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MAY 2012
The Compassion To Care, The Leadership To Conquer

The Alzheimer's journey is a long one, with many twists and turns. The Southeastern Wisconsin Chapter has been here as a strong, passionate, and committed resource for over 25 years and with your support we intend to stay committed until the vision of a world without Alzheimer's is attained.


Advocacy Forum Draws Largest Attendance Ever!


More than 750 Advocates Representing 50 States Storm the Hill 

Delegation with Sen. Kohl
Wisconsin Delegation meets with Sen. Herb Kohl


Washington, D.C. has heard our roar!  The Alzheimer's Association Advocacy Forum convened April 23-25 in the nation's Capitol.  More than 750 advocates continued the passionate dialogue about the importance of a National Alzheimer's Plan, and left a clear message with Capitol Hill lawmakers and pundits that Alzheimer's can't wait!    


At the National Alzheimer's Dinner, hosted by Meredith Vieira and joined by almost 1000 guests including many Members of Congress and the media, the Associaton honored six champions who are leading the way in the fight to end Alzheimer's - including legendary University of Tennessee basketball coach Pat Summitt.   Former First Lady of California, Maria Shriver, presented Summitt with the Sargent and Eunice Shriver Profiles in Dignity Award.


Nine advocates from our chapter attended, including board member Al Castro, Tim Harrington who hosts the Harrington Golf Outing each year to benefit the chapter, friends and past Waukesha Walk chairs Kay and Peter Lettenberger, Jonette Arms from the Milwaukee County Aging and Disability Resource Center, Gina Green-Harris from the Wisconsin Alzheimer's Institute, and Tom Hlavacek, Krista Scheel, and Paul Golueke from the Southeastern Wisconsin chapter staff.


We held meetings with the offices of all members of the Wisconsin Congressional delegation, including a personal meeting with Senator Kohl. We think our local stories and data made a strong case to fund the implementation of a strong National Alzheimer's Plan, and to pass the HOPE for Alzheimer's Act.


Alzheimer's Champion Frank Gimbel will Host Treasure
 Tuesday, June 5 at Cuvee



Alzheimer's Champion Frank Gimbel
Frank Gimbel
   Art-Studded Fundraising Event is Quite the BUZZ


 Frank Gimbel, prominent Milwaukee attorney and Alzheimer's advocate, will host the festivities on June 5 as Treasure is discovered in Milwaukee's art community. 
Treasure is a brand new, chic, after-hours fundraising event at Cuvee Champagne Bar to benefit Memories in the Making, the art program of the Alzheimer's Association.  This evening offers you the opportunity to network with artists, art collectors, business movers and shakers - all while enjoying some of the finest small plate samplings in town!  And the highlight of the evening is a spectacular art auction featuring the work of Memories in the Making emerging artists paired with fine art pieces contributed by some of Wisconsin's most recognized artists.
Tickets are just $75 each and they are going quickly so don't be left out!  Word on the street says this event will be a knock-out so reserve your spot now by contacting Lisa Ligocki at 414-479-8800 or
Get all the scoop on this classy bash on the Treasure website.


LIKE TREASURE ON FACEBOOK by visiting our new page.


Showcase your business front and center in the eyes of the art community through sponsorship of Treasure.  Click here  for a printable version of our sponsorship opportunities.  Download a sponsorship form here.


Special Thanks to our Impressionist Sponsors:





Today's Courage, Tomorrow's Hope
~Stories from the Alzheimer's Journey ~           
Lys Morillo
Lys Morillo 
Five years ago, Lys Morillo moved to the United States from her native Venezuela.  At that time she spoke almost no English.  Today, Lys is the Vice President of Social Activities for the Student Government Association at Waukesha County Technical College.  Her quest to become fluent in English has become a reality, and she is now working towards her second degree in Global Business.    
Click here to discover why this energetic college student is also driven to educate her WCTC classmates and faculty about Alzheimer's disease and raise money to support the mission.





WCTC's Campaign of Love Raises $674.24 for the Cause
Campaign of Love Check Presentation
Diane Baughn and Judy Gunkel accept check from WCTC Student Government Association
The students at Waukesha County Technical College (WCTC) were ready to share the LOVE and HUGS, and the recipient of their noble efforts was a very grateful Alzheimer's Association!
For a full seven school days in February (13-21), the Student Government Association held their first Campaign of Love to bring awareness about Alzheimer's disease to both students and faculty and to raise funds to help end ALZ!  The commons was decorated with Campaign of Love posters and tables were set up to provide brochures and information about Alzheimer's disease and the impact the disease has on families. Diane Baughn and Judy Gunkel from our staff were invited to provide information and answer questions during one of the campaign days.  The student Senators also sold adorable Hugging Bears for Valentines Day - which proved to be so popular among the students that they were gone in a flash! 
Special Thanks to Lys Morillo, VP of Social Activities, for spearheading this huge event and to all the Senators of WCTC's Student Government Association for believing in the mission!
Campaign of love
Matt, Lys and Aziz staff the main table

Campaign of Love - King and Bears
King sells bears



3rd Annual Makkos Family and Friends Event Raises $7,573.00  


Bowling Tourney Spares Nothing to Strike Out ALZ  
Makkos Family
Kelly Straus, Mary, Tom and Jamie Makkos


Bowlers and their families packed the Root River Center in Franklin on Sunday, April 29 to support this wonderful event to benefit the Alzheimer's Association.  The place was hopping from 10:30 a.m. until 6:30 p.m., as friendly competitors bowled strike after strike, ate pizza and parted with some cash in the hopes of winning some really incredible raffle items. 


Special thanks to Jamie Makkos and family for organizing this record-breaking event.  We also want to give a big shout-out to Root River Center for donating the lanes, and to Primex, R&R Insurance, and Nicole Bostrom of First Weber Realty for being lane sponsors.


 Way to Go Makkos Family Team! 



1st Annual Walk to End Alzheimer's
Slated for Sept. 22 at Regner Park


The Alzheimer's Association is thrilled to launch a brand new Walk to End Alzheimer's in 2012 in Washington County!


Many thanks to Dr. Lawrence P. Sullivan, Neurologist, Froedtert Health, for chairing this event.  We are off to a great start and have a fabulous committee of individuals representing various sectors of the community who are stoked to make this an incredible Walk.  We are still looking for additional committee members and volunteers, so if you are interested please contact Sara Graves at


Or... if you want your company to be part of this Walk or any of our other Walks in Southeastern Wisconsin click here to see a full menu of sponsorship opportunities! 


More than 2700 individuals in Washington County struggle with Alzheimer's disease and dementia.  That's why we need you to WALK and help us provide care and support for those affected and their families.


Sign up now on our Walk website.   Every walker who raises $100 in pledges is entitled to a collector's edition "Walk to End Alzheimer's" official t-shirt. Visit our walk website or call 414-479-8800 for more information on all 7 Southeastern Wisconsin Walks and to register YOUR TEAM!


Walk Banner


Walk Team - Secrets of Success


Learn from the Best!  We've got some fantastic Walk Teams out there that want to share their ideas and the great news and motivation coming from inside their "camps".


Linda Blaney, Captain of Team Doodie in Fond du Lac is compiling a cookbook to raise money for her Walk Team.  Walk is all about family, so she is looking for submissions of some of your family's favorites recipes.  As Linda says, "Many recipes we have collected so far have been from our mom's and grandma's ..... good old fashioned recipes that are great to hand down to future generations"!


Linda's mom, whose nickname was Doodie, was diagnosed with Alzheimers about 11 years ago.  Doodie passed away last May and so Linda, her sister and her family formed a Team to walk in  her memory.  Linda reports that sadly the disease runs in her family, and that's why the Walk has a very special meaning.  Linda says, "We can be a little part of finding a cure so future generations don't have to know what Alzheimer's is all about".


Team Doodie will be collecting recipes through June 15. View details, print the recipe submission form or learn how to order the Team Doodie Cookbook here.



Outstanding Achievement Awards Presented at 2012

Wisconsin Network Conference


Congratulations to all the recipients of the Alzheimer's Association Outstanding Achievement Awards, which were presented at the annual Wisconsin Network Conference that recently concluded on May 8.  Honorees were selected based on their outstanding achievements in the areas of increasing awareness, support and care to those with Alzheimer's disease in Wisconsin.  Our Southeastern Wisconsin chapter was privileged to nominate the following award recipients:


Professional Award: Gina Green-Harris, Director, Milwaukee Outreach Program, 

Wisconsin Alzheimer's Institute 


Organization Award: Latino Geriatric Center - United Community Center


Physician Award: Britton Kolar, M.D., Director, Geriatric Evaluation Clinic, Aurora Health Care, Elkhorn 


Courage Award: Cal Drossel of Sheboygan


Special Service Award: Ben Merens, host of At Issue, Wisconsin Public Radio


Other statewide award recipients include:


Family Caregiver Award: Gail Taylor, Green Bay


Advocacy Award: Nick Maas, Greenville


Friend of Alzheimer's Association: Mark & Diane Baumgart, Appleton


Roy Johnston Award: U.S. Senator Herbert H. Kohl





We Know How To Round-Up the Best Volunteers!


Sheriff Tom says "Yee Haw" to Our "Most Wanted" Guests During Annual Volunteer Appreciation Lunch


Sheriff Tom
Sheriff Tom addresses volunteers
at the  Ranch


National Volunteer Week was celebrated in western style on Monday, April 16 -  complete with bandanas, ten-gallon hats, and an impressive chuckwagon put on by our very own cowgirl, Lisa Ligocki!  Experienced rodeo hands and tenderfoots alike ponied up to the table and chowed down  some darn-tootin' good grub.


Sheriff Tom praised the group, by saying "Our volunteers can get anything done -  by hook or by crook. This group is Ace's High!"


Hand's down - the Alzheimer's Association has the best volunteers!  We appreciate your efforts 365/24/7!   


If you'd like to become one of our "Most Wanted" volunteers please contact Lisa Ligocki at or 414-479-8800.




Distinguished Practitioner and Volunteer
Britton Kolar, M.D. Retires
Dr. Kolar retires
Wendy Betley and Dr. Britton Kolar
Dr. Britton Kolar, Director of the Geriatric Evaluation Clinic, Aurora Health Care, Elkhorn was honored on Thursday, March 8 at a retirement celebration held at Horticultural Hall in Lake Geneva.  The event, hosted by Geneva Lake Manor, and attended by members of the healthcare community, friends and families, paid tribute to this outstanding physician who has served his community for more than 30 years.

Dr Kolar is well known in Walworth county for being an advocate for seniors.  He often went over and above his normal duties as a physician, making "home visits" to older adults in his care who had difficulty getting to his office. Additionally, he was constantly identifying best practices for care of individuals with dementia. His passion for serving individuals with dementia enabled him to persuade Aurora Health Care to open the first Geriatric Assessment Center in Walworth County. 


The Alzheimer's Association, Southeastern Wisconsin chapter is most appreciative of everything that Dr. Kolar has done over the years to support individuals with dementia and their families.  Wendy Betley, Family Services Manager, presented Dr. Kolar with a plaque on behalf of the Association.  She said, "Dr. Kolar does not stop at the diagnosis. He is there till the end, helping families understand what is available to them as well as helping them understand the disease process."


Additionally, for the past 3 years, Dr. Kolar was the honorary chair-person for the Walworth County Walk to End Alzheimer's.  He was also a very active committee member - recruiting teams and sponsors, promoting the Walk and even helping with set-up on the day of the Walk.  


Congratulations Dr. Kolar on a well deserved retirement and our very best wishes for the future!   


New Support Groups Enhance Chapter Resources Support Group 


Three new Spanish speaking support groups and two new early-stage support groups have been added to the considerable resources available to caregivers through the Southeastern Wisconsin chapter.

Our new Spanish speaking groups located at three different Milwaukee sites are staffed by bilingual facilitators, to allow participants the option to dialogue in Spanish or English, according to their preference. Contact Virginia Zerpa at or 414.479.8800 for more information. Spanish speaking individuals please call 414.431.8811.


Individuals who have been diagnosed with early-stage Alzheimer's or another form of early-stage dementia are invited to attend special support groups designed to meet their needs. Family care partners may accompany them as well for the first part of the meeting, and then each group holds their own separate session for approximately one hour. Call Wendy Betley, Family Services Manager at 414-479-8800 during business hours for more information on the early-stage support groups.


For an entire list of support groups located within our eleven county service region click here.




2 Poker Runs to Benefit Alzheimer's AssociationRide for the Memory


The fun all begins at Noon on Saturday, May 19 at the 2nd annual Normie Dogs Poker Run - starting at Jug's Hitching Post, 5781 Mill Street in West Bend.   Last stop will be the Rusty Spur Saloon in New Fane.  Enjoy food, beverages, prizes and live music!  $10 per hand... all hands must be in by 6 p.m., with winners announced at 6:30 p.m.


The fun and fundraising will continue on Saturday, June 2 when Jim Henry's Oval Bar at 91st and National presents their own Poker Run. 

Sign in time starts at 9:00 a.m., with leave time planned for 11:00 a.m. The ride will kick off at the Oval Bar.  Riders will then stop at Fat Charlies, Bear Trap, In Cahoots, Mustang Shelly's, Danny Lynch's and return to Jim Henry's Oval Bar. Tickets are $15 per person or $20 per couple.  Enjoy a 50/50 raffle, silent auction, food and fun!  Call 414-545-8818 for more information.


Both poker runs promise to be a great time for a great cause.... all proceeds to benefit the Alzheimer's Association!





Puhl's True Value Hardware Presents
Check For $549 During
Puhl's 40th Anniversary
Jan Puhl-Przybylski, Diane Baughn, and Nancy Puhl 
40th Anniversary Celebration
During the weekend of April 21 & 22, Puhl's True Value Hardware in Wauwatosa celebrated 40 years in business. As part of their weekend festivities, they held a bucket sale.  Customers could purchase large plastic buckets for $1 -with proceeds to benefit the Alzheimer's Association - and in return, the customers received 20% off all the merchandise they cut fit in their bucket!
John Puhl, a metallurgical engineer by trade, started the family owned and operated business in 1972.  He had  always wanted to own a hardware store and acquired an existing Badger Paint store in Greendale and turned it into a small Coast to Coast hardware store.  Years later he moved the store to larger location and it became aligned with True Value. He eventually expanded his operations to Wauwatosa, and Mukwonago. The Wauwatosa store is now the only store that remains open.
Mr. Puhl's three daughters, Jan, Nancy, and Carolyn took over the business when Mr. Puhl retired and operate it today. In 2002, Mr. Puhl was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. His wife is currently living with severe dementia, which is why the Puhl girls wanted to celebrate the company's 40th Anniversary by contributing to the Alzheimer's Association.  According to Jan, " We couldn't have done it without our great employees and all our loyal customers." 
Thank you Puhl's!  And best wishes for the next 40 years!


The Longest Day - Premieres June 20Longest Day
The Longest Day™ is a sunrise-to-sunset relay event to raise funds to fuel the care, support and research efforts of the Alzheimer's Association.  The event premieres this year and will be held on
June 20 - the longest day of the year.
The Longest Day challenges participants to push their physical limits and complete 16 hours of consecutive endurance activities such as biking, running or walking. It's one day to honor the passion, dedication and strength displayed by people with Alzheimer's and their caregivers every day.
If you're interested in forming a relay team to participate in this year's event, please click here.
Learn more about the event by watching this video.

Education, Programs, and Support

We are offering numerous education programs, conferences and support groups for caregivers in the next months. To view our education calendar which features a complete listing of the programs offered in your community, click here. For a listing of caregiver support groups, click here.

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