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    This year's annual Alzheimer's Association Making Memories wine tasting and auction fundraiser will truly be, based on its 2011 theme, "An Affair to Remember."

    Friday, February 18, at Horseshoe Casino in Elizabeth, Indiana, the wine tasting will feature a selection of Brown-Forman wines, the auction's highlight will be the bidding of a South African safari, and the evening will include dinner and live music. The event begins at 6:30 p.m., with dinner and the auction following at 8:00 p.m.

    The Making Memories fundraiser benefits programs of the Alzheimer's Association's Greater Kentucky & Southern Indiana Chapter, including its 24-hour helpline, Medic Alert/Safe Return Program, family support groups, and respite for caregivers. The Mudd sisters, a local group of women who have become champions in the fight against Alzheimer's Disease are this year's Honorary Chairpersons. The sisters' mother, Trudy Mudd, has suffered from Alzheimer's for 20 years.

    Open seating tickets to the Making Memories event are $100 per person, or $1,500 for a table sponsorship including a reserved table for 10. To purchase your tickets, contact DeeAnna Esslinger at 502-451-4266. For Making Memories guests, the Horseshoe Casino Hotel is offering a discounted room rate of just $129/night.

    Alzheimer's is a brain disease that is not a normal part of aging, and progressively affects memory, thinking and behavior. While the majority of sufferers are elderly, up to 5% are only in their 40s and 50s. According to Alzheimer's Association statistics, between 2000 and 2006, deaths from Stroke, Prostate Cancer, Breast Cancer, Heart Disease, and HIV have declined. Due to the population's longer life span as a result of effective treatment of disease, and paired with it, the aging baby boomer generation, Alzheimer's deaths have increased 46%, and will continue to rise. Just this month, President Obama signed the National Alzheimer's Project Act (NAPA) into law. In a statement about the new legislation, the Alzheimer's Association said, "Given the scale of the Alzheimer epidemic adn the growing number of Americans directly affected every single day, NAPA will provide an essential framework within the government that recognizes the Alzheimer crisis is no longer emerging but is here."

    The Alzheimer's Association continues to host events year round. You or a team can participate in any number of annual walks, including one in Louisville; galas throughout the country; workplace giving; and more. Supporters can even host their own fundraising events. The Alzheimer's Association also hosts three urban scavenger hunts called QUASH - Quest to Unravel Alzheimer's Scavenger Hunt, with an April 2011 event planned for Indianapolis.

    Visit for more information about Alzheimer's Disease, how to get involved, and to identify risk factors, warning signs, and information on living with the disease.

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    Photo: Courtesy of the Alzheimer's Association

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    About Rachel Hurd Anger

    Rachel is a freelance writer who enjoys running in our metro parks, drinking local beer, and raising suburban chickens. Most recently she has contributed to a special edition of Chickens magazine.

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