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Volunteer Spotlight: Micah Hunt

24 May

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MicahMicah first got involved with the Alzheimer’s Association in 2013 when he worked for Eagle Medical Transports, a proud sponsor of the Walk to End Alzheimer’s®.  As Micah learned more about the Association and its mission, his involvement and commitment increased.  Since 2013, Micah has been very engaged in the Walk as team captain and achieved Champion fundraiser status in 2014 (raising over $500) and 2016 (raising over $4,000).  In 2015, Micah was appointed to the Chapter’s Board of Directors, and in 2016 he volunteered to be an Advocacy Ambassador for the Association.  Over the past five years, Micah has done tremendous work raising awareness and funds for the Association.  Micah spends a lot of time out in the community and can frequently be seen dressed in purple, wearing his Alzheimer’s Association lapel pin.  Micah is also a social media guru and his frequent posts to Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter have boosted the visibility of the Alzheimer’s Association considerably.  Thank you, Micah for making a difference every day and for your commitment to realizing a world without Alzheimer’s.

 

Volunteer Spotlight: Jane Farthing & Cathy Hildebrand

15 Mar

Every year since 2014 Jane Farthing and Cathy Hildebrand, of Williamsburg, work tirelessly to organize ACBL (American Contract Bridge League) tournaments to raise funds and awareness for The Longest Day campaign. Through their combined efforts, they have raised over $19,000.00!

Jane is a member of the Williamsburg, Unit 110 League while Cathy is with the Hampton Roads Bridge league. Each June, they hold their individual league events on the same day and end the day by combining both leagues for one huge tournament.

Both Jane and Cathy represent the dedication and passion that is helping to move The Longest Day campaign forward and that will lead us to, one day, live in a world without Alzheimer’s.


ABOUT THE LONGEST DAY
The Longest Day is all about love. Love for all those affected by Alzheimer’s disease. On the summer solstice, team up with the Alzheimer’s Association and select any activity you love — or an activity loved by those affected — to help end Alzheimer’s. Together, we will raise funds and awareness for care and support while advancing research toward the first survivor of Alzheimer’s.

Register now and start your team

Volunteer Spotlight: Joyce Tribble

27 Feb

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Joyce Tribble walked into the Norfolk office one day in 2011 and asked if we ever needed volunteers in the office. Joyce’s husband, Sonny, had Alzheimer’s and had died a little more than a year before she came in. Joyce soon became a dependable weekly volunteer at the front desk, answering the phone, filing, putting together mailings, and performing other clerical duties with good humor and care. When she started volunteering with the Association, Joyce didn’t own any purple clothing or jewelry. Soon, however, she began adding pieces to her wardrobe, and whenever she volunteered she would wear one of her purple tops or some of her purple rings and bracelets. Joyce had worked as a bookkeeper for years, and she loved counting money, so she volunteered every year to help count money in the office after the largest Walk to End Alzheimer’s events. A member of the Sherry’s Strutters team for the Virginia Beach Walk for three years, Joyce actively participated in fundraising activities, including selling car raffle tickets, and she proudly wore the Walk t-shirts that she earned.

When Joyce was diagnosed with cancer in late 2015, she took a short break from volunteering, but she returned in 2016 and adjusted her volunteer schedule to accommodate her treatments. Sadly, Joyce became too ill to volunteer in November, and she died on December 21, 2016 at age 79. Joyce is greatly missed by all of us at the Southeastern Virginia chapter, and we will long remember the joy and love she brought to our office.

 

Volunteer Spotlight – Allen Perry

21 Nov

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Allen has dedicated the past 10 years to building the Virginia Beach Project Lifesaver Program. This is the largest program of its kind in the nation, having grown from serving 30 clients to over 340 clients today.

In the early stages of the program, Allen worked with our Chapter’s Programs Department training police officers and volunteer coordinators working in the field to recognize the signs of Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. As the program grew, he and other officers began utilizing the memory fax referral program to educate families about our Chapter’s resources. That continues to this day.

When Project Lifesaver representatives are working at community events, they display our Chapter’s brochures and resource information. And, Allen has attended numerous Walks to End Alzheimer’s, Parrot Head Beach Ball Charity events, as well as our Reason to Hope breakfasts.

Most recently, Allen has been transferred from the Project Lifesaver Program to working within the Virginia Beach Crime Prevention Unit on other safety issues. While he is no longer the primary point of contact for the program, Allen continues to train recruits at the police academy about Alzheimer’s and dementia. His is a true advocate for our cause.

Thank you, Allen for your many years of service and dedication to those individuals and families in our community who are living with the challenges of Alzheimer’s every day.

Volunteer Spotlight: Theresa Davis

14 Oct

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Theresa has a long history with the Association – over 25 years.  She was one of the Chapter’s first executive directors, advocating and providing support for those with Alzheimer’s disease and their caregivers during the infancy of Alzheimer’s awareness.  When she decided to pursue a different career path in the health profession, she continued to be a dedicated volunteer, fundraiser, and champion for those we serve.  In fact, Theresa was recognized in 2004 as an Outstanding Volunteer.  For over the past 16 years, she has dedicated her time to being a support group co-facilitator in Norfolk, helping families cope with the daily challenges of the disease.  Her commitment to the mission of the Association is ever evident and steadfast.

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Volunteer Spotlight – Brian Rogala

15 Sep

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Brian Rogala started volunteering with the Alzheimer’s Association several years ago when his mother, Astrid, was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.  For the past three years, Brian has served on the Peninsula Walk Planning Committee, and while his organizational skills are much appreciated, Brian’s true gift is the joy that he brings to all who encounter him. Brian is consistently positive, upbeat, and willing to lend a hand to do whatever is needed to get the job done. Whether it’s hauling around tables and chairs, storing Walk supplies in his garage, organizing Walk Day volunteers, or energizing the Walk Committee, Brian does it all selflessly and with great passion for the cause.

Thank you Brian for leading the way in our vision of a world without Alzheimer’s.