Memories in Making art program for Alzheimer’s patients

Memories in the Making is an Alzheimer’s Association program that gets Alzheimer’s patients painting, often with remarkable results. Organizers say that Alzheimer’s patients often portray memories or feelings they’ve lost the ability to express. The Colorado Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association recently raised $190,000 at a fundraiser featuring the auction of Memories in the Making paintings, as the Denver Post reports here:

Sure, it would be nice to have something by Picasso or Van Gogh hanging on the living room wall. Problem is, an original is priced out of most everyone’s reach. Better, then, to make an investment that’s affordable, and in the end, much more meaningful.

That’s the story behind Memories in the Making. Hosted by the Colorado chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, Memories is a sale of 70 paintings created by Denver-area residents with Alzheimer’s disease. The 20 works that a jury selects for live auction are matched with companion pieces done by such professional artists as Anne Aguirre, Peggy McGivern, Jill Soukup and Michelle Torrez; other professionals contribute decorated palettes, jewelry, fabric art andSeen Gallery View more pictures from social events around town in the exclusive “Seen” gallery.sculptures for silent auction.

The 15th edition of the sale raised $190,000 for the Colorado chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association and was enjoyed by the crowd that filled the United Club Level at Invesco Field. Joanne Fisher is the event manager; Gwen Ippen serves as program coordinator.

via Alzheimer’s art sale raises $190,000 – The Denver Post.

Sardi’s Night benefits the Alzheimer’s Association

Celebrities sing show tunes to benefit the Alzheimer’s Association at A Night at Sardi’s, an annual Beverly Hills fundraiser. This year’s event was hosted by Seth Rogan, who told the audience that his girlfriend’s mother has Alzheimer’s, eonline’s Party Patrol reported.

Here’s more on the event from the Alzheimer’s Association:

Night at Sardi’s is an annual musical revue and gala held in Beverly Hills, Calif. to benefit the care, support and research efforts of the Alzheimer’s Association. Laurie Burrows Grad founded this event 18 years ago in honor of her father, the late playwright Abe Burrows.

To date, A Night at Sardi’s has raised close to $18 million in the fight against Alzheimer’s. Celebrities participating in the 2009 event included Kristen Bell, Sean Hayes, Melina Kanakaredes, Katey Sagal,Victor Garber, Peter Gallagher, Swoosie Kurtz, Molly Sims, Ken Howard, Sharon Lawrence, Vicki Lewis and Chelsea Handler.

via Sardi’s Night benefiting the Alzheimer’s Association.