Alzheimer’s Advocates and ‘A Reason to Hope’

Alexander Dreyfoos, Margie Luntz, George Michele

Alexander Dreyfoos, Margie Luntz and George Michele

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – TV anchor Jay Cashmere and Alzheimer’s advocate Laura Jones were the special guest speakers at “A Reason to Hope,” the annual luncheon of the Alzheimer’s Association.

“Alzheimer’s is the sixth-leading cause of death in Americans age 65 or older,” said Enrique Piñeiro, president of the southeast Florida chapter’s board. “In the next 15 years, Florida will see its cases of Alzheimer’s grow to nearly 600,000.”

Jay Cashmere and Laura Jones

Guest speakers Jay Cashmere and Laura Jones

The benefit, which raised almost $50,000, was held at the Julian Cohen Pavilion at The Kravis Center.

Guest speakers were Jay Cashmere and Laura Jones. Cashmere is a Channel 5 reporter and anchor, and served as master of ceremonies for the luncheon. His grandmother suffered from Alzheimer’s, which prompted his efforts to fight the disease. Jones is a mother and advocate and also serves as a caregiver to her husband, Jay, who was diagnosed with the disease at age 50.

More than 135 guests attended the March 19, 2013, luncheon, including Palm Beach Mayor Gail Coniglio, Alex Dreyfoos, Dorothy Sullivan, Leslie Randolf, Elinor Belfer, Joyce McLendon, Olympia Devine, Lenore Zake, Shirley Cowen, Bobbi and Harry Horwich, Paula and George Michele, Ann and Baxter Webb.

Joyce McLendon and Harry Horwich

Joyce McLendon and Harry Horwich

The Alzheimer’s Association is the largest non-profit funder of Alzheimer’s research, and works toward finding new treatments, preventions and, ultimately, a cure.

For more information or to make a donation, call (800) 272-3900 or visit www.alz.org/seflorida.

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