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MEDIA CONTACT: Christine Dardet
561-297-3029, cdardet@fau.edu

Caring Hearts Auxiliary Sponsors and Walkers Raise $328,000 to Benefit FAU’s Louis and Anne Green Memory and Wellness Center

BOCA RATON, FL (December 15, 2011) – Sponsors of the Caring Hearts Auxiliary of Florida Atlantic University’s Louis and Anne Green Memory and Wellness Center, along with 400 walkers, raised $328,000 at the sixth annual Keep Memories Alive “Steppin’ to the Oldies, Bobby Socks Optional!” walk affair. 

The presenting sponsor was Bobby Campbell, who recruited 60 people for his own team.  Christine E. Lynn was the honorary ambassador, Elaine J. Wold was the honorary chair, and the honorary family was Melissa and Michael Berg.

“The spirit and generosity of our walkers and sponsors never cease to amaze us,” said Morgan Green, who co-chaired the walk with fellow Caring Hearts Auxiliary board member Debbie Gonzalez and auxiliary member Kelli-Ann Bloechinger. “Everyone who participates leaves with the satisfaction of knowing that their dollars provide valuable financial support to people dealing with memory loss and their caregivers.” 

Legal Sea Foods hosted a festive party to kickoff the walk and honor sponsors.  More than 80 sponsors and guests attended the event in which Legal Sea Foods chef Lee Tucker and general manager Scott Garver planned an amazing spread of delicious appetizers for everyone to enjoy. Last year’s event raised $180,000.

“The Caring Hearts Auxiliary walk committee outdid themselves once again this year,” said Kathleen Valentine, R.N., Ph.D., director of the Memory and Wellness Center.  “Their dedication to the Center, combined with our walkers’ generosity, provides critical financial support to enable our staff to provide continued care for our Day Center participants, their caregivers and our community.”

The Memory and Wellness Center, located on FAU’s Boca Raton campus, is part of FAU’s Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and averages 16,000 visits per year.  The Center offers a wide range of services and programs to individuals with mild to moderate memory disorders, including Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia. Visits begin with a comprehensive memory evaluation.  The evaluation results often help diagnose a memory disorder and develop a treatment plan in cooperation with a patient’s physicians. The Center provides an active and secure place for families to bring spouses or parents who are experiencing memory loss, and the caregiver support programs have a positive impact on life at home.

For more information on the Caring Hearts Auxiliary or Louis and Anne Green Memory and Wellness Center, call 561-297-4066 or visit www.fau.edu/memorywellnesscenter.  You can also follow the Center on Facebook by searching for:  Louis and Anne Green Memory and Wellness Center at FAU.

-FAU-

About Florida Atlantic University:

Florida Atlantic University’s Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing is committed to nurturing the wholeness of persons and environment through Caring.

Florida Atlantic University, established in 1961, officially opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. In commemoration of its origin, FAU is celebrating its 50th anniversary throughout 2011. Today, the University serves more than 29,000 undergraduate and graduate students on seven campuses and sites. FAU’s world-class teaching and research faculty serves students through 10 colleges: the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters, the College of Business, the College for Design and Social Inquiry, the College of Education, the College of Engineering and Computer Science, the Graduate College, the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science. FAU is ranked as a High Research Activity institution by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. For more information, visit www.fau.edu.

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