There are very few of us who do not have or know an acquaintance, friend, relative, or loved one who has not, in some way, been touched by Alzheimer’s Disease.
In fact, according to the Alzheimer’s Association’s Connecticut Chapter, there are currently:
- 80,000 people living with Alzheimer’s disease in Connecticut, and;
- Approximately 160,000 caregivers, many of whom are unpaid family members and friends.
Undeniably, Alzheimer’s Disease is an arduous journey that requires love, patience, understanding, and a strong support system for both the patient and caregiver. And, since 1980, the Alzheimer’s Association has been doing just that, recognizing the importance of “uniting caregivers, providing support to those facing Alzheimer’s and advancing research into the disease.”
Czepiga Daly Pope & Perri proudly continues its support of this vital organization and those that it helps, in the fight against Alzheimer’s Disease and dementia, and was happy to lend our support – and our feet! – to two great fundraisers for the Alzheimer’s Association’s Connecticut chapter.
The 2022 Walk to End Alzheimer’s was held nationwide and is the world’s largest fundraiser for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Czepiga Daly Pope & Perri was happy to support two of the Connecticut walk locations – Western Connecticut, which was held in New Milford and Greater Hartford held at Pratt & Whitney Stadium in East Hartford.
Together these two walks alone raised over $400,000!
And, truly walking the walk was CDPP Chief Operating Officer Rich Stroiney, who laced up his sneakers for the cause and headed up the Czepiga Team for the October 2022 walk at Rentschler Field.
A second event, A Dance to Remember, held at Duncaster in Bloomfield, is modeled after the popular reality show, Dancing with the Stars. This friendly competition featured 8 local “celebrity” novice dancers paired with professional dancers from Arthur Murray Dance Studios and judges.
And, literally stepping up was our own, paralegal Toni Sargent! Toni, who took lessons from her professional dance partner for just a few weeks prior to the event, performed a flawless tango (to the soothing sounds of Metallica, no less!) for the appreciative crowd. And although a bit nervous (who wouldn’t be!?), Toni confirmed that the entire experience was so much fun and “had been a total blast!”
Managing Partner, Attorney Brendan Daly, a former king of the ballroom himself at this event, also lent a hand (or two) for the event, serving as one of the four judges on the panel.
The night was truly a fun and amazing event to be a part of! And, most importantly, A Dance to Remember raised over $6,000 – all of which stays right here in Connecticut – in support of people living with and managing Alzheimer’s and other dementias, their caregivers, advocacy, research, education and public information related to Alzheimer’s Disease.
To learn more about the Alzheimer’s Association, ways you can help, or if you are in need of support or services, visit their website at www.alz.org/ct.
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