Caring Hearts Auxiliary Raises More than $300,000 to Benefit FAU’s Louis and Anne Green Memory and Wellness Center
BOCA RATON, FL (December 13, 2012) – The Caring Hearts Auxiliary of Florida Atlantic University’s Louis and Anne Green Memory and Wellness Center, along with generous sponsors and walkers, raised more than $300,000 at the seventh annual Keep Memories Alive walk affair. Proceeds benefit scholarships to Day Center participants, Day Center activities and caregiver support programs.
The ‘50s-themed “Bobby Socks Optional” event took place inside the Town Center at Boca Raton and included something for everyone. Close to 300 walkers enjoyed singing and dancing by KP Productions and music by Magic 102.7 before strolling around the mall. Approximately 20 teams participated, including 75 students from Spanish River High School’s National Honor Society. The “Royal Palm Street Walkers” raised more than $1,800.
“It was heartwarming to see so many members of our community join our cause,” said Terry Fedele, a Caring Hearts Auxiliary board member who co-chaired the event with fellow board member, Jill Poser-Kammet. “The Memory and Wellness Center provides such an important service to people dealing with memory loss and their caregivers.”
Beautiful paintings from Day Center students of art instructor, Patricia Saidon, were displayed and available for purchase as a donation to the Day Center.
“It’s hard to believe how much this event has grown in seven years – from 65 walkers in the first year to more than 250 walkers this year,” said Poser-Kammet. “We are so fortunate to have this resource in our community.”
The Memory and Wellness Center, located on FAU’s Boca Raton campus, is part of FAU’s Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and averages 16,000 visits per year. The Center offers a wide range of services and programs to individuals with mild to moderate memory disorders, including Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia. Visits begin with a comprehensive memory evaluation. The evaluation results often help diagnose a memory disorder and develop a treatment plan in cooperation with a patient’s physicians.
The 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.
“We are so appreciative of the support we received from the co-chairs, committee, walkers and sponsors that enables the Center to continue state-of-the art services to families living with memory disorders,” said Kathleen Valentine, director of the Center. “Like many not-for-profit health care organizations, we are continually forced to do more with less. Each dollar counts.”
Generous sponsors included:
Christine E. Lynn
John and Dotsa Bitove and Family
Louis & Anne Green
Elaine J. Wold
Schmidt Family Foundation
Boca Raton Magazine
Legal Sea Foods
Bill and Betty Scaggs
Debra Gonzalez/Sugar Plum Fairy
Debbie Lindstrom and Bob Sheetz
Raymond James & Associates, Inc.
Aker Kasten Home Health Care
Boca Medical Supply
Boca Raton Regional Hospital Foundation
Direct Care Nursing Services
The Hoffheimer Family
Jerry and Terry Fedele
Bob and Gail Milhous
Joe and Bonnie Scaggs
Dr. Barry and Becky Davis
David Kammet and Jill Poser-Kammet
Manny and Theresa Hernandez
Dr. Kathleen Valentine and Dr. George DePuy
The Law Offices of Dickenson, Murphy, Rex & Sloan
South Florida Radiation Oncology
Mr. and Mrs. Michael Wynn
For information on the 2013 Keep Memories Alive Walk, contact the Caring Hearts Auxiliary office at 561-297-4066 or firstname.lastname@example.org . You may also follow the Center on Facebook by searching for “Louis and Anne Green Memory and Wellness Center at FAU.”
-FAU-About Florida Atlantic University:
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.