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Alzheimer’s care supporters gather before their big fundraiser

A collegial gathering of supporters for Alzheimer’s Community Care’s upcoming Seasons of Life luncheon.

“We always have a pre-event, but not always in such an elegant setting,” president and CEO Mary Barnes said at The Residences Mandarin Oriental Boca Raton, also a sponsor.

CBS-12 anchor Liz Quirantes will emcee “Summer Time” at 11 a.m. Tuesday Dec. 10 at St. Andrews Country Club. Michaela Paige, a finalist on the “The Voice,” will perform. The luncheon speaker is Robert Stone, executive producer of “Those on the Front Lines of Alzheimer’s & Dementia.”

“My mother magnificent Mary had Alzheimer’s in England eight years,” said co-chair Linda Spielmann about her involvement. Now director of philanthropy for American Cancer Society Southeast Region, she formerly worked at St. Andrew’s. Gloria Hosh is the co-chair.

ACC provides care for patients and caregivers and has an upbeat message for families: “Where there is help, there’s hope.”

Among their programs are specialized care centers, a 24-hour crisis line, nurse consultants and an ID locator service.

“This is our major fundraiser in south county. It gives families an understanding of how a local organization can help,” Barnes said.

Among the guests and sponsors were Rosemary and Ben Krieger. Luncheon tickets at $115.

By Marci Shatzman

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