Celebrating Hope 2016 tickets released

Greenwich benefit set for Friday, April 29

The Alzheimer’s Association Connecticut Chapter invites the Fairfield County community to attend Celebrating Hope 2016 in honor of the 73,000 Connecticut residents who are currently living with Alzheimer’s disease and their 177,000 caregivers. The fourth annual benefit will be held from 6:30 to 11 p.m. on Friday, April 29 at L’Escale at the Delamar Hotel in Greenwich.

Tickets ($250 each) are currently available for purchase online or via phone at 860-828-2828. The event will feature dinner, dancing, an extensive live and silent auction, raffle prizes and a powerful speaker. Guests are encouraged to wear the Alzheimer’s signature color purple to the event and to bid on items such as vacation getaways, luxury accessories, and much more.

Celebrating Hope began with six courageous women — sisters Kendra Farn Finz (Greenwich) and Alison Farn Leigh (Greenwich);Lynn Hagerbrant (Greenwich); Lisa Rae Koorbusch (Darien); Cristin Marandino (Stamford); and Sharon Parker (Greenwich). As caregivers, each has confronted the overwhelming obstacles and anguish associated with managing Alzheimer’s disease. In 2013, these women joined together with the hope that they could make a difference. With the support of the Connecticut Chapter, Celebrating Hope was founded. Since its inception, Celebrating Hope has raised more than $500,000 at three sold-out events.

Now in its fourth year, the Celebrating Hope 2016 event committee counts more than 55 members from towns throughout Fairfield County. Greenwich resident Nancy Ozizmir joins Ginge Cabrera and Cristin Marandino as event cochairmen this year. Additional members of the core event committee include Silent Auction cochairmen Lisa Anderson (Darien) and Jeffrey Ruden (Westport);Marketing chairman Sharon Parker (Greenwich); and board chair Lynn Hagerbrant (Greenwich).

The Alzheimer’s Association Connecticut Chapter is grateful to the following Celebrating Hope 2016 sponsors for their support including Champions of Hope – Baywaters Properties, Bregal Investments, Douglas Elliman Real Estate, Granoff Architects, Mr. and Mrs. Dan and Nancy Ozizmir, Mr. and Mrs. Steve and Lyn Black; Leaders of Hope – The Cabrera Family, Edgehill

Maplewood Senior Living; Supporters of Hope – Astrum Care Management, Bozzuto’s Inc. and the Dream Ride Experience, Greenwich Dental Group and Houlihan Lawrence Real Estate; Partners of Hope  – The Bristal Assisted Living, Connecticut Pharmacy, The Greens at Greenwich, Infogroup Media Solutions, InsideOut Partners, Osborn Homecare & H.O.P.E. Center, Task Home Care Services, Barbara Zaccagnini, Sono Bello; Community Partners – Moffly Media, Greenwich Magazine, Richards, Winston Flowers, Horseneck Wine & Liquor, Theresa Rogers, L’Escale at the Delamar Hotel, Travel Sommelier, Darren Humphreys,Simon Teakle Fine Jewelry & Objects.

Multiple event sponsorship opportunities are available. For detailed information visit Celebrating Hope 2016 online or contact Lexi Rodriguez Kennedy at [email protected]/203.984.0003.

The Alzheimer’s Association Connecticut Chapter is the primary source of support for the thousands of Connecticut residents dealing with the effects of Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia. The mission: To eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health.

Celebrating Hope Founders: Kendra Farn Finz and Alison Farn Leigh

“For 12 long years we watched as we slowly lost the most vibrant, beautiful and unbelievably loving mother two girls could ever dream of calling “mom.” She was taken from us far too early. And while hope for her is long gone; we DO have hope for each other, our five daughters, our husbands, and all of our family and friends. The Farn sisters are committed to the fight against Alzheimer’s.”

Lynn Hagerbrant (2016 Board Cochairman)

“Over the last 7 years I have been on a painful and perplexing journey with this terrible thief that is slowly taking my mother’s memories away, Alzheimer’s disease. It is hard to find the words for how helpless one feels to not be able to reach out a hand to stop this horrible progressive loss from happening. As caregivers, we help our loved ones as best we can but go through a slow tortuous grieving process. The period of awareness my mother is experiencing of losing her memories is frightening and the experience of hopelessly standing by in addition to trying to provide some comfort is difficult. This comfort comes in the form of being in the here and now with my dear mother and finding beauty in shared walks in the sunshine with flowers, birds and children playing. We talk over what we are grateful for and express our agreement that we are going to focus on our blessings rather than the darker thoughts. I firmly believe that people who suffer with Alzheimer’s disease need medications but more importantly an extended hand, comforting conversations with those who care and frequent hugs. My prayer and hope is to find a cure to stop the pain and devastation of this horrible disease.”

Lisa Rae Koorbusch

“My mother was at my house the other day, playing with my dog, which is one of the few things she can really enjoy doing anymore. I thought of something I really wanted to talk to her about, needed to talk with her about, but knew I couldn’t. My mother’s sharp sense of humor, her compassionate insight and everything else has been slowly taken away by this very patient and very cruel disease.  My mother is here, but at the same time she is gone.  As someone who is right now watching first hand every week what this disease can do, I am able to feel LESS helpless and more hopeful than ever by working with people who are committed to fighting Alzheimer’s.”

Cristin Marandino (Celebrating Hope 2016 Cochairman)

“My mother was always the first person to step up and help those in need, be it a grand gift or a small gesture. Making people happy, made her happy. On November 18, 2010 I lost a wonderful mother who would quite literally go to the ends of the earth for me. And the world lost a woman who made the world brighter. She died far too young. I know she is looking down and smiling because we are helping people in need.”

Sharon Parker (Celebrating Hope 2016 Marketing Chairman)

“I met my husband and soul mate, in Greenwich in my early 40s. We talked of growing old together and how lucky we were to have met in mid life. About six years later, something wasn’t right with him. His brilliant mind seemed to get stuck without warning. His perfect navigation became flawed and he got lost. His precision in daily tasks became erratically impaired. We thought it was stress having to do with business. After many doctors and multiple tests, the list of potential diseases dwindled. Lew was 57 and diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s. Life changed dramatically. Our journey through loss, pain, fear, care giving, surprises, doctors, hospitals, support groups, hospice, forgetting, remembering, unpredictability, unanswered questions and unfulfilled dreams was devastating. Yet there were comforts in the little blessings, the smiles, the touch, and the moments of recognition and the gift of his life to me.  My husband and soul mate passed away at the age of 62, twelve years after we met. I believe each of us can make a difference and my hope is that we will find a cure to end this horrible disease.

​​Celebrating Hope 2016 cochairmen Ginge Cabrera (Greenwich); Cristin Marandino (Stamford); Nancy Ozizmir (Riverside)

​​Celebrating Hope 2016 cochairmen Ginge Cabrera (Greenwich); Cristin Marandino (Stamford); Nancy Ozizmir (Riverside)

Celebrating Hope 2016 committee members Cristin Marandino, editor, Greenwich Magazine, Nancy Ozizmir, Kendra Farn Finz, Courtney Montgomery, Ginge Cabrera, Sharon Parker, Loretta Lacci, Maria Scaros-Mercado, Carol Burns, Nicole Peluso, MaryKate Donato, all of Greenwich

Celebrating Hope 2016 committee members Cristin Marandino, editor, Greenwich Magazine, Nancy Ozizmir, Kendra Farn Finz, Courtney Montgomery, Ginge Cabrera, Sharon Parker, Loretta Lacci, Maria Scaros-Mercado, Carol Burns, Nicole Peluso, MaryKate Donato, all of Greenwich

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