Archive | March, 2016

Knitting/crocheting for The Longest Day

29 Mar

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You’ve always loved to knit or crochet. Maybe you’ve tucked away your projects, thinking you’ll get back to them when you have more time. Or, maybe you’ve been actively knitting or crocheting for many years and are looking for a great project.

Well … now is the time and this is the project! Knit or crochet to raise awareness and funds to help those living with Alzheimer’s.

Here are a few ideas to get you started:

  1. Ask for donations for each hour of knitting or crocheting. Ex: $5, $10, $15, even $20 per hour. This can be done individually or you can ask your friends to join you in a knitting/crocheting circle.
  1. Offer to give knitting or crocheting lessons for donations.
  1. Sell items you have knitted or crocheted.
  1. Ask for donations for items you knit or crochet within a certain amount of time.
  1. Make up small baskets of yarn and ask for donations.
  1. Tie knitting or crochet needles together with a pretty ribbon and attach a small card to them. In the card write the name of a donor’s loved one who is either living with Alzheimer’s or who has been lost to Alzheimer’s.

You are limited only by your imagination! Do what you love and love what you do while putting your passion to good work on The Longest Day.

Join or Register a team now!

ABOUT THE LONGEST DAY
The Longest Day is a team event to raise funds and awareness for the Alzheimer’s Association®. Held annually on the summer solstice, the duration of this sunrise-to-sunset event symbolizes the challenging journey of those living with the disease and their caregivers. Teams are encouraged to create their own experience as they fundraise and participate in an activity they love to honor someone facing the disease.

Volunteer Hampton Roads honors ALZSEVA Volunteer

23 Mar

Conducted annually, the Hampton Roads VOLUNTEER Achievement Awards recognize the region’s most outstanding volunteers based on their length of service, initiative and impact on the community.  These men, women and youth have inspiring stories that encourage others to serve. This year our volunteer Robert Fanning will be among the honorees at the 41st annual event on Wednesday, April 13 at the Founders Inn & Spa.

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Robert Fanning seen here in a t-shirt given to him by our staff for his 85th Birthday

Robert (Bob) Fanning, age 85, volunteers 15 hours a week at the Alzheimer’s Association Southeastern Virginia chapter, for a total of more than 4,000 hours since 2009. Bob is the most dedicated, conscientious volunteer any organization could ask for – he even comes into the office on snow days and holidays when the office is closed!

Bob has applied his problem-solving and analytical abilities to many tasks such as organizing the chapter library, making it easier for the public to access ; creating, editing, and printing a manual of local resources, which is distributed to more than 600 families annually throughout southeastern Virginia; and collecting constituent data and entering it in various databases and spreadsheets. An amateur photographer, Bob has ably recorded many chapter events and milestones.

But Bob is much more to our chapter than the sum of his technical skills. Bob’s wife Mary died of Alzheimer’s, which gives him the personal experience, compassion, and insight to provide wisdom to families dealing with the disease; he facilitates two monthly caregiver support groups and has told his story in person and on video to assist others navigating the same journey. Bob has taken an active part in the Walk to End Alzheimer’s for the past ten years, walking in memory of his wife and helping to raise funds to support research and programs.

Bob’s intelligence, kindness, and quick wit make him a valued part of our chapter family. He is a welcome part of chapter events and social occasions, and he is someone to whom staff members turn for support and counsel. Bob Fanning is a powerful role model for active, productive, engaged aging, and we are the richer for having him in our organization. We are so glad that he is being recognized and rewarded for his extraordinary dedication and service.
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If you would like to join in the celebration at the 41st Annual Hampton Roads VOLUNTEER Achievement Awards – Purchase Tickets Here

Wednesday April 13, 2016 at The Founders Inn & Spa
5:30 p.m. Cocktail reception, cash bar • 6:30 p.m. Awards ceremony and dinner
Tickets $50.00

Motorcycle Clubs: Fundraising for The Longest Day

22 Mar

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Are you a motorcycle enthusiast? If so, you’re the perfect fit for The Longest Day! You’re already involved in giving back to your community in so many ways. Turn your favorite activity into helping to raise awareness and funds for the care, support and research in Alzheimer’s. Here are just a few ideas.

  • SELL YOUR SPOKES Sell each of your spokes for $20, then tie a purple ribbon on each purchased spoke and include the name of the friend or family member that your donor would like to honor or support.
  • BARK AND BIKE WASH In between rides, have a bike and bark washing station. Offer bike, car and dog washes for a donation.
  • POKER RUN Host a Poker Run with proceeds going to your Longest Day Team. Consider a reasonable registration donation, Chinese raffles, 50/50 split, etc.
  • HAIR SHAVING/GROWING This can apply to heads of hair, mustaches, beards and goatees and can be done in various ways. For example, if you raise XX dollars, you have to shave your head, mustache, etc.; or, if you raise XX dollars you can’t shave or cut your hair for a month.You could also ask participants to dye their hair purple instead of shaving or growing.
  • DOLLARS FOR MILES Ask for donations based on the number of miles you ride. Ex: $5, $10, $15, or more per mile.

Whatever you choose to do, gather your friends, family and supporters at sunset to celebrate your accomplishments and to honor those living with the challenges of Alzheimer’s every day.

Join or Register a team now!

ABOUT THE LONGEST DAY
The Longest Day is a team event to raise funds and awareness for the Alzheimer’s Association®. Held annually on the summer solstice, the duration of this sunrise-to-sunset event symbolizes the challenging journey of those living with the disease and their caregivers. Teams are encouraged to create their own experience as they fundraise and participate in an activity they love to honor someone facing the disease.

Bridge players and The Longest Day

15 Mar

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Bridge players receive master points for participating in The Longest Day

use ACBL code for FREE registration

Here are just a few ideas for The Longest Day fundraising

  • RAFFLE OFF A YEAR’S WORTH OF BRIDGE You decide the cost and parameters of the raffle but it is suggested that tickets cost five to ten times your average card fees. For example, a club with average card fess of $7 might sell raffle tickets for $50. The winner of the raffle will earn as many free plays as you see fit.
  • AUCTION OFF POPULAR PLAYERS Every club has its star players. Ask Grand Life Masters who play at your club to donate their time and talent for a good cause. Partner auctions are also a great addition to any silent auction. Make sure the player being auctioned understands they will work out adate/time to play with the auction winner after The Longest Day.
  • FIND A SPONSOR Many businesses have funds allocated for charitable giving. Solicit local businesses for sponsorships or donations to match what your team raises. Think BIG – $2,000, $5,000 or event $10,000! For some players, knowing that their donations will be doubled by a sponsor will encourage them to give to the cause. Be sure to recognize any corporate sponsors in press releases and signage at the event.
  • SEE SOCIAL TABLES Designate five to ten (or more!) tables for social/rubber/party bridge play. Suggested cost per table is $50 and would ideally include three hours of free play, snacks and beverages.

Teams across the world will do what they love to raise funds and awareness for those living with Alzheimer’s. What will you do?

Join or Register a team now!


 

ABOUT THE LONGEST DAY
The Longest Day is a team event to raise funds and awareness for the Alzheimer’s Association®. Held annually on the summer solstice, the duration of this sunrise-to-sunset event symbolizes the challenging journey of those living with the disease and their caregivers. Teams are encouraged to create their own experience as they fundraise and participate in an activity they love to honor someone facing the disease.

The Longest Day: Yoga

8 Mar

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Yoga and The Longest Day

If you’re a yoga enthusiast, you already have the perfect activity for The Longest Day. Here are a few ideas to consider for building on the tie between yoga and The Longest Day.

  • In celebration of the summer solstice, ask people to sponsor each Sun Salutation you do on The Longest Day.
  • Ask your yoga studio to support you/your team with a donation.
  • Ask your yoga studio/power yoga class/gym to host classes every hour on The Longest Day, with proceeds donated to your team.
  • Get yoga items donated and auction them off. Some examples are yoga mats, towels, mat bags, straps, blocks, books, meditation/relaxation CD’s, and yoga clothing.
  • Ask your yoga studio to bring in a well-known instructor for a special class for donations.
  • Host a “Yoga in the Park” or “Yoga at the Beach” day for drop-in donations.
  • Ask your workplace if you can host yoga/meditation sessions for co-workers in exchange for donations.
  • Sell prayer flags to fellow yogis to honor someone affected by Alzheimer’s.
  • Host a day-long yoga retreat for donations.
  • Host a henna tattoo party.
  • Let friends pick a specific pose for you to practice and ask them to sponsor you for that pose.
  • Sell candles for donations that can be used at meditation sessions.

So, let’s get started! Register your yoga team at www.alz.org/tld and hold your activity any time between now and June 20th. You choose the day! You choose the yoga activity!

Whatever you choose to do, be sure to take pictures and post them on your Participant Center and all of your social media outlets. Also, please send them to sshields@alz.org so that we can post them on our Chapter’s website and Facebook page.

REGISTER NOW $15 until March 9


ABOUT THE LONGEST DAY
The Longest Day is a team event to raise funds and awareness for the Alzheimer’s Association®. Held annually on the summer solstice, the duration of this sunrise-to-sunset event symbolizes the challenging journey of those living with the disease and their caregivers. Teams are encouraged to create their own experience as they fundraise and participate in an activity they love to honor someone facing the disease.

Alzheimer’s Association mourns death of former first lady and alzheimer’s disease champion

7 Mar

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CHICAGO, March 6, 2016 – The Alzheimer’s Association was saddened to learn of the passing of former First Lady and Alzheimer’s advocate, Nancy Reagan. Mrs. Reagan was a long-standing honorary member of the Alzheimer’s Association National Board of Directors, and her involvement in the cause inspired the Alzheimer’s community of families, caregivers and researchers.

In 1994, U.S. President Ronald Reagan shared that he had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, with an open letter to the American people writing, “In opening our hearts, we hope this might promote greater awareness of this condition. Perhaps it will encourage a clearer understanding of the individuals and families who are affected by it.” Following this brave announcement of the diagnosis, Mrs. Reagan used her voice to represent families and increase awareness for Alzheimer’s disease.

“The Alzheimer’s Association mourns the loss of First Lady Nancy Reagan. Mrs. Reagan and President Reagan bravely shared his diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease with the world in 1994. This was at a time when Alzheimer’s disease was truly in the shadows and together they began to change the conversation about Alzheimer’s disease for millions,” said Harry Johns, president and CEO, Alzheimer’s Association. “The public disclosure of their Alzheimer’s experience created an enormous, and much needed upsurge of interest in the disease from the general public and government officials. It was our honor to work with Mrs. Reagan over the years to raise awareness and inspire progress in Alzheimer’s research.”

The Alzheimer’s Association offers sincere condolences to the Reagan family. We do not take for granted the amazing influence Mrs. Reagan had as an advocate for the Alzheimer’s cause, and we will continue to aggressively pursue greater awareness, support for families and research that will slow, stop and ultimately cure Alzheimer’s disease.

About the Alzheimer’s Association
The Alzheimer’s Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support and research. It is the largest nonprofit funder of Alzheimer’s research. The Association’s 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. Its vision is a world without Alzheimer’s. Visit alz.org or call 800.272.3900.

The Longest Day: calling all hikers

1 Mar

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Hiking is a great team activity for The Longest Day. If you’re a hiker, you know the exhilaration of conquering a challenging climb as well as the physical and emotional effort it takes to conquer that mountain. The effort it takes for you to conquer the mountain closely mirrors the challenges people living with Alzheimer’s disease face every day.

Here are some ideas to consider for your sunrise to sunset hiking event:

  • Single Mountain Event

Teams climb a favorite local mountain. Start at sunrise and round out the day at sunset to celebrate with family and friends!

  • Endurance Challenge

Challenge yourself to complete an epic local hike, climb a full mountain range or to summit a favorite mountain multiple times in the same day.

  • Big Collective Climb

Several teams collectively climb all the mountains in an area. Get a full list of mountains, start recruiting and invite teams to choose their peak to climb.

FUNDRAISING IDEAS

  • Sell Your Shirt
  1. Write the name of your donor, friend, or family member affected by Alzheimer’s on your shirt. Wear that shirt on your hike so that you’re carrying everyone’s spirit with you as you go.
  2. Laminate a piece of paper with donor names and pin it to your back or jacket, depending on weather.
  3. Carry a photo of a donor’s friend or family member to the summit and pause for a photo at the top.
  • Match The Hours/Miles/Elevation

Find a connection between fundraising and your climb that can work to your advantage. For example, if your hike will be 13 hours, 7.2 miles and 2,500 feet, ask for donations of $13, $72 or $250. Remind your donors that they can feel free to add as many zeroes as they’d like!

  • Support A Summit

Reach out to local businesses and ask them to support your team with a donation. If a company gives $500 or more, carry a banner with their logo and pause for a team photo at the summit.

  • Host A Fundraiser

Before your event, host a BBQ, silent auction, benefit, concert, or sports tournament. Ask for a donation at the door and/or sell raffle tickets for gift certificates and prizes from local companies.

  • Social Media

Regularly share your fundraising progress on social media. Post photos and use hashtags #TheLongestDay and #ENDALZ! Drive everyone to your page to make a donation and thank your donors publicly with special shout-outs.

REGISTER NOW $15 until March 7


ABOUT THE LONGEST DAY
The Longest Day is a team event to raise funds and awareness for the Alzheimer’s Association®. Held annually on the summer solstice, the duration of this sunrise-to-sunset event symbolizes the challenging journey of those living with the disease and their caregivers. Teams are encouraged to create their own experience as they fundraise and participate in an activity they love to honor someone facing the disease.