Leslie Ann Crozier Ramps Up Her Mission To Raise Funds And Awareness For Greater Alzheimer’s Research With Stellar Experts And Fundraiser

If the Dallas Cowboys’ Jerry Jones is serious about winning a Super Bowl, he needs to recruit Leslie Ann Crozier, founder of the It’s Their Time foundation. The only problem is that Leslie Ann’s red zone-to-end-zone drill is already committed to a bigger game.

That focus was clearly obvious at the Dallas Country Club on Tuesday, January 23, for the kickoff of an upcoming foundation event called “From Red Zone to End Zone.” The invitation-only reception attracted a heady crowd of about 125, including early arrivals Annette Simmons and Jerry Fronterhouse, who had to check out due to another event. Gee, who could blame ’em. After all, Sally Hoglund was hosting a get-together in the Founder’s Room at DCC for Kouy Novice, wife of new Dallas Summer Musicals President Ken Novice. And across town, Lisa and Clay Cooley’s mansion had Roger Staubach recalling the wonderfulness of the late Ruth Sharp Altshuler.

And there are still those who swear nothing happens in January!

Lee Bailey and Doris Jacobs

Stan and Barbara Levenson

Pete and Jackie Delkus and Mark Goldberg

Gloria Snead and Jimmy Westcott

Gail and Richard Sachson

Ken Cooper

But back to Leslie Ann’s gathering and her mission, which is conquering Alzheimer’s disease. Among her early supporters on hand were Lee Bailey, Barbara and Stan Levenson, Jackie and Pete Delkus, Dr. Mark Goldberg, Carol Seay, Jimmy Westcott with gal pal Gloria Snead (Jimmy will be part of the upcoming Gloria-Juan Ernesto Snead‘s anniversary), Rhonda and Fraser Marcus, Debra Nelson, Jill Smith, Dan Owen, Sunie Solomon, Millie and Dr. Ken Cooper, Ramona Jones, Doris Jacobs, April Bosworth, Dawn Mickey, Laura and Dennis Moon, and Connie and Denny Carreker.

Rhonda and Fraser Marcus

April Bosworth and Dawn Mickey

Connie and Denny Carreker

Katherine Wynne and Sunie Solomon

Denny was ramping up for his turf battle with Park Cities types on Monday, January 29. When asked about the situation, Denny didn’t hesitate — he was ready to take it on.

While Leslie Ann seemed overwhelmed at the turnout, she didn’t let it slow down her mission to raise awareness and funding for Alzheimer’s research. Unlike other Alzheimer’s programs, Leslie Ann’s was laser-sharp in that her foundation is totally focused on research to solve the deadly disease that

  • is the sixth-leading cause of death in America.
  • And, the number of Americans with Alzheimer’s is projected to rise 55%  by 2030.

In other words, this disease is a baby boomer’s tsunami.

What was driving Stanford grad/SMU MBA grad Leslie was the journey that she and her family had undertaken as her mother was swallowed up by the disease.

Leslie Ann Crozier, Dale Bredesen and Billie Leigh Rippey

Before revealing details about the 2018 fundraiser by Event Chair Katherine Wynne, Leslie Ann presented a stellar gathering of brainiacs front and center. Among them were UT Southwestern Medical School NIH-funded Alzheimer’s Disease Center Director Dr. Roger Rosenberg, Dr. Kenneth Cooper, and the evening’s speaker Dr. Dale Bredesen. Said Leslie breathlessly, before introducing Bredesen, “Man, it’s a powerful group!”

While Dale’s talk at times was a bit over the heads of some in the SRO crowd, the message was clear: Alzheimer’s does not have to be a death sentence. In fact, thanks to a test of Dale’s research-based protocol, which rebalances metabolic factors by adjusting such lifestyle factors as stress, sleep quality and diet, Alzheimer’s disease and cognitive decline are being prevented and in some cases reversed.

Many in the audience knew all too well the devastation of the disease. They had either had a family member suffer from it, or they themselves were embarking on the journey. But Dale calmed their fears, reporting that in his study of 2,000 patients, dramatic improvements were taking place.

Following Dale’s talk, Leslie Ann and Katherine revealed that the foundation would be holding a forum/dinner on Monday, May 7, at the Bush Institute to raise funds and awareness in support of Alzheimer’s victims. The “From Red Zone to End Zone” event will feature a panel discussion with Rosenberg and Rudolph Tanzi, the Joseph P. and Rose F. Kennedy Professor of Neurology at Harvard University. The discussion will be moderated by Dr. Michael Hayden, Killam Professor of Medical Genetics at the University of British Columbia.

Like a tease, Leslie Ann concluded by admitting that changes are afoot for It’s Their Time, including a name change for the foundation. But, alas, the lawyers were going through the picky problems of trademarks and had barred her from revealing the group’s new moniker.

Aware Affair Co-Chairs Jolie Humphrey And Josey Kennington Held The Launch Party In A Hideaway At The Statler

Leading up to the Aware Affair on Friday, April 13, at The Statler, Co-Chairs Jolie Humphrey and Josey Kennington are setting quite a standard. Just for their launch party on Monday, December 4, they commandeered The Statler’s Bourbon And Banter and recommended that the guests wear appropriate for the heyday of the speakeasy era. And along with Aware President Venise Stuart, they announced tidbits about the Aware fundraiser including the honorees. But more about that later. Here’s a report from the field:

1957 Chevrolet Bel Air*

As guests arrived on Monday, December 4, at The Statler for the Launch Party for Aware Affair Celebrate the Moments – A Modern American Celebration – they were greeted by two modern American icons:  A 1946 Lincoln and a 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air, all decked out for the soirée in accordance with the dress code Speakeasy Chic Attire. 

An intriguing setting, Bourbon And Banter is accessed by going through a small series of hallways, down some stairs and a few more stairs, passing through a glass door where a code had to be called in from, guess what, a very chic telephone booth. As the heavily paneled wooden door slowly slides open, oohs -and-aahs were heard throughout the crowd. Welcome to the party! 

Jolie and Bart Humphrey*

Craig and Josey Kennington*

“This setting is the perfect choice for our launch party,” said Aware Affair Co-Chair Jolie Humphrey. “Just look at the outfits! Everyone got in the mood.”

Jolie and Aware Affair Co-Chair Josey Kennington were chatting up the 75+ supporters and member of the host committee including Honorary Co-Chairs Kim McDavid, dressed in sequins and sparkles and her husband, David McDavid, Jr., who was dressed to the nines in 1930s-inspired wide pin-striped slacks, white shirt and tie with suspenders and topped with a fedora.  

Kim and David McDavid Jr.*

Barbara Bigham and Venise Stuart*

Addressing the group, Aware President Venise Stuart thanked everyone and gave a brief history of Aware’s history, which began in 1989 when five very involved and powerful Dallas women — Ruth Sharp Altshuler, Cyndy Hudgins, Nancy Nelson, Evelyn Ponder, Billie Leigh Rippey and Anita Sampels –founded the organization in support of their good friend who was suffering from Alzheimer’s. These ladies asked their friends to help begin Aware and at least 100 women stepped up to become Charter Members, many of whom were in attendance this evening.  

John Turner, Billie Leigh Rippey and Ramona Jones*

In the almost 30 years since Aware has been in existence, more than $12.5 million have been raised. This money has been given back to the community in the form of support for education, research, and caregiving using a thorough grant review process under the administration of The Dallas Foundation. The process includes financial analysis and on-site visits to applying organizations.

Venise then announced the two honorees.

  • BvB Dallas is a Dallas-based charity organization that hosts a powder-puff football game and other fundraisers as a way of raising money for Alzheimer’s Disease research and awareness. Founded locally by a group of young women driven to find a cure for Alzheimer’s, BvB Dallas is a personal way for young professionals across DFW to raise awareness, funds and support to tackle Alzheimer’s forever. Raising more than $3.5 million and recruiting over 1,000 volunteers for the cause, BvB Dallas has made a huge impact in the Metroplex over the past 10 years.  
  • The Chantilis Family, in honor of their mother, Frances Chantilis. Frances was one of the original charter members of Aware. Frances was a kind, gentle, woman, who gave to everyone in the community. Unfortunately, Frances lost her own battle of Alzheimer’s in 2013.

In Frances’ memory, her children, Sam Chantilis, M.D. and Stephanie Bray and her husband Bennie Bray have continued to support the Aware mission. In 2015 Stephanie and Bennie served as the 2015 Aware Affair co-chairs. 

Jolie and Josey also thanked media sponsors PaperCity Magazine, The Park Cities News/The Waters Family, MySweetCharity and Downtown Business News, along with in-kind sponsors to date: Matthew Shelley Photography, Glass Vodka, Roxor Gin, JR Ewing Bourbon, Lakewood Brewing Co. and Pratiksha Jewelry, which donated a most beautiful set of a diamond necklace and earrings co-designed by Kim McDavid.  Topping off the sweet evening were chocolates from Chocolate Secrets as favors.  

The event will be held on Friday, April 13, at The Statler, the newly-renovated, historic hotel. The original Statler Hilton, an iconic building of mid-twentieth century design, was heralded as the first and finest hotel of the modern era and established Dallas as the business and entertainment center of the Southwest. 

The newly renovated hotel is the perfect setting for Aware’s new event format designed to entice party-goers of all ages: a cocktail reception, dancing to favorite tunes spanning the decades, silent auction with select wonderful finds for everyone, and a spirited live auction with WFAA’s Ron Corning as emcee. 

The three-course, seated dinner will showcase gourmet selections by Director of Culinary Events Justo Blanco, formerly executive chef and director of operations at Bolsa Mercado.   

For underwriting and sponsorship opportunities contact Sharon Walker at [email protected] or 214.369.2459, or visit the website at AWAREDallas.org .

2018 AWARE Grant Recipients are: 

  • Baylor Health Care System Foundation – Support for the salary of a Ph.D. Neuropsychology Intern for Baylor ATandT Memory Center.
  • Center for BrainHealth – Discovery Group – Support for the Discovery Group, a program designed to help individuals and families affected by Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias focus on preserving abilities and tapping strengths to promote meaningful engagement and slow the progression of the disease. 
  • Dallas Museum of Art – Memory Moments – Support for teaching honorariums, supplies, and staffing for Memory Moments, a program designed to provide participants with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias ways to engage in art that are revitalizing and gratifying.
  • Jewish Family Service – Support for the salary of a Clinical Social Worker to provide independent living services to adults with Alzheimer’s and related dementias and their families/caregivers. 
  • Juliette Fowler Communities – Support for group and individual therapy sessions with a Certified Music Therapist for memory care residents, and to help purchase additional instruments and therapeutic tools.
  • NorthPark Presbyterian Church – Casa de Vida – Support the Casa de Vida program, which gives relief to families/caregivers by providing one-on-one care to individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias at the church for programs involving art, music, games, and lunch one day per week from 9:30 until 1:30.
  • Texas Winds Musical Outreach – Support for two concerts by professional musicians in 87 nursing homes and adult daycare facilities that serve individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias.
  • Presbyterian Communities and Services Foundation – Broad Strokes – Support for the Broad Strokes program at Grace Presbyterian Village that provides music and art therapy to residents with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias.
  • The Senior Source – Senior Companions – Support for the Senior Companion Program matching volunteers with individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias and their families needing assistance with meals, light housekeeping, and companionship.
  • UT Southwestern Medical Center – Support to advance Dr. Roger Rosenberg’s research and clinical trials on a DNA Vaccine to clear amyloid plaques in the brain to prevent or slow the progression of Alzheimer’s disease.
  • The Myrna D. Schlegel Aware Scholarship Fund – Recipients are Nora Drutz-Rogney of Baylor University and Lindsay Ross of Texas Christian University.
    The Dallas Foundation, a 501(c)(3) publicly supported charity, is the fiscal sponsor of Aware. For more information please visit the website at Aware.or
*Photo credit: Matthew Shelley

MySweet2018Goals: Donna Arp Weitzman And Herb Weitzman

Donna Arp Weitzman and Herb Weitzman (File photo)

According to Donna Arp Weitzman and Herb Weitzman,

“Herb and I have competing goals: 

“First, he wants to gain weight (how disgusting). I have wanted to lose 7 pounds for now 31 years.   

“Our second goal is to promote more awareness and raise more money for our charitable organizations. We are national fundraising chairs for the MD Anderson Neurodegeneration Initiative. It is a coordinated effort between MD Anderson, MIT and Baylor. They are partnering to find a cure for Alzheimer’s disease.”

MySweetWishList: The Senior Source

According to The Senior Source President and CEO Cortney M. Nicolato,

“As 2017 comes to an end and the holiday season is upon us, we take time to reflect upon our many blessings and the true meaning of the holidays.  Family, friends and togetherness are in the forefront of our minds.  For many seniors in our community, being together with those they love most is easier said than done.

Katy and husband*For example, Katy and her husband, have been married for 54 years. Now, they’re facing the challenges of their older years—together.  Shortly before she was diagnosed with dementia, Katy recognized her memory was slipping. Concerned, she asked her husband, ‘What will I do? How will I remember?’ ‘Don’t worry,’ he assured her. ‘I will be right there with you, and I will remember for the both of us.’ 

“Every 66 seconds, someone in the United States develops Alzheimer’s. The older adult and their caregiver enter into a journey they never expected. Once diagnosed, older adults will need support and their caregivers will need help in taking care of themselves. Luckily, in Dallas, those older adults have The Senior Source to turn to.

The Senior Source*

“The Senior Source matched Katy with a trained and vetted volunteer who offers companionship and assists with daily living activities. The presence of Katy’s volunteer in their lives means her husband is less likely to neglect his own needs while caring for her, and it means they can stay in their home together. This was what they wanted, just as it is the hope of so many older adults.

“Our wish is that all seniors will have the tools they need to live the lives they deserve.  This is one of the many ways we plan to fill the homes of older adults with hope this holiday season and throughout the year. If you are able, please consider a donation to The Senior Source to ensure we can continue to assist, protect, and connect Dallas area older adults today and into the future.

“Visit www.TheSeniorSource.org to learn more and to check out ways you can make a difference.”

-By Cortney M. Nicolato, The Senior Source president and CEO

* Photo provided by The Senior Source

JUST IN : Hamon Charitable Foundation Creates $10M Endowment For Laura And Jack Roach Center For Translational Research In Alzheimer’s

The late Nancy Hamon was a magnificent example of philanthropy. She lavished funds on various nonprofits from the arts to healthcare. Advising her over the years was attorney Jack Roach. Before she died in July  2011 at the age of 92, she established the Hamon Charitable Foundation to continue her philanthropic legacy. And, of course, Jack was a Foundation officer.

Laura and Jack Roach*

Today it was announced that the Foundation has created a $10M endowment “to support the new Laura and Jack Roach Center for Translational Research in Alzheimer’s Disease” at UT Southwestern. The endowment was establish to “honor the Roaches after Laura [Roach] was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s.”

Thanks to the gift, UT Southwestern will be able research better ways to treat Alzheimer’s and “delay its onset from the laboratory into clinic practice.”

Hamon Charitable Foundation President Kelly Roach explained, “We’re hoping for a cure and that researchers can slow progression of the disease. We believe $10 million will get us a step closer in the right direction. It’s a difficult disease to watch – they call it ‘the long goodbye.’ We hope other families don’t have to experience what we’re experiencing.”

Daniel Podolsky (File photo)

While some consider Alzheimer’s to be an older person’s disease, its effect touches the patient’s family and friends of all ages.  Amazingly, 90% of the developments in diagnosing and treating Alzheimer’s has been made in the past 20 years.

According to UT Southwestern President Daniel Podolsky, “This magnificent gift from the Hamon Charitable Foundation will strengthen the infrastructure for translational research within the Peter O’Donnell Jr. Brain Institute. Already, work at UT Southwestern is leading to promising new therapies for Alzheimer’s disease. A strengthened translational research program will bridge the gap between scientific discovery and clinical care and accelerate progression between today’s medical challenges and tomorrow’s cures.”

Thanks to Nancy Hamon’s philanthropy and her relationship with Jack Roach, her support of her adopted hometown continues.

* Photo provided by UT Southwestern

Jolie Humphrey And Josey Kennington To Co-Chair Aware Affair’s “Celebrate the Moments – A Modern American Evening” At The Statler

Jolie Humphrey and Josey Kennington*

As reported previously, the 2018 Aware Affair will be taking place on Friday, April 13. The details that were still pending were who and where. But those questions have just been answered by Aware President Venise Stuart. She’s just revealed it will take place at the 61-year-old Statler that has gone through a major renovation transforming it into a 21st century multi-use development including a 159-room hotel, 219 residences, restaurants, retailing and entertainment facilities. The fundraiser’s theme is fitting to the revitalized development: “Celebrate the Moments – A Modern American Evening.”

Co-Chairing the event will be Jolie Humphrey and Josey Kennington with Kim and David McDavid Jr., serving as honorary co-chairs. The honorees will be BvB Dallas that just celebrated its 10th anniversary this past August and the memory of Frances B. Chantilis with her family, Cheryl and Dr. Sam Chantilis and Stephanie and Bennie Bray.

Starting off at 6 p.m. with a cocktail reception and silent auction, The Statler Director of Culinary Events Justo Blanco will present a three-course seated dinner following by a live auction.

* Photo credit: Jeremy Lock

Despite Initial Fiscal Confusion, Lee Jarmon Alzheimer’s Pro Am Benefits Aware And Three Other Area Non-Profits With $220,000

There’s been a tad bit of confusion about the funds netted from the Lee Jarmon Alzheimer’s Pro Am held in May at Gleneagles Country Club. Aware President Venise Stuart recently reported that the tournament had provided $20,000 for the group. But upon checking with the Jarmon’s Elisa Stephens, she said that the actual amount for Aware had been $40,000. 

Lee Jarmon Alzheimer’s Pro Am*

So, where was the MIA $20,000? No, Venise hadn’t taken a lavish trip. Rather the two groups have conflicting fiscal years. Jarmon had issued two $20,000 checks with each falling in separate fiscal years for Aware.

According to a statement provided by Aware,

“Venise Stuart, president of AWARE announced today that the AWARE organization received two grants totaling $40,000.00 from the Lee Jarmon Alzheimer’s Pro Am Golf  Tournament and Auction. The first grant of $20,000.00 received in March will be used toward the funding of the 2016-2017 AWARE grant recipients.  The second $20,000.00 grant received this August will be used in the funding of the 2017-18 grant recipients, listed below. The event will be held on April 13, 2018, at the newly renovated The Statler in downtown Dallas.  ALL grant funds received will be dedicated solely to the funding of AWARE’s grant recipients.”

Whew! If you’re confused, call your accountant and s/he’ll explain.

Regardless, the final rundown of checks distributed by the tournament was:

  • $100,000 to Baylor Memory Care Center
  • $60,000 to C.C. Young building fund for their new Memory Care Center
  • $40,000 to Aware
  • $20,000 to the Aging Mind Foundation 

In other words, $220,000 was provided to four nonprofits to fight Alzheimer’s on behalf of the Lee Jarmon Alzheimer’s Pro Am.

* Graphic courtesy of Lee Jarmon Alzheimer's Pro Am

The Inspiration Of A Girl’s Grandparents Lives At The Cotton Bowl To Support The Battle Against Alzheimer’s

It was nearly 20 years ago that a teenager faced a daunting problem — her beloved grandmother, Mimi Schendle, was changing and not for the better. Over the next decade, the teenager watched her family helplessly assist Mimi’s journey into the web of Alzheimer’s. Like most diseases, this one doesn’t just impact the patient alone. It hits each member of the family. In this case, the girl’s grandfather, JosephJoe-Joe” Schendle, compassionately and tirelessly cared for his wife, as their children and grandchildren supported the elderly couple.

When Mimi died in 2008, the now 20-something decided she was going to find a way to provide funding for research to battle the disease that had touched all ages of her family. Being in the marketing business, she decided to undertake a project that would involve others her age. But to do that it had to be something that was fun while also fundraising. She had heard about a powder-puff football game that had raised some money in Washington, D.C., for Alzheimer’s. That seemed like a good idea, but fundraising vets were skeptical of her plan.

Perhaps it was the fact that she hadn’t faced such a major task like that before that she charged ahead with only the goal in her mind. The reality of the logistics hadn’t really set in that first year. Her 14-year-old sister ran the scoreboard and her close buddy Greer Fulton was quarterback for one side. And, of course, the soaring August heat made more than mascara melt. But she was driven by the memory of the previous ten years, and she had friends. Those two ingredients resulted in the first Blondes vs. Brunettes football game in 2008.

Blondes enter the field (File photo)

Brunettes enter the field (File photo)

Over the next ten years, there were changes. The name was changed to BvB Dallas. The location of the game moved all over (Griggs Field, Highland Park High School’s Highlander Stadium, SMU’s Wescott Field, Bishop Lynch’s Roffino Stadium) and finally in 2014 to its present scene at the Cotton Bowl. Some years the Blondes won. Some years the Brunettes did. Through personal experiences, it was also learned that Alzheimer’s was not limited to the elderly.

Ebby Halliday and Dan Branch (File photo)

As some players aged out, others came on board to practice all summer. And the nets changed, too, resulting in the following:

  • 2008 — $65,000
  • 2009 — $151,000
  • 2010 — $207,000
  • 2011 — $260,000
  • 2012 — $340,000
  • 2013 — $351,000
  • 2014 — $441,000
  • 2015 — $491,000
  • 2016 — $564,000

But there were also constants, like the late Ebby Halliday and her real estate empire, Bud Light and The Ticket coming and staying on board. 

And there was the girl, who was now a 33-year-old married lady, who had a full-time job at the Dallas Mavericks as Corporate Communications and Events Director. But she hadn’t ended her involvement in the event that had handed over more than $2.8M for Alzheimer’s programs.

Greer Fulton, Jay Finegold and Erin Finegold (File photo)

On Saturday, August 12, plans call for the game to pass the $3M mark and provide this year’s funds to the Baylor AT&T Memory Center, the Center for BrainHealth, UT Southwestern Medical Center, and the Center for Vital Longevity. And once again, BvB Dallas Founder/Mimi’s and Joe-Joe’s granddaughter Erin Finegold White will be on the sidelines at the Cotton Bowl and on the frontline in the war against Alzheimer’s.

It’s Their Time’s First Fundraiser Paid Off With A Six-Figure Grant For Dr. Roger Rosenberg’s Alzheimer’s Research

Leave it to Leslie Ann Crozier to get her dander up about a problem and do something about it. When Alzheimer’s hit a family members, she did more than  just talk to doctors. She put together a foundation — It’s Their Time — and held a splashy get together  at the Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek on  Tuesday, May 23 with the likes of Dr. Roger Rosenberg and Pete Delkus. And, boy, did it pay off! Here’s a report from the field:

Roger Rosenberg, Leslie Ann Crozier and Pete Delkus*

Established within 116 days ago by founder Leslie Ann Crozier, It’s Their Time held a Kick-Off Celebration on Tuesday, May 23, to a sold-out audience at The Mansion on Turtle Creek. As a result of the event, Dallas’ newest foundation committed to advancing research for Alzheimer’s was able to present a $100,000 grant to award world-renowned Dr. Roger Rosenberg of UT Southwestern Medical Center for his DNA Vaccine. 

Mark Goldberg and Anne Lacey*

Tom Bevins and Clint Henderson*

Jana Hayes, Nancy Solomon, Diane depoi and Barbara Moroney*

“It was a magical evening filled with love, laughter, and lots of support. The generosity of all our May 23rd guests including Tom Bevins, Clint Henderson, Anne Lacey, Melissa and Steve Brooks, Dr. Mark Goldberg, Jana Hayes, Nancy Solomon, Diane Depoi and Barbara Moroney was overwhelming. Being able to award Dr. Rosenberg a $100,000 Grant from the evening proceeds exceeded all of our Committee’s expectations, especially given that the Charity is only a couple of months old,” confirmed Leslie Ann Crozier.

Guests enjoyed a festive cocktail celebration filled with lots of surprises . . . and pictures with Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders.

Dallas’ favorite meteorologist, WFAA Pete Delkus, was the evening’s Master of Ceremonies and was welcomed by “thunderous” applause, as the ballroom filled with sounds of thunder and lightning!  Pete was to leave halfway through the program to get back to the TV station; however, he was having so much fun that he stayed until the Live Auction and rushed to make the 10:00 p.m. ABC News. During the 10:00pm broadcast, Pete shared fun pictures and evening highlights.

When Leslie took the stage and shared five shocking Alzheimer’s statistics with the audience . . . you could have heard a pin drop. One of the most surprising facts was that women in their 60s are twice as likely to develop Alzheimer’s during their life as they are to develop breast cancer.

After a powerful video introduction, the evening’s recipient, Dr. Roger Rosenberg, took the stage to a standing ovation. He unveiled his UT Southwestern Medical Center Press Release, sent out just hours earlier, announcing that his DNA Vaccine “is on a shortlist of promising antibody treatments” that may prevent or cure Alzheimer’s.

Aubree-Anna*

Popular singer songwriter Aubree-Anna sang “Wind Beneath My Wings” and “Over The Rainbow” as tears flowed throughout the ballroom. 

The evening wrapped up with a spectacular Live Auction that included 3 of Leslie’s young 20-something nieces/nephews bidding $8,500 and winning the Lady Gaga Box Suite.  The audience was in shock, as Leslie’s nephew, Collin, took the stage and explained that they really only had $85 . . . however his 90-year-old grandparents, who could not attend, bought the package absentee to support the family and the Charity! 

The It’s Their Time Committee deserves a heroic round of applause, especially Strategic Planning Chair Steve Crozier, Event Chair Carol Hall, Advertising and Public Relations C0-Chairs Barbara and Stan Levenson and Creative Co-Chairs Alison Wood and Paula Feinberg

Evening Sponsors whose contributions helped make the evening an even greater success, include:

  • Champions of Hope ($10,000) — Lee Bailey, Melissa and Stephen Brooks/Grand Homes and Leslie Ann Crozier
  • Advocates for Advanced Research ($5,000) — Chris Bright, Gordy Ceresino, Jana Hayes, Hot On! Homes and Nancy and Gerald Solomon

As the first fundraising chapter comes to a close, It’s Their Time friends and supporters are looking forward to a rewarding journey creating a storybook filled with many more events, and many more memories.

For more information on It’s Their Time or to support It’s Their Time’s ongoing efforts for Advancing Research for Alzheimer’s, visit www.itstheirtime.org.  

* Photo provided by It's Their Time

JUST IN: Returning Aware President Venise Stuart Reveals The Grant Recipients And Board Members For 2017-2018

Venise Stuart (File photo)

Venise Stuart’s dance card is getting full. Not only is she chairing the 2018 Mad Hatter’s Tea for the Women’s Council of the Dallas Arboretum, she is once again going to serve as president for Aware .

Venise just revealed the following ten organizations have been named Aware grant recipients for 2017-2018:

  • Baylor Health Care System Foundation – Support for the salary of a Ph.D. Neuropsychology Intern for Baylor AT&T Memory Center.
  • Center for BrainHealth – Discovery Group – Support for the Discovery Group, a program designed to help individuals and families affected by Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias focus on preserving abilities and tapping strengths to promote meaningful engagement and slow the progression of the disease
  • Dallas Museum of Art – Memory Moments – Support for teaching honorariums, supplies, and staffing for Memory Moments, a program designed to provide participants with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias ways to engage in art that are revitalizing and gratifying.
  • Jewish Family Service – Support for the salary of a Clinical Social Worker to provide independent living services to adults with Alzheimer’s and related dementias and their families/caregivers.
  • Juliette Fowler Communities – Support for group and individual therapy sessions with a Certified Music Therapist for memory care residents, and to help purchase additional instruments and therapeutic tools.
  • NorthPark Presbyterian Church – Casa de Vida – Support the Casa de Vida program, which gives relief to families/caregivers by providing one-on-one care to individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias at the church for programs involving art, music, games, and lunch one day per week from 9:30 until 1:30.
  • Texas Winds Musical Outreach – Support for two concerts by professional musicians in 87 nursing homes and adult daycare facilities that serve individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias.
  • Presbyterian Communities & Services Foundation – Broad Strokes – Support for the Broad Strokes program at Grace Presbyterian Village that provides music and art therapy to residents with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias.
  • The Senior Source – Senior Companions – Support for the Senior Companion Program matching volunteers with individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias and their families needing assistance with meals, light housekeeping, and companionship.
  • UT Southwestern Medical Center – Support to advance Dr. Roger Rosenberg’s research and clinical trials on a DNA Vaccine to clear amyloid plaques in the brain to prevent or slow the progression of Alzheimer’s disease.

The Myrna D. Schlegel Aware Scholarship awardees will be Baylor University’s Nora Drutz-Rogney and TCU’s Lindsay Ross.

Part of the grant funding is achieved from proceeds from the annual Aware Affair. This year’s event — Celebrate the Moments — will take place on Friday the 13th of April with a three-course dinner, silent and live auctions and dancing. Wondering where it’s gonna be held? And who’s chairing the event? Good questions! That information is coming in the weeks ahead.

Joining Venise on the 2017-2018 Aware board will be Carol Stabler, secretary; Sue John, treasurer; Stacey Angel, membership; Myrna Schlegel, Myrna D. Schlegel Aware Scholarship Fund and Janet Broyles, past president. 

JUST IN: It’s Their Time’s Leslie Crozier Presents A $100,000 Check For Dr. Roger Rosenberg’s Research In Fighting Alzheimer’s

Anyone who knows Leslie Crozier knows that she’s a human dynamo. Whether it’s entering a room filled with strangers or taking on a cause, she’s a supernova. And that’s exactly how she tackled her personal vendetta against Alzheimer’s. Within 116 days, she created a foundation — It’s Their Time — and held a sold-out event on Tuesday, May 23, at the Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek to raise awareness and fundraising.

Steve Crozier, Roger Rosenberg, Leslie Ann Crozier, Greg Fitz and Carol Hall*

It paid off. After all the checks had cleared the bank and the bills had been paid, she presented a check for $100,000 to UT Southwestern Medical School Dean Dr. Greg Fitz and world-renowned Dr. Roger Rosenberg to support Roger’s research in developing a DNA vaccine which “is on a shortlist of promising antibody treatments” that may prevent or cure Alzheimer’s.

* Photo provided by It's Their Time

Dr. Marilyn Albert Reported The Developments In The Treatment Of Alzheimer’s At The Jean And Bill Booziotis Distinguished Lecture

Alzheimer’s is a disease that impacts all ages. From the more susceptible older members of the community to the millennials, who see and care for family members in various stages of Alzheimer’s, it has been a multi-generational rallying point. For that reason it was no surprise to see all ages present for the 4th Annual Jean and Bill Booziotis Distinguished Lecture with Dr. Marilyn Albert discussing the issue. Among those present at the Center for Vital Longevity lecture at Communities Foundation of Texas were 2016 BvB President Rachel Anderson and her teammates. Here is a report from the field:

Rachel Anderson, Catelyn Fox and Holley Caldwell*

 

Determining who is at risk for developing Alzheimer’s Disease well before symptoms appear is a major challenge faced by researchers and clinicians seeking to treat this form of dementia, said Dr. Marilyn Albert, Director of the Division of Cognitive Neuroscience at Johns Hopkins University, who was speaking at the Center for Vital Longevity’s 4th annual Jean and Bill Booziotis Distinguished Lecture.

Currently, there is no effective way to halt the disease process in Alzheimer’s. And by the time symptoms of the disease appear, it’s too late. “We don’t currently have effective drugs that can either stop or slow down the disease’s progression,” she said during a public gathering at the Communities Foundation of Texas, which hosted the lecture on Thursday, April 27.

Dr. Albert emphasized what many in the field now strongly believe: for a treatment or prevention to be effective, early diagnosis is key. A challenge has been in accurately diagnosing the disease, and distinguishing it from other age-related brain diseases and conditions that can affect memory and behavior.

Thankfully, diagnostic tools for detecting Alzheimer’s have advanced a long way, she said, from the days of Dr. Alois Alzheimer, the German psychiatrist credited with identifying the first case in the early 1900s. With advances in imaging, such as PET scanning to identify potentially harmful plaque deposits, and improvements in cognitive and genetic testing, characteristic signs of disease can potentially be detected earlier.

Finding even more accurate or sensitive biological markers that determine risk perhaps decades before onset could have profound impacts on public health down the road, she said. In the meantime, adopting lifestyle changes that improve cardiovascular health (which is closely connected to brain health) might help, along with staying mentally and socially engaged.

Doug and Cassie Crosby*

Earlier in the evening, Dr. Albert met with members of the Director’s Research Circle, in a reception attended by UT Dallas Executive Vice President Hobson Wildenthal, and members of the CVL advisory council.

Guests included Rachel Anderson, Catelyn Fox and Holley Caldwell, with BvB (formerly Blondes vs. Brunettes), an organization raising funds for Alzheimer’s research and awareness, as well as CVL supporters Dr. Doug and Cassie Crosby, past AWARE president.

The next Jean and Bill Booziotis Lecture is slated for April 2018. For more information on how to join CVL’s Director’s Research Circle, please visit: http://vitallongevity.utdallas.edu/support/.

* Photo credit: John Michael Bruno

Sold-Out Alert!: It’s Their Time

When Leslie Crozier takes on a task, she does it with gusto, to say the least. After observing the devastation of a family member’s Alzheimer’s, she established a nonprofit —It’s Their Time — “dedicated exclusively to advancing research for Alzheimer’s.”

Leslie Crozier and Roger Rosenberg (File photo)

To fund Dr. Roger Rosenberg’s Research and DNA Vaccine at UT Southwestern Medical Center, she’s put together a cocktail celebration this Tuesday at the Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek with WFAA meteorologist Pete Delkus as co-host and Hollywood F.A.M.E. Star Award Winner Aubree-Anne performing.

At one point, Leslie reported, “Remind me not to start a brand new amazing charity… and throw a kick-off at the Mansion… 120 days later! I might have been just a little ambitious in my goal!!!”

But, she need not worry. With determination and loads of friends and supporters, the event is sold out.

To ramp up the fundraising, she’s also arranged for eight live auction items including dinner with Dr. Rosenberg, concert tickets to Lady Gaga’s concert and an incredible Fourth of July stay in Vail that will have paddles rising.   

Aware Affair Had Guests From Near And Far, Oldtimers and Newcomers Raising Funds To Combat Alzheimer’s

Bob and Myrna Schlegel

While the Yellow Rose Gala was under way across Stemmons Freeway for Multiple Sclerosis, and the No Tie Dinner and Dessert was raising funds for AIDs Services of Dallas at the Frontiers of Flight Museum, Aware’s “Aware Affair” was filling the Atrium lobby of the Anatole with about 300 guests on Saturday, April 8.

Sandi and Jim Treliving and Amy and Greg Osler

As Aware vets like Kay and Jim Hammond checked out the silent auction items, honorees Myrna and Bob Schlegel were thrilled to have fellow Canadians Sandi and Jim Treliving on hand. Jim, who owns the Boston Pizza company, has also been a regular for 12 years on the CBC-TV show “Dragon’s Den,” which is the Canadian counterpart of ABC-TV’s “Shark Tank.”

Penny Reid and Thomas Nolan, Ron Corning, Venise Stuart, Angela Fontana and Andre Szuwalski

Aware President Venise Stuart, decked out in a Patti Flowers ensemble, hardly made it past the check-in as she greeted guests like Dolores and Larry Barzune, Dee Holley, Debra Nelson, Harriet Kelly Gibbe, Misty Keown, Jolie and Bart Humphrey, Honorary Co-Chairs Amy and Greg Osler, Chairs Penny Reid and Thomas Nolan and Angela Fontana and Andre Szuwalski, the Center for BrainHealth’s Sandi Chapman, and Kimber Hartmann with husband Michael Hartmann.

Kimber and Michael Hartmann

Dolores and Larry Barzune

Justin Hinton, Shane Allen and Ron Corning

Master of Ceremonies WFAA’s Ron Corning arrived with graying Eye Opener’s Shane Allen and Asheville, North Carolina, TV reporter Justin Hinton. Ron reported having had a full day, as only a few hours earlier he’d been emceeing the Ennis Bluebonnet Trails Festival in Ennis.

Debbie Oates, Christie Carter and Sandi Chapman

Pam and Dan Busbee

In another part of the lobby, honorees Pam and Dan Busbee greeted guests with Christie Carter, Debbie Oates, Gregory Dunbar and Terry Van Willson, as they entered the Stemmons Ballroom for dinner, a live auction and dancing to the Georgia Bridgewater Orchestra.

Thanks to funds raised from the dinner as well as the live and silent auctions, checks will be handed over to the Center for BrainHealth at UT Dallas, Juliette Fowler Communities, NorthPark Presbyterian Church, Presbyterian Communities and Services Foundation, The Senior Source, Texas Winds Musical Outreach, and The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center.

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