‘Fifty Shades of Green’ Raises More Than $70,000 to Support the Expansion of FAU’s Louis and Anne Green Memory and Wellness Center
BOCA RATON, Fla. (April 30, 2013) – Guests and sponsors helped raise more than $70,000 at “Fifty Shades of Green,” an annual event hosted by the Caring Hearts Auxiliary of Florida Atlantic University’s Louis and Anne Green Memory and Wellness Center of the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing. Held at a beautiful private home on the Intracoastal in Boca Raton, guests enjoyed delicious dinner-by-the-bite, cocktails and a live auction. Funds raised will benefit the expansion of the Memory and Wellness Center.
Bobby Campbell was the grand sponsor; Louis and Anne Green were the honorary chairs; and Patricia Thomas and Terry Fedele were the event co-chairs.
“We are fortunate to have so many generous friends of the Caring Hearts Auxiliary,” said Patricia Thomas, Caring Hearts Auxiliary president. “We know that they join us in our excitement for the Memory and Wellness Center expansion, which will greatly benefit our community.”
Construction will soon begin on a 5,000-square-foot building connected to the current Day Center via a covered walkway. The new building will house a large multipurpose room for Day Center activities and community education as well as a kitchen, an art studio, nurse practitioner and case manager offices and treatment rooms. There will be no interruption in service during construction and applications for enrollment are open. The building is expected to be completed in late 2013.
“We are so grateful for the time and treasure shared by the Caring Hearts Auxiliary,” said Kathleen Valentine, R.N., Ph.D., director of the Memory and Wellness Center. “From individuals suffering from memory loss and their caregivers to students and faculty researchers, their support goes a long way toward improving the lives of those surrounded by memory loss.”
Located on FAU’s Boca Raton campus, the Louis and Anne Green Memory and Wellness Center offers a wide range of services and programs to individuals with mild to moderate memory disorders. The adult day center provides an active and secure place for families to bring spouses or parents who are experiencing memory loss, and the caregiver support programs have a positive impact on life at home. In January 2013, the Center was named a “Specialized Alzheimer’s Services Center” by Florida’s Agency for Health Care Administration’s Division of Health Quality Assurance. The dementia-specific adult day center was the first to receive the designation.
“Fifty Shades of Green” sponsors included Louis and Anne Green, Christine E. Lynn/E.M. Lynn Foundation and Elaine J. Wold (Green Sapphire); The Toppel Family Foundation (Peridot); The Schmidt Family Foundation, Debbie Lindstrom and Bob Sheetz, and Patricia Thomas (Jade); and Joel Altman, Mike and Arlette Baker, Boca Raton Regional Hospital Foundation, Edward and Freyda Burns, Boca Medical Supply, Jerry and Terry Fedele, Mary Anna Fowler, Susan Katz, Lynn University, Jan Savarick, Bonne and Bob Sonneborn, and Robert and Robin Muir (Malachite).
Auction items were generously donated by Aberdeen County Club, Addison Reserve Country Club, Altier Jewelers, the Boca Raton Resort & Club, Boca West Country Club, Casa D’Angelo, Crystal Bay Caterers, Elegance Salon, Kathy’s Gazebo Café, Morton’s Steakhouse, Ocean Reef Club, Royal Palm Golf and Country Club, Saks Fifth Avenue, St. Andrews Country Club, and Sunflower Landscape.
-FAU-Florida Atlantic University, established in 1961, officially opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. Today, the University, with an annual economic impact of $6.3 billion, serves more than 30,000 undergraduate and graduate students at sites throughout its six-county service region in southeast Florida. FAU’s world-class teaching and research faculty serves students through 10 colleges: the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters, the College of Business, the College for Design and Social Inquiry, the College of Education, the College of Engineering and Computer Science, the Graduate College, the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science. FAU is ranked as a High Research Activity institution by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The University is placing special focus on the rapid development of three signature themes – marine and coastal issues, biotechnology and contemporary societal challenges – which provide opportunities for faculty and students to build upon FAU’s existing strengths in research and scholarship. For more information, visit www.fau.edu.