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SPOTLIGHT ON ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE
Tell us about your organization:
In 1979, Alzheimer’s disease was not well-known, and those facing it had difficulty finding information or support. That year, five women in the Twin Cities, women who were struggling to provide care for loved ones with Alzheimer’s, founded what is now the Alzheimer’s association Minnesota-North Dakota to help others like themselves. This new entity also became one of the founding chapters of the national Alzheimer’s association, which now has more than 80 chapters nationwide.
The Alzheimer’s association is the world’s leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care and support and the largest nonprofit funder of Alzheimer’s research. Our vision is a world without Alzheimer’s disease®, and our mission is to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health.
What you should know:
Alzheimer’s disease is not a part of normal aging; it’s a progressive, fatal disease. Alzheimer’s is the sixth-leading cause of death in the country and the only cause of death among the top 10 that cannot be prevented, cured or even slowed.
There are currently more than 5.4 million Americans living with Alzheimer’s—including as many as 1100,000 in Minnesota. By 2050 there could be as many as 16 million with the disease, which has the power to bankrupt families, communities and our health care system.
Today, as many as half of people living with the disease never receive a diagnosis. Early diagnosis gives families the chance to start treatment early, when it is most effective, and plan ahead.
What you can do:
Alzheimer’s disease is an epidemic
and all of us will need to take action
if we’re going to achieve a world without Alzheimer’s. We need people
to join us, and there are many ways to get involved:
• Learn about Alzheimer’s disease—its warning signs, who’s at risk, and what treatments are available.
• Connect with the Alzheimer’s Association by participating in a support group, getting information about care options, or attending one of our educational workshops.
• Advocate for those affected by Alzheimer’s and urge legislators to increase funding for research, care, and support.
• Volunteer along with hundreds of others to provide essential services across our communities.
• Participate in the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s®, our annual signature event to raise funds and awareness in communities across Minnesota and North Dakota.
• Donate to help fund vital research and care programs.
For information and support, contact the Alzheimer’s Association’s 24/7 Information Helpline at 800-272-3900 or visit us at alz.org/mnnd.
CHARITABLE EVENTS AROUND TOWN
If you’re a foodie:
• Minnesota Monthly Food and Wine Experience, March 3-4, 2013. Proceeds benefiting Minnesota Public Radio.
• Taste of the Nation, Share Our Strength, benefiting the No Kid Hungry Campaign to end child hunger in America.
• Moveable Feast, benefiting Open Arms of Minnesota, the only nonprofit in the state cooking and delivering free meals for people with illnesses such as HIV/AIDS, ALS, cancer, and MS, as well as their caregivers and dependent children.
• Minnesota Zoo’s Fish First, a seafood tasting event featuring top Twin Cities’ chefs, working to raise consumer awareness about the importance of buying seafood from sustainable sources.
• Brew Love, an annual beer tasting/food pairing event benefiting Ronald McDonald Care Mobile, a dental clinic on wheels delivering quality care to under-served children in the 14-county Twin Cities metropolitan area.
If you’re a fashionista:
• Macy’s Glamorama, a fashion show and concert benefiting the Children’s Cancer Research Fund.
• Aegis Foundation Oscar Night, Feb. 24, 2013, benefiting Smile Network, a humanitarian organization that provides life altering, reconstructive surgeries and related healthcare services to impoverished children and young adults in developing countries; and The Sanneh Foundation, using the appeal of sports, especially soccer, to unite diverse communities, helping at-risk youth develop into leaders.
• Ever After Gowns Spring Boutique, dedicated to supporting young women in the Twin Cities area by providing them with new and gently-used formalwear for their high school prom.
• Maiden Minnesota, a fun and charitable shopping event featuring local women-owned businesses, benefiting Project Success, a local non-profit, youth-development organization that works with students over a seven-year period, from middle school through high school, to help them develop life skills that can transform their lives.
• Friends of St. Jude Masquerade Ball, benefiting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
If you’re an adventure seeker:
• The MOST Amazing Race, up to 30 two-person teams race around Minneapolis and St. Paul, solving clues at various checkpoints. The money raised benefits the Salvation Army’s Bed and Bread Club, alleviating hunger and homelessness in the Twin Cities.
• Mississippi River Challenge, July 27-28, 2013. This two-day, 39-mile paddling event benefits Friends of the Mississippi River, a nonprofit organization raising funds and awareness for a cleaner, healthier river.
• Twin Cities MuckRuckus MS, a military-style obstacle course of mucky fun. Funds raised benefit The National MS Society, Upper Midwest Chapter, providing programs and services to those living with MS, and supporting research to find a cure and cause.
• Polar Bear Plunge, presented by Law Enforcement for Special Olympics Minnesota. The statewide plunge kickoff is Jan. 25, 2013.
• Spring Flood Run, April 20, 2013, a 90-mile motorcycle ride benefiting Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare.
If you’re an animal advocate:
• Walk for Animals, benefiting the Animal Humane Society.
• Fore Paws Golf Tournament, a fundraiser for Helping Paws, furthering the independence of individuals with physical disabilities through the use of service dogs.
• Chef’s Brigade Dinner, March 3, 2013, benefiting We Can Ride, providing quality therapeutic horseback riding programs to people living with disabilities.
• Whisker Whirl Gala, benefiting the Animal Humane Society.
• Pause for Paws, a fundraiser for Second Chance Animal Rescue, dedicated to rescuing, caring for and adopting out homeless dogs and cats into loving and responsible homes.
If you’re active:
• The Susan G. Komen 3-Day, a 60-mile three-day walk Aug. 23-25, 2013, funding local and national breast cancer research and public health outreach programs.
• The American Heart Association Heart Walk, May 4, 2013, raising funds to save lives from the country’s No. 1 and No. 3 killers - heart disease and stroke.
• Fight for Air Stair Climb, a 660-stair timed stair climb Feb. 23, 2013, benefiting the American Lung Association.
• March for Babies, a one, three, or four-mile route with funds benefiting March of Dimes research and programs, helping Minnesota moms have healthy, full-term pregnancies.
• Bike MS 150 Ride, June 7-9, 2013, a two-day bike ride from Duluth to the Twin Cities, benefiting the National MS Society, Upper Midwest Chapter.
Support all of your favorite Minnesota charities on Give to the Max Day. For more information, visit giveMN.org.
For an online calendar of charitable events, visit MNMO.com/charitableregistry.
GALA DRESS CODE DEFINED:
BLACK TIE REQUIRED
When an invitation states “Black tie required,” the hosts expect tuxedos. They want the evening to be elegant and exceptional, and are relying on guests to respect the tuxedo tradition.
BLACK TIE PREFERRED
This terminology is used for those who want to host a formal party, but don’t want to exclude guests who might not be able to afford a tuxedo rental. A dinner jacket or dark suit is ok.
BLACK TIE OPTIONAL
This is the formal equivalent of business casual, which can be confusing. Tuxedo, dinner jacket, or suit? The reality is that all of these dress options “go,” but how will you feel most comfortable? When in doubt, call the organizers to see how they expect the majority of their guests to dress.
If the party is more hip than classic/traditional, wear a jacket with a dark denim jean and narrow tie.
FOR THE LADIES
An invitation to a charity gala is a great excuse to get dressed up, either in an elegant gown, cocktail dress, or classy pant suit. Add pops of color with bold heels, statement-making accessories, or a clutch. Two words: Simple elegance.