I am delighted to report that as of December 15, the date of this writing,
our year-end Campaign is off to a very good start. To date, we have
raised $149,411 towards our $500,000 goal, which is 15% ahead of
last year’s donations. We also have many first-time donors to the Campaign,
which reflects a growing awareness and support of our work. Thank you.
I wish to take this opportunity to highlight several major gifts that are
signifi cantly advancing our work. I received news today of a very special
$250,000 gift from The Charles Evans Foundation to underwrite the
establishment of “The Charles Evans Annual Lecture on the Art and Science
of Caregiving.” We have worked closely with Alice Shure and Bonnie
Pfeifer Evans, trustees of the Foundation, to support Chapter initiatives
on caregiving. This latest very generous donation will create a platform to
position caregiving as an important social, political, and spiritual issue that
merits thoughtful discussion and discourse. There will be more information
about this important program in the months ahead.
The MetLife Foundation’s new grant of $30,000 is supporting the
continuation of En Español and Si no es Alzheimer, que podria ser? (If it is
not Alzheimer’s, then what is it?). These publications have been crucial to
building awareness in the Latino community and ensuring that Spanishspeaking
New Yorkers have a place to turn for valuable information and
counsel in time of need. We are also delighted by a new grant from the
William Randolph Hearst Foundation of $75,000 to support the expansion
of our Home Care Training Program. Many of you reading this newsletter
have home care aides trained in dementia care by the NYC Chapter. This is
one of our most important programs to ensure quality of care in the home.
EmblemHealth is supporting two new booklets, Making Home Care Work
For You, and Moving Your Relative to a Nursing Home, to provide guidance
to family caregivers. And, the Hyde and Watson Foundation’s award of
$5,000 is supporting the purchase of much-needed equipment for the newly
planned Early Stage Services Center. Persons diagnosed with early stage
dementia are quite often isolated from their friends as they experience a
number of diff erent emotions. This grant will enable those recently diagnosed
to maintain a good quality of life by utilizing the Center’s technology to
communicate with loved ones via e-mail, listen to music, or watch movies as
And in closing, we now have 75 personalized Bryant Park Memory Chairs
located throughout Bryant Park. This program has helped to build awareness
for our cause while providing a meaningful way to pay tribute to someone
special. Take a stroll through the Park and read the plaques on the chairs.
It has been a busy season for us as we reflect on 2011 and look forward to
2012. The economy continues to be a challenging one but we are very
fortunate to have such good friends and supporters. Thank you.