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JUNE, 2013
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.


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On Father's Day - Honor The Man in Your Life with a Gift that Could Change the Future!

A gift this June to the Alzheimer's Association Challenge Match is a really smart way to honor Dad! Skip the necktie, the belt and the barbecue tongs.  He's already got those. Do a little Big Thing this year and make a contribution to the Alzheimer's Association.  All new and increased gifts will be matched and doubled by a special group of friends up to a total of $200,000.


This unique gift will honor Dad in a way that no other traditional gift can.  Let him know that you are not only thinking of him but do it in a way that shows you care about putting an end to Alzheimer's disease, and supporting those individuals who are currently living with it.


We've made it easy to donate through our secure Paytrace website.  You can make a lump sum gift, or you can have your gift debited daily, weekly, bi-monthly or monthly via credit card or checking account. Make A Donation Now!


Today's Courage, Tomorrow's Hope
~Stories from the Alzheimer's Journey ~     
The Harringtons
The Harringtons
(from left) Pee Wee, Tim, Jr.,
Rob and Tim, Sr.
Tim Harrington, Sr. lost his 10 year struggle with Alzheimer's disease four years ago.  To honor the memory of their father, an avid golfer, sons Rob and Tim, Jr. created the Harrington Open in 2010, a family run golf outing to raise funds to assist others living with the disease, and to accelerate Alzheimer's research.  In it's first three years, the Harrington Open has raised nearly $30,000 for the Alzheimer's Association, Southeastern Wisconsin chapter.
Read the Harrington story here and find out why fighting Alzheimer's disease has become such a passion for this Southeastern Wisconsin family. 


For more information about the 2013 Harrington Open on August 10th, click here. 


A Visit With My Father

                                                  ~a poem by Rob Harrington ~


by the lake  


At night I watch him read

a story with many pages.

What's the payoff

of a mystery that ends in a mystery

of a story without a beginning?


He takes me on a walk

to his usual haunts

the clubhouse across the road

Frank and Barb's by the lake.

Everyone is talking

except for him. Only his

eyes are engaged.


Muscles have memories,

and his are good.

He golfs, swims, walks, skis.

He can drive a car.

But we don't let him drive.


This morning I leave him


He looks nervous.

So am I.

It's a morning like countless before.

None I remember.


Rob Harrington wrote this poem after visiting his father Tim Harrington, Sr. in 2005 at the Cottage.  Mr. Harrington passed away in 2009 while living with Alzheimer's disease.  


2013 Longest Day  


Join us on the Longest Day of the Year - Friday, June 21

Team Hlavacek
Executive Director 
Tom Hlavacek is ready!


Executive Director Tom Hlavacek has his Longest Day team signed you have yours?  The Longest Day is an endurance event on Friday, June 21st.  From sunrise to sunset, gather your friends and do something you love to make a difference. Whether it's biking  or running, walking, playing cards, kayaking, cooking or swing dancing, the funds you raise will help to advance the care, support and research efforts of the Alzheimer's. 


For people facing Alzheimer's disease, this challenge is every day. For you, it's just one. Sign up now to show that you're in it until Alzheimer's is finished.  


Intrigued?  Contact Kendra Albers at 414.479.8800 or for information.


If you want to support Team Hlavacek by making a donation click here


It's Summer - Have you had your WALK today?  
Sheboygan County launches new 
Walk to End Alzheimer's Video 
Fundraising Champion Scott Rejholec (left) joins Walk committee member Bill Horsch at 2012 Walk to End Alzheimer's

The Walk to End Alzheimer's in Sheboygan County, led by Walk Chairs Connie Thimmig, Wendy Limberg, and Don Seymour, produced a video this Spring that will greatly enhance efforts to promote the Walk to a broader group of individuals, businesses and organizations.
Special thanks to Lauren Schmitt of Double Vision Films for generously donating all the videography, editing and post- production services involved in creating this amazing video!


"We are so fortunate to have this platform to share the personal stories of individuals from Sheboygan County who have been impacted by Alzheimer's disease in an effort to motivate others to support the Walk through participation or donation," said Connie Thimmig.  "It is an honor and privilege to work on this effort.  I encourage you to post the video on your website or Facebook and welcome the opportunity to show this video to your employees and community or church groups.  Please contact me at or 920.284.6584 to arrange." 

The Alzheimer's Association would also like to thank all the individuals who shared their personal stories for the video - Scott Rejholec, Cal Drossel, Attorney Todd Basler, George Baskfield, Jane Kautzer and Patty Burkart.
Take a few minutes to be inspired - WATCH the video now on youtube

All committees are in session and the planning is underway for the 2013 Walk to End Alzheimer's season!  Save the Date, register your team, or donate today! 



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Please visit the homepage for information on the walk nearest you!  



Treasure -  An Evening to Remember
Tom Strini and Lee Ann Garrison
Tom Strini and Lee Ann Garrison 
Honorary Treasure Emcees

Our French soiree and arty party, Treasure, was a HUGE success!  In our second year, we raised more than $45,000 to further the mission of the Memories in the Making® program and the Alzheimer's Association - and we're still counting!


If you weren't able to attend the event but want to make a contribution to further the mission of the Alzheimer's Association and the Memories in the Making program - please contact Kendra Albers at 414.479.8800!   


Treasure would not have been possible without the backing of our generous sponsors: Martin Schreiber & Associates, RW Baird Foundation, Hunt Memorial Trust, Direct Supply Inc., Brown-Forman Corporation, ComForCare Home Care, Lutheran Home & Harwood Place, Milwaukee Catholic Home, Milwaukee County Department on Aging, Park Bank, St. Camillus, Stowell Associates, The Villa at Bradley Estates, Nita Soref, Nelson Irvings & Wessels SC, Mike Armitage, and St. Anne's Salvatorian Campus.  


Thank you's also go out to the amazing chefs who created fantastic dishes for our guests to enjoy: Burke Candy, La Merenda, La Scala Italian Community Center, Milwaukee Sail Loft, The Soup Market, Sprecher Brewing Company, Starbucks, Suzy's Cream Cheesecakes, Verduras Tea House & Café, and West Allis Cheese & Sausage Shoppe.


To the framers who so beautifully framed the one-of-a-kind pieces, we thank you! -  Charles David's Sons, Inc, Cobblestone Limited, Frame and Fabric, Framers Workshop, Gallery 1, Greenwood Park Gallery & Framing, Leslie Davis Preservation Framing, Milwaukee Moulding & Frame, Manders Picture Framing, PJ's Frame & Gallery, and Tartan Design Framing Services.

And finally, a big thank you to these key event participants: 
Honorary emcee's - Tom Strini, Senior Editor and Arts Critic, Third Coast Daily online cultural magazine and Lee Ann Garrison, Executive Director, Peck School of the Arts' Design Research Institute and Art and Design Associate Professor, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. 
Guest AuctioneerFrank Gimbel, Founding Partner, Gimbel Reilly Guerin & Brown, LLP, Attorneys at Law.

Fine artists - Pamela Anderson, Ann Baer, Fred Bell, William E. Burke, Sally Duback, Jennifer Hellermann, James Hempel, Pat Hidson, Tom Hlavacek, Barb Hayden, Frank Juarez, Kathryn E. Martin, Mary Ellen Mueller, Kris Reicher, Melissa Dorn Richards, Alice Struck, Richard Taylor, Della Wells, Jason Yi & Jenna Knapp.

Event Photographer - Jessica Lauren Photography


We look forward to seeing you next year for this amazing cultural event!


Join us for a Women's Garden Party in Port Washington!

Tiara Party #2
Wear your Tiara and join us in the Garden!


You are invited to attend the 5th tri-annual Women's Garden Party, Saturday, July 27th from 12:00 pm. to 3:00pm at the home of Allyson Meredith Olivier, 802 Hales Trail, Port Washington, WI 53074.


This year's party will be in memory of Allyson's mom, Patricia Arvan, who passed away from complications of Alzheimer's.  There is no charge for this event-just big girls having fun!  Guests are asked to consider bringing a $20.00 donation with them to support the Alzheimer's Association's special program supporting those with early stage Alzheimer's.  Those who contribute $50.00 or more will receive a special memento to take home with them.  Every donation will be doubled through our Challenge Match for Alzheimer's Support.  


Expect great food, music, dancing and FUN FUN FUN!  


Tiara Party #1
Food - Music - Dancing - Fun!

Did we mention Cabana Boys will be on hand to serve you?  


Enjoy silent auction and a 50/50 raffle.  All women are asked to wear a Tiara and there will be a be a lovely prize for the tiara voted the GRANDEST--You can buy one, make one, borrow one, or dust off the one in your attic.


This is a unique event meant to provide joy for one afternoon.  Make sure to invite friends and loved ones to join you because it's a party you won't soon forget.


Contact Allyson Olivier at 262-284-1054 or 262-385-1129, or email to for details or to RSVP by July 19th.


Like the Women's Garden Tiara Party on Facebook - and keep track of all the cool things that are happening!



Barb's Got the Buzz - Don't Stress Out Over the Doc!
Barb's Buzz
Barbara Cheek Johnson

In her newest blogpost, Barbara Cheek Johnson, a journalist living with early stage Alzheimer's disease, found that being carefree and easy going really helped her get through the dreaded visit to the doctor.  
Connect to Barb's newest post at  
where she chuckles her way through the experience.

Forget Me Not Days = a Blooming Success! 
Forget Me Not Days 2013
Banker's Life and Casualty Company - Germantown team

The team at Banker's Life and Casualty Company in Germantown raised over $1,900 May 17 and 18 during their 10th annual Forget Me Not Days to benefit the Alzheimer's Association.  Employees across the country raise money to advance research and provide essential programs and education for those impacted by Alzheimer's and dementia. Last year, Banker's Life employees across the nation raised over $350,000 in their annual drive. 


Thank You Banker's Life and Casualty Company for your continued dedication to the cause! 




Coming Up - Alzheimer's Association Classes 


MusicSpeak!  The role of Music in Memory-Loss Care Music note

  • learn how the universal language of music can positively affect mood and behavior changes in this program sponsored by the Aging and Disability Resource Center of Sheboygan County   
June 26
4:00 - 6:00 p.m.
1500 Douglas Drive. - Plymouth   

Registration required - contact Ginny at 920.838.1311 or
Living with Moderate Alzheimer's Disease         

  • a three part program for caregivers that addresses symptoms and care needs, relationship changes, safety concerns, preparing for an emergency, and respite care.

Monday, July 15, 22, 29 

5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

First Congregational Church 

310 Bluff Ave. - Sheboygan 

Registration required - contact Ginny Nyhuis at 920.838.1311or



Living with Alzheimer's Disease - Late Stage   Caregiver

  • a two session program offers caregivers the opportunity to learn about the late stages of Alzheimer's disease and related dementias
  • offers information on providing care, communication, developing resources, working with a care team, and providing an optimal end-of-life experience.

Thursday, July 11 and 18  

1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Alzheimer's Association

620 S. 76th Street, Suite 160,  - Milwaukee


Registration required - contact Krista Scheel at 414.479.8800


The Savvy Caregiver Early Stage
  • a 6 week course providing clinical-level training for family caregivers
  • $30 workshop fee includes caregiver manual and CD 

Every Thursday from July 25 through August 29 

6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Aurora Sinai Medical Center

960 N. 12th Street - Milwaukee


Registration required - contact Krista Scheel at 414.479.8800 


Living with Alzheimer's disease - Early Stage Early Stage

  • a three part program geared for individuals living with early stage Alzheimer's disease and their care partners
July 29, August 5 and 12 
1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Waupun Library

123 S. Forest Street - Waupun 


Registration required - contact Ginny Nyhuis at 920.838.1311 or Bonnie Beam-Stratz at 920.728.4088



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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