We’re mixing it up this week and spotlighting our local chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association. We caught up with Development Director, Autumn Amos last week to get the scoop on all their doing to make a difference in our community!
1. What’s special about the Alzheimer’s Association?
The Alzheimer’s Association is the world’s leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support, and research. Currently, more than 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s and 16 million individuals are serving as their unpaid caregivers. Right here in Columbus, hundreds of families are facing this progressive disease, which is devastating to our families, our finances, and our future. We address this global crisis by providing education and support to those who face dementia every day, while advancing critical research toward methods of treatment and, ultimately, a cure.
2. How has our community supported your efforts?
Our office serves 21 counties. We could not exist without the wonderful support of our philanthropic community! We have two Development Directors and one Programs and Services, Director. There are two very important fundraisers each year: Dancing Stars of Columbus happens in the Spring and The Walk to End Alzheimer’s takes place in Fall. I manage the Walk and Ally Barnett facilitates Dancing Stars of Columbus. David Marlowe is our Programs and Services Director and oversees support groups, care consultations, family education courses in our service area.
3. What’s coming up on your calendar? The Columbus Walk to End Alzheimer’s will take place on Friday, 9/20 in Uptown! The goal this year is $174,500. We anticipate over 1,000 participants this year. Registration will begin at 5 PM, a walking ceremony will take place at 5:30 PM and the walk itself will begin at 6 PM. The Uptown Concert for the night will begin at 7 PM. We are still seeking Sponsors and Teams for the walk. To register, please visit Georgiawalk.org and select Columbus. It is free to register. Please join us! We need your support!
4. What’s your favorite meal in the city? I order the Tanya Salad at The Loft every time.
5. Favorite home in town?
I love the old Illges House on 2nd Avenue, it makes such a beautiful venue!
We’re so excited to have met Autumn and we can’t wait to get involved with the mission of the Alzheimer’s Association here in our community. Join us for the Walk to End Alzheimer’s! The Brady Blackmon Team will be getting our steps in, closing those rings, and fundraising to end Alzheimer’s.