's. In early 2013, the Company committed its second multi-year $1 million pledge providing additional support to Alzheimer's care, support and research.

Thirty-One Friendraiser
March 9. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Join the Bay Lake Blazers Walk to End Alzheimer's team for an exclusive shopping experience with Thirty-One. Bay Lake Retirement & Assisted Living Community Lobby, 4225 Shore Drive, Virginia Beach. Questions? Contact Catie at (757) 460-8868. Flyer. If you can't make it, you can also shop online at the Facebook event with your friends. 

No Forks Friendraiser
March 26. 2 - 6 p.m. Stop by No Forks CheeseSteaks & More located in the Theo's Plaza shopping center at 5045 Virginia Beach Blvd. Ste 101. No Forks will donate a percentage of all sales that day to the Alzheimer's Association. In addition lollipops, candy, lavender scented candles and purple wrist bands will be sold for a minimum of $1 donation. Stop by to support a great cause and eat some delicious food. Event hosted by Team Find a Cure. Share the Facebook event with your friends.

"The Purple Party" Zumba® Friendraiser  
April 13. 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Zumba® Master Class and 1 - 2 p.m. free food and vendors outside at Pacifica Senior Living, 5417 Wesleyan Drive, Virginia Beach (rain date is April 27). Over 17 of your favorite local Zumba instructors will be there! Purchase tickets from one of the featured Zumba® Instructors or at Pacifica Senior Living 757-490-6672. Tickets are only $10 in advance and $15 the day of event. Note: Parking for the master class will be offsite at the shopping center next door and will be clearly posted the day of the event. Proceeds from this event will be donated via the Pacifica “Waves of Hope” Walk to End Alzheimer's Team to the Southeastern Virginia Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association. Flyer. Share the Facebook event with your friends.


Cookbook Friendraiser
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
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 March 5, 6 - 8 p.m., Norfolk.
o March 11, 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Suffolk.
o March 12, 1:30 - 3 p.m., Franklin.

o March 19, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m., Hampton.
o March 20, 1 - 3 p.m., Norfolk.
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 at least 2 business days in advance, call 800.272.3900 or email

South Hampton Roads
The Living with Alzheimer's series is coming in April and May on Thursdays at the Alzheimer's Association Office, 6350 Center Drive, Room 115, Norfolk. Bring a bag dinner. Program takes 2 full hours, please arrive by 5:45 p.m. Call 800.272.3900 for more information and to register. You must register for each session at least 4 business days in advance.

o April 4, Part 1 / April 11, Part 2 - Living with Alzheimer's - For Early Stage Caregivers. 
o April 18 - Living with Alzheimer's - Legal Aspects 
o April 25 - Living with Alzheimer's - Financial Aspects 
May 2, Part 1 / May 9, Part 2 / May 23, Part 3 - Living with Alzheimer's - For Middle Stage Caregivers
May 30, Late Stage, Parts 1 & 2 - Living with Alzheimer's - For Late Stage Caregivers  

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 March 8, 9 a.m. -1 p.m. Understanding Wandering/ Promoting Restraint-Free Care (Virginia Beach). 

Local News

YAAA! Black Tie Bowling - 13News at Noon WVEC
Former Va. Beach mayor's new challenge: Alzheimer’s - The Virginian-Pilot
YAAA! Black Tie Bowling - The Hampton Roads Show (Video) 
2013 Hot Ticket Feature "Climbing High for John" - COX 11 (Video)
Man to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro to raise Alzheimer's awareness - WVEC-13 

National News

Thank you to our Major Corporate Sponsors!

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Gold Sponsors 
Silver Sponsor
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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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