Alzheimer's Event Raises Big Bucks For Boca-Area Patients

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Boca event helped raise more than $300,000 for Alzheimer's programs in and around Boca Raton.

BOCA RATON, FL ( — A great event raised major money to help Alzheimer's patients and their families in South Florida. It's the seventh annual “Bobby Socks Optional” event, and here's a look at what happened from our friends at FAU:

The Caring Hearts Auxiliary of Florida Atlantic University’s Louis and Anne Green Memory and Wellness Center, along with generous sponsors and walkers, raised more than $300,000 at the seventh annual Keep Memories Alive walk affair. Proceeds benefit scholarships to Day Center participants, Day Center activities and caregiver support programs.

The ‘50s-themed “Bobby Socks Optional” event took place inside the Town Center at Boca Raton and included something for everyone. Close to 300 walkers enjoyed singing and dancing by KP Productions and music by Magic 102.7 before strolling around the mall. Approximately 20 teams participated, including 75 students from Spanish River High School’s National Honor Society. The “Royal Palm Street Walkers” raised more than $1,800.

“It was heartwarming to see so many members of our community join our cause,” said Terry Fedele, a Caring Hearts Auxiliary board member who co-chaired the event with fellow board member, Jill Poser-Kammet. “The Memory and Wellness Center provides such an important service to people dealing with memory loss and their caregivers.”

Beautiful paintings from Day Center students of art instructor, Patricia Saidon, were displayed and available for purchase as a donation to the Day Center.

“It’s hard to believe how much this event has grown in seven years – from 65 walkers in the first year to more than 250 walkers this year,” said Poser-Kammet. “We are so fortunate to have this resource in our community.”

The Memory and Wellness Center, located on FAU’s Boca Raton campus, is part of FAU’s Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and averages 16,000 visits per year. The Center offers a wide range of services and programs to individuals with mild to moderate memory disorders, including Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia. Visits begin with a comprehensive memory evaluation. The evaluation results often help diagnose a memory disorder and develop a treatment plan in cooperation with a patient’s physicians.

The Day Center provides an active and secure place for families to bring spouses or parents who are experiencing memory loss, and the caregiver support programs have a positive impact on life at home.

“We are so appreciative of the support we received from the co-chairs, committee, walkers and sponsors that enables the Center to continue state-of-the art services to families living with memory disorders,” said Kathleen Valentine, director of the Center. “Like many not-for-profit health care organizations, we are continually forced to do more with less. Each dollar counts.”


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