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August 2014
Thank you for your interest and support in Alzheimer's Project, Inc.  Without you, we would not be able to keep offering our many services free of charge.  Our goal is to provide these services to caregivers in the Big Bend area who are taking care of loved ones with Alzheimer's disease and other types of dementia. We hope you enjoy navigating your way through this monthly newsletter so that you can find a way to become involved as a client, caregiver, volunteer, or supporter.
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From the Leadership Team
Bill Wertman, Director and CEO

Alzheimer's Project welcomes Maggie Maddox, MSW, Stephanie Pollack, MSW, and Jasmine Shepherd, MSW as our newest team members. Maggie comes on board as our new Case Manager and Stephanie comes on board as our Rural Outreach Manager while Jasmine will serve as our Program Manager. We are very excited to have these three social workers join our staff and look forward to the contribution they will make to our agency and the people we serve. These new positions are made possible by the state funding we received for fiscal year 2014-2015 and I would like to thank Sandy Halperin and his daughter Karen Cyphers for helping make this dream a reality. Without them, this would not have been possible. The agency is growing and we are excited about the new collaborations we will build and the additional number of caregivers and their loved ones we will be able to serve with these new team members.  I hope everyone enjoys what's left of summer 2014!!  



Bill Wertman, MSW


Alzheimer's Project, Inc.

Rebeccah Lutz, Board President

 There's a lot of excitement buzzing around two fundraisers we have coming up in August - the Annual Parrothead Phrenzy on Aug. 9 at the Elks Lodge and the first-ever LOL for Alzheimer's Project comedy show on Aug. 16 at Ruby Diamond Auditorium. While these events raise funds critical to the fulfillment of our human-service mission, they serve another important purpose. These are opportunities for our board, staff, supporters, clients, caregivers and friends to come together in celebration of the important work of which we all are a part. As we work together to support families facing Alzheimer's disease, it's important that we pause to celebrate the success of our agency, measured by the people we touch on a daily basis. I hope you'll join us for celebration and laughter on one, or better, both of these nights. Alzheimer's disease is tough; we all know that. But, together, we find ways to live, laugh and love through our challenges. That's definitely something worth celebrating.



Rebeccah Lutz


Alzheimer's Project, Inc. Board of Directors


Upcoming Events
Celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the Parrothead Phrenzy Benefit Concert
August 9th, 6:00pm-Midnight
                                    Elks Lodge


Jimmy Buffett says, "If we weren't all crazy, we would go insane." You are hereby invited to go crazy on August 9th, at the 10th Annual Parrothead Phrenzy, a benefit concert for Alzheimer's Project.


The Tallahassee Parrothead Club and Elks Lodge present this tropical-themed concert, featuring Jason Webb and the Caribbean Chillers, Florida's premiere Buffett Tribute band. You'll enjoy heavy hors d'ouevres and a Seaside Silent Auction. Dress beach casual or enter the Pirate Costume Contest!


Giving to an Alzheimer's organization is a common thread among parrothead clubs as Buffett's father died of the disease in May 2003. The Tallahassee Parrothead Club has presented this unique event for 10 years. The local club is part of an international organization whose motto is "Party with a Purpose." Last year Parrothead clubs gave over 4.1 million dollars to charities worldwide. "We work hard and play hard for that contribution. That's a lot of parties!" says Penny Weimer, Phrenzy founder and event Co-Captain.


$25 tickets in advance, available at  $30 at the door

Home Instead: A WTXL Dedicated Company
Home Instead: A WTXL Dedicated Company

LOL: A Night of Comedy to Benefit Alzheimer's Project
August 16th
Ruby Diamond Auditorium
Are you ready for the comedic event of the year?!  Get ready for an evening of fun and laughter on August 16, 2014 at Ruby Diamond Auditorium.  This hilarious show, featuring comedians Bob Zany and Greg Hahn, as heard on the "Bob and Tom Show," is a fundraiser for Alzheimer's Project, Inc. and will be taking the place of what was once our annual GALA.  These two brilliant comedians have appeared on Late Night with Conan O'Brien, Comedy Central, CBS, ABC, FOX, MTV, and CMT.  They are hilariously funny!! 
There is also a very special opportunity available for those companies/individuals who really want to make the night an All Star Event by reserving a VIP seat or table.  The VIP option allows the ticket holder to experience this event on an entirely different level.  A limo will chauffeur you from the reserved parking area to the VIP reception venue where only 100 lucky participants will have a chance to dine and mingle with the comedians themselves.  This sort of "pre-show" before the event will put you in the spirit to continue laughing with Zany and Hahn from the front row.  To learn more about the VIP option, contact Jessica Duncan at
Bob Zany
Greg Hahn
Bob Zany

Greg Hahn

Walk Registration Party
September 9th
Momo's Pizza
We want to kick off our Forget-Me-Not Walk this year with a fun pizza party at Momo's in Market Square.  Sponsors will have a chance to be recognized early and begin recruiting for walkers.  This will be open to the public to help raise awareness for the Walk and what Alzheimer's Project, Inc. does for the community.  You will be able to enjoy live music and a buffet of "pizza as big as your head" at Momo's, a unique pizza joint that is local to Tallahassee.   

Caregiver Celebration
September 19th
Sanders Hall, SPUMC
We love to recognize all of you caregivers who spend your time taking care of loved ones affected by Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia.  This is a day for you to be pampered, listen to a great speaker, enjoy wonderful food, take part in complimentary health screenings, and learn more about what Tallahassee has to offer to help you.  You deserve a day for YOU! 
Registration will begins this month and seating will be limited.  This celebration is free of charge.

Forget-Me-Not Walk and Festival
November 2nd
Tom Brown Park
Start getting pumped up to take our Walk to the new venue, Tom Brown Park.  The new space will allow it to be bigger and better than ever.  The planning committee has a few new ideas up their sleeves that they just know you will love.  Watch your email for more details soon!

Harbor Chase Golf Tournament
November 6th
Southwood Golf Club
Harbor Chase is doing it again!  We are so excited to announce that this wonderful partner has decided to host yet another tournament with all of the proceeds to benefit Alzheimer's Project, Inc.  Dust off those clubs and start thinking about putting a team together to drive this fundraiser home! 

Meet the Board of Directors
Ron Davis

My name is Ron Davis. I am a semi-retired governmental affairs consultant, who specializes in affordable housing programs and policy analysis. For the past two years I have had the pleasure of serving on the Board of Directors for Alzheimer's Project, Inc.


My path to the Alzheimer's Project directly resulted from my parents, both of whom died of dementia-related illnesses. In fact, they both suffered from dementia at the same time. As their only child I had sole responsibility for their care. This experience led to some key insights (both positive and negative) about the areas of in-home and professional care (especially nursing homes). I began to realize that, despite multiple members of my family (on both sides) having experienced some form of dementia, no one talked about it. I later learned that African-Americans were most likely to experience Alzheimer's, which has no known cure. But still, no one in the African-American community appears to be addressing this matter.


The Alzheimer's Project initially provided my Dad with a free monitoring device, which is part of Project Lifesaver. After my Mom died, and while I was providing primary care for my Dad, I decided to honor them both and try to give back to the community by seeking a place on the Alzheimer's Project Board of Directors. The initial contribution that I sought to provide was insight from an African-American primary caregiver, who had experience with both institutional and in-home care.


Today, my role has expanded to include two other responsibilities: (1) helping to share information about the impact of Alzheimer's and dementia, as well as related family caregiver resources, with the African-American and Hispanic communities in the Big Bend region; and (2) chairing the Fund Development Committee, which has been charged with creating a draft Operating Reserve Fund Policy and helping to establish a Capital Projects Fund, which will be used to help support the costs of needed physical expansion.


Shortly after joining the Alzheimer's Project Board of Directors, I was honored to be appointed to the Purple Ribbon Task Force, which was charged with creating Florida's first comprehensive plan to address the growing problem of Alzheimer's and related dementias on a statewide basis. My role was that of family caregiver, and most of my recommendations were reflected in the 2013 official report, which was presented to the Governor and Legislative leaders.


On a personal note, my wife and I will be celebrating our 45th wedding anniversary later this month. Our only child has always loved and honored her elders, which led to her PhD in Gerontology from the University of Kentucky and a faculty position at Rutgers University, where she teaches, writes and does research in Gerontology.


My love of public service has led to contributions in both the public and private sectors, through a variety of urban planning and affordable housing roles. As a researcher, I have directed projects at the national, regional and local levels, as well as contributing to other local and statewide efforts. I have also chaired the Tallahassee-Leon County Canopy Roads Citizens Advisory Committee.


The Alzheimer's Project gives me the opportunity to combine my passions for public service and applied research to help address a significant issue-and to dare to begin to make an impact, if only on a very modest scale. In fact, the actions of the other board members and the staff constantly inspire me to try to do more.


If you wish to contact me, please do so at:

Ron Davis, President

21st Century Solutions

(850) 294-2136

(850) 877-0821 (fax)



Rural Outreach
Pat's Pantry
Pat Smith does some wonderful work in our community.  She spends her time helping the homeless population in our area by providing them with everyday essentials.  Since the nonprofit work she is doing is out of the goodness of her heart, she relies on donations to be able to continue her mission. 

In a recent letter, Pat says, "I have just left some of the camps in the woods and I was shaken this morning by what I saw.  When you run upon grown men saying they are hungry, it takes you past their situation and reasoning for it." 

We at Alzheimer's Project want to do all we can to help our community and the people in it thrive.  Please consider donating non-perishable foods to Pat's Pantry.  You may contact her at (850) 875-2133.  Every little bit helps! 

Did You Know?
Welcome Message from Lew Wilson
Welcome Message from Lew Wilson
Are you over 50?  If so, did you know there is a WORLD of savings for you right here in Tallahassee?  Visit the website daily to find out which retail venues, restaurants, and services are offering you discounts. 

What exactly is Alzheimer's Disease?

What Is Alzheimer's Disease?
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'The Seminole Spirit' Signed Print by Daniel Ackerman
"The Seminole Spirit" was originally illustrated to raise money for the Alzheimer's Project in honor of the memory of Daniel Ackerman's Grandmother, Arline Marilyn Joseph. Daniel equates the "unconquered" selflessness of the 2013 National Champions with the same "unconquered" life and spirit of his Grandma Arline. All prints are personally signed by Daniel and 20% of all proceeds will be donated to the Alzheimer's Project. Prints are $24.99 plus $4.75 for postal shipping to the contiguous states. Daniel is a recent FSU graduate with a BFA in Graphic Design. Measures 11"x17". 

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Donate to Alzheimer's Project, Inc.

If you are uncomfortable making a donation online, Alzheimer's Project, Inc. accepts cash and check donations via mail. Please mail your contribution to: 301 East Tharpe Street, 
Tallahassee, FL 32303. Donations can be:

Individual Gift- Your individual gift will help ensure continuity of the services Alzheimer's Project, Inc. provides to the community.

Memorial Gift- When someone close to us passes away we want to express our sympathy to the family for their loss. Take the opportunity to express your sympathy and at the same time help Alzheimer's Project, Inc. carry out its mission. We gladly send letters of acknowledgement to the person(s) you specify.

Tribute Gift- You can make a contribution to Alzheimer's Project, Inc. in honor of someone on a special occasion such as their birthday, anniversary or holiday. When you include the contact information for the person to whom you are giving tribute, a letter acknowledging your gift will be sent to them.

Thank you for taking the time to read our newsletter. Do you have comments or content suggestions for the next one?  I would love to hear from you! 
Jessica Duncan
Marketing Director
Alzheimer's Project, Inc.

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