A Celebration of Courage & Hope 2017-06-01T16:15:57+00:00

SAVE THE DATE: September 14, 2017

Mark your calendars for our annual Celebration of Courage & Hope at the historic US Grant Hotel.  As in years past, this will be a special evening to honor San Diegans who are on the front lines of healthcare, research, awareness and caring for a loved one with dementia.

Please check back for more information or call 858.492.4400.

Special thanks to our presenting sponsor The Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation

2016 Courage & Hope Honorees

Michael Plopper, MD
Sharp Behavioral Health Service

Jerold Chun, MD, PhD
The Scripps Research Institute

Michele Parente
The San Diego Union-Tribune

Jon McKee
Retired Elementary School Teacher and Vietnam Veteran

Thank You For Your Support!

Dear Friends,

On September 21st, World Alzheimer’s Day, nearly 300 friends and supporters joined together for A Celebration of Courage & Hope at the historic US Grant Hotel. Thank you for being a part of a truly special evening to honor San Diegans who are on the frontlines of healthcare, research, awareness and caring for a loved one with dementia.

Together we raised more than $200,000 to support local programs and to help advance critical local research for a cure. This wonderful success was in large part due to Tammy and Cameron Rooke who started off the evening’s “Raise the Envelope” with an outstanding $25,000 gift and Lee Chesnut, who after meeting caregiver honoree Jon McKee, was moved to match the $28,000 Jon raised during his cross-country bicycle ride earlier this year.

Emotions ran high as we listened to story after story of how Alzheimer’s disease has touched the lives of our emcee Carlo Cecchetto (CBS News 8), event chairs, Marcea Lloyd (Retired, Amylin), Gary Cady (Torrey Pines Bank), Leslie Kilpatrick (Willis Allen Real Estate) and the 2016 honorees, Dr. Jerold Chun (The Scripps Research Institute), Dr. Michael Plopper (Sharp Mesa Vista Hospital), Michele Parente (The San Diego Union-Tribune) and Jon McKee, caregiver and shining light of optimism for a brighter tomorrow in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease.

We must also thank Founding Chair Adam Day of The Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation, Sharp Healthcare, SDG&E and the evening’s other generous table sponsors for making this event possible. And finally, a heartfelt thank you to our honorary chairs, Mayor Kevin Faulconer, County Supervisor Dianne Jacob and Sheriff Bill Gore for helping to improve the lives of the thousands of families impacted by Alzheimer’s today and sharing their unwavering hope that one day we will find a cure here in San Diego.

For every story we heard on stage, we know there were dozens more in the room that night and thousands more throughout San Diego County. No matter your connection, whether you know someone living with the disease, you have lost someone or maybe you attended the event to learn what we were all about, we want you to know that your support matters and that we are here for you and for all of San Diego County.

100% of every dollar given stays in San Diego to help San Diego! We are proud to be pioneering a future that responds to the urgent needs of our local community. A future where no one is afraid to ask for help and where we are working together to find a cure. We know we can’t do this without you, so thank you for your support and we hope to see you soon!

Mary Ball
President & CEO
Alzheimer’s San Diego

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For questions please contact Michelle Van Hoff at 858.966.3300 or mvanhoff@alzsd.org