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Purple Brew Passport

12 Jun

image2.jpegThe Purple Brew Passport is a Hampton Roads community effort to support the fight against Alzheimer’s disease, with 15 area breweries and a cidery joining forces throughout the month of June to collectively raise awareness and help put an end to Alzheimer’s.

Order the Alzheimer’s ‘special brew’ at each participating brew partner and $1 from each pour will go directly to support the mission of the Alzheimer’s Association. Get your passport signed at each of the participating breweries/cidery and register to win one of three baskets filled with gift certificates and swag from all of the brew partners. Register for the party & swag drawing at


Chesapeake: Big Ugly Brewing

Norfolk: Bearded Bird Brewing; Coelacanth Brewing Company; O’Connor Brewing Company; Smartmouth Brewing Company; Bold Mariner Brewing Company

Portsmouth: Legend Brewing Depot; MoMac Brewing Company

Suffolk: Brick + Mortar Brewing Company

Virginia Beach: Pleasure House Brewing; Smartmouth Brewing Pilot House; Wasserhund Brewing Company


Hampton: Sly Clyde Ciderworks; The Oozlefinch Craft Brewery

Newport News: Tradition Brewing Company

Williamsburg: Alewerks Brewing Company; Billsburg Brewery

Join Us at Big Ugly Brewing on July 20, 2019, as we celebrate each of our 16 partners and their efforts to raise funds and awareness to fight Alzheimer’s disease. Bring your family and friends to enjoy a few hours of fun, entertainment and, of course, beer for a cause!

Special thanks to Kimberly Denton (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Town Realty) and Denton Realty Company for sponsoring the printing of the Purple Brew Passport!

Support the BOLD Infrastructure for Alzheimer’s Act

13 Nov

Today, we rally together in support of the BOLD Infrastructure for Alzheimer’s Act (S. 2076/H.R. 4256)! We need your voice to help urge Congress to support this important legislation that would improve the quality of life for all Americans facing this devastating disease.

There are 5.7 million Americans living with Alzheimer’s and 16.1 million who provide care. The BOLD Infrastructure for Alzheimer’s Act would facilitate translational, cutting-edge research, like recent findings from the SPRINT MIND study, into public health interventions through the CDC’s traditional public health strategies.

Join us in calling on Congress to support the BOLD Infrastructure for Alzheimer’s Act (S. 2076/H.R. 4256) to address Alzheimer’s as an urgent public health issue. For more information, visit:


Community Forum: Tabb Library

7 Nov

Tuesday, November 27, 2018, from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Tabb Library (100 Long Green Blvd., Yorktown) SEVA will host a Community Forum to give attendees an opportunity to learn more about Alzheimer’s, dementia and memory loss. Most importantly, the forum will also give SEVA staff the chance to learn how we can help provide support in the York County area.

Light refreshments will be served, and registration is requested. To register, visit Community Resource Finder or call 800.272.3900.

Why I Walk with Theresa Sawyer

3 Oct

Why I Walk with Theresa Sawyer, Team captain of Edward Jones-Forget- Me- Nots Virginia Beach

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I’m leading the way to Alzheimer’s first survivor by participating in the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s®. I witnessed the effects this disease had on my grandfather and all his family as he suffered from Alzheimer’s.  It is not an easy ordeal for anyone involved. Currently, more than 5 million Americans have Alzheimer’s and that number is expected to grow to as many as 16 million by 2050. Our future is at risk unless we can find a way to change the course of this disease.

I am so proud of my company, EDWARD JONES, in becoming the national sponsor for the Alzheimer’s Association.  I am honored to join my fellow associates and community members in these walks around our country.  I will be walking for my grandfather, Jimmy Owens, and all the others I know that have faced this disease.

I hope you will join us at!


Why I Walk with Gino Colombara

19 Sep

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I am Gino Colombara and I have had the honor to be the Executive Director of the Alzheimer’s Association Southeastern Virginia Chapter for the past 23 years. I walk each year for a very personal reason.

My journey with Alzheimer’s started over 30 years ago. It began with my father, John Colombara. While I was in the Navy stationed in Italy, he was living in Florida. I would call him every Sunday. One Sunday, he did not answer the phone. The same held true for Monday. I contacted the apartment manager to check on him. Apparently, neighbors saw my father leave with two suitcases in hand.

My father, who spent most of his adult life in New York, decided to head back home. He traveled by bus and train. He was missing for two months. I had a detective looking for him. This was the worst time of my life.

My father reached New York where he got mugged. He was brought to Bellevue Hospital without any identification. My father did not provide his real name and did not share that he had any family.

So how did I find him? He got on a pay phone in the hospital and called his bank in New York to get his pension check. I had contacted the bank earlier to request that if he should call to please contact the Red Cross.

At 2:00 one morning, military security officers came to my home in Italy and shared that my father was found. I immediately called him at the hospital. When I spoke with him, it was like nothing ever happened. By 8:00 that morning, I was on a flight to New York. And so began my Alzheimer’s journey in 1986. And so began my advocacy to make a difference.

Initially, my Alzheimer’s journey was extremely lonely. There was not much awareness of Alzheimer’s at that time. In fact, my father did not get a formal diagnosis of Alzheimer’s until 1989. My father passed away in 1993.

The tide has certainly changed since then. I feel proud to be part of that changing tide.

30 years ago…I could not imagine a day when everyone who needs care and support gets it as a result of our work…Today I can.

30 years ago…I could not imagine a day when research is funded at the proper level… Today I can.

30 years ago…I could not imagine a day when stigma would be eliminated… Today I can.

And 30 years ago, I could not imagine the day when everyone survives – the day our vision is realized. Today I can.

The Walk to End Alzheimer’s is one of the ways I pay tribute to my father. I hope you will join me at one of our walks. I look forward to seeing you!

Gino Colombara, Executive Director
Alzheimer’s Association – Southeastern Virginia Chapter

Join Gino at!

Why I Walk with Mary Stemann

25 Jul

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Mary Stemann remembers when she knew something was different with her husband Robert…She started winning arguments! In time he got more and more confused.  They went to their family doctor and were told that nothing was wrong. This happened more than once. By the summer of 2015, he was having seizures and had become more and more withdrawn. A visit to a neurologist confirmed Alzheimer’s disease. Robert died in 2017, his last months spent in a memory care facility. In looking back, Mary wishes she and her husband had known about the Alzheimer’s Association and their services. She walks so those families and people with Alzheimer’s can realize that they are not alone and information and support are available. She walks in memory of her husband Robert and to raise awareness for these services and to find a cure.

Sign up today at

Why I Walk with Mary Lou Jacinto

29 Nov

Carol Jacinto

My mom was first diagnosed with Frontotemporal Dementia in June 2012. At her last appointment about a month ago her diagnosis changed to stage 6 or moderately severe/mid-stage Alzheimer’s disease. Watching my mom fade away a little more each day is not only heartbreaking for me, it’s terrifying for her. What I want the most for her is that she enjoys her life and does the things that make her happy. Dancing is one of her favorite things. Her favorite dance the Wobble inspired my team’s name the Wobbling CAROLers. I want to do all I can to raise awareness about Alzheimer’s so that hopefully my own daughters aren’t one day sitting in the doctor’s office hearing the same news about me.

Mary Lou Jacinto
Team Captain of Wobbling CAROLers– Caregiver for her mother Carol
Coastal Virginia Walk