is fundraising to honor:
to fight Alzheimer's
My dad's brother Mike was the 5th of 12 kids who grew up in extreme poverty. Against the odds, he put himself through college, became an engineer, and literally traveled the world working on bridges, runways, plants - even the renovation of Yankee Stadium in his native NYC.
He was not only brilliant but one of the sweetest, funniest people around, with an infectious smile for everyone he met. We're grateful that the Alzheimer's that began to sap his memory in his 70's didn't take away his smile or his laugh, but it took him from us, way too early.
Poor as they were, my grandparents had to farm their small Brooklyn lot to grow much of the food they needed. That connection to the earth has passed on through generations, and for me especially my garden is my refuge and inspiration. So once again, on the The Longest Day I will be honoring Uncle Mike and my Aquino forebears by making jam from the fruit I grow alongside my Hollywood bungalow.
While in the past I've always had friends and family helping with the effort, the quarantine means that this year it will just be me and my husband Drew - wish us luck!
As in the past, anyone donating $250 or more will receive a jar of this special EndALZ jam as a thank-you from me. Or, if you prefer (or we run out of berries), I can send a jar of my fig jam made with fruit from the tree I grew in my Hollywood backyard from a cutting that my grandfather (Michaele, above) brought with him from Italy over 100 yrs ago. If you'd like your own cutting - I can do that, too!
Any amount is deeply appreciated, and a donation of just $25 will put you in a raffle for jam and other cool prizes. So please make a tax-deductible donation right now (preferably before the 20th) to help raise awareness, support the people affected and find a cure for Alzheimer's.
With thanks and love and wishes that you stay safe, Amy
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