Elizabeth Betts doesnâ€™t have any family members who suffer from Alzheimerâ€™s â€“ and she aims to keep it that way.
â€œI am very lucky that no one in my family has (it), and I donâ€™t want my future children to be affected,â€ said Betts, development specialist for the Alzheimerâ€™s Associationâ€™s Greater Kentucky and Southern Indiana Chapter. â€œI (went to work for the association) because if I wasnâ€™t going to stand up and fight, who was going to? I want to protect the future generations, and I want to protect my family.â€
The community has an opportunity to support the cause by attending the associationâ€™s annual fundraising event, Making Memories Across America, from 7 to 11 p.m. March 2 at the Brown & Williamson Club, 2800 S. Floyd St.
This yearâ€™s event includes dinner, a silent auction and live auction conducted by Rick Wardlow, dancing and entertainment. The event features specialty cocktails to represent the four corners of the United States and auctions of trips across the country, including a trip to San Francisco, passes to local golf courses, a trip to Nashville to see Elton John, a trip to Sandestin, Fla., and a camping trip to Virginia.
During the evening, awards will be given to those who have contributed to the Alzheimerâ€™s Association. Honorees include:
- Verizon Wireless Corporate Partner of the Year Award: Kaden Companies
- Kindred Healthcare Family Caregiver of the Year Award: Jeanie Locy
- Clark + Riggs Solutions Annual Giving Award: St. John The Baptist Breakfast/Koetter Family
- Nazareth Home Media Partner of the Year Award: The News-Enterprise
- PCA Pharmacy Professional Caregiver of the Year Award: Mr. and Mrs. Bernard and Rhoda Faller
Making Memories Across America
Funds raised benefit the Alzheimerâ€™s Associationâ€™s Greater Kentucky and Southern Indiana Chapter, including the 24-hour Helpline, MedicAlert/Safe Return Program, family support groups, respite for caregivers and research. Presenting sponsors are Kindred Healthcare and Verizon Wireless. Other sponsors include PCA Pharmacy, Nazareth Home and Sam Swope Care Center at Masonic Homes of Louisville.
Hosted by the Alzheimerâ€™s Associationâ€™s Greater Kentucky and Southern Indiana Chapter, 7 to 11 p.m. March 2 at the Brown & Williamson Club, 2800 S. Floyd St.
Tickets are $100 per person or $1,500 for a reserved table for 10. Cocktail attire is requested. For reservations or more information, contact Elizabeth Betts at 502.451.4266 or firstname.lastname@example.org.