Sylvia Mackey honored at Alzheimer's Association Memory Ball

Alzheimer's Association,

for the 12th year, again hosted its mega-successful annual "Memory Ball" at Baltimore Marriott Waterfront Hotel.


The well-deserving honoree this year was beautiful and charming Sylvia Mackey, an advocate for Alzheimer's research for many years, and wife of the late John Mackey, the legendary Baltimore Colts right end, NFL Hall of Famer and one-time NFL Players Association president.

When bizarre behavior manifested itself in 2001, John was diagnosed with Frontal Temporal Dementia. His dedicated, loving wife and full-time care giver, Sylvia, championed his struggle with this debilitating illness and has been a spokeswoman for the Alzheimer's organization for many years.


Financially strapped, Sylvia's encouragement to the NFL for financial assistance, led to the "88 Plan," marking John's Baltimore Colts jersey number. This plan provides financial support to families of NFL players affected by this debilitating illness, dementia.

Despite Sylvia's tender loving care (TLC), John Mackey succumbed to this illness July, 2011. Sylvia is keeping his memory alive by helping other families affected by Alzheimer's disease not only in Baltimore, but across our country.

Her emotional story about her wonderful husband, John, has brought awareness of the impact of younger-onset dementia and has helped improve how concussions are treated in sports.

Everyone, especially the Alzheimer's Association, appreciates Sylvia Mackey's personal story and involvement to help others afflicted with this dementia.

In Sylvia's honor, corporate sponsor, Pizza Hut of Maryland, presented a $5,000 gift in her name, to the Alzheimer's Association to support research efforts.


An added bonus to this annual Alzheimer's Association Memory Ball is the "Dancing Stars" competition, with eight to 10 dancing couples in attractive dancing attire performing during dinner hour. Each garner dollars to benefit the Alzheimer's Association.

This year's Dancing Stars included Sandy Hittman and John McCraw; Heather Roberts and Dan Hamn; Dr. Mark Myerson and Dr. Ginger Kranz; Tony Foreman and Yana Mazhnikova; Renee Wooding and John Alzamora; Ellen Brooks and John Dawson; Dr. Stephen Yang and Marivic Yang; Kathleen Chagnon and Genya Bartashevich; Jeanne Kozlowski and Carlos Pablon.

Similar to the television version "Dancing with the Stars" each was paired with a professional dancer. Plus, there was a panel of judges offering opinions to all the dancing couples.

Judges included Maryland First Lady, Judge Katie O'Malley; Jacqueline Marhefka; Memory Ball 2011 champion Beth Kaplan; and professor of neurosurgery, oncology, plastic surgery and pediatrics, and director of pediatrics neurosurgery and co-director of The Johns Hopkins Cranio-facial Center, world-renown Dr. Benjamin Carson.

Two trophies were presented at the culmination of this fab evening, after adding up dollars raised by the individual couples.

Runners up for the Judge's Choice Trophy for best technical skill were Dr. Mark Myerson and Dr. Virginia Kranz, who danced the swing. The Judge's Choice Trophy winners were Tony Foreman and Yana Mazhnikova who danced a fab rhumba.

Combined, the Dancing Stars raised $219,000. Kathleen Chagnon, the You're Our Star Runner-up, raised $47,133 and Tony Foreman, the Your Our Star Winner, raised a phenomenal $60,399!

Overall, this "Dancing Stars" themed event garnered more than $350,000 that included the dancing participants, 700 guests, and sponsorships. Fabulous!

Dr. George Bittar and Terri Taber co-chaired this year's event. Their active committee included Lorinda Belzberg, Dr. Deborah Bittar, Deb Donofrio, Lisa Hawkins, Ernestine Jones Jolivet, Joyce Kuhns, Susan Boltansky Mann, Patricia Mitchell, Lori Pollack, Jane Sewell and Ellen Yankellow.

Jamie Costello, ABC2 News anchor, did a great job as master of ceremonies for this event.

Chad Malkus is president, Alzheimer's Greater Baltimore Chapter; John Schulze Jr., vice president; Cathy Neuman, secretary; Brian Scheinberg, treasurer.

Cass Naugle is executive director; Lisa Boccia, development director; Rolanda Oliner, event coordinator. Caryn Sagal, was the very efficient public relations for this event.

Marriott Hotel catered the delicious filet mignon and jumbo large crab cake.

Dancing was to the fab beat of the band "Round Midnight."

Listed are a few of the 700 guests: Susie and Dr. Chuck Mann, Lorinda and Dr. Allan Belzberg, Larry Boltansky, Jeffrey Weiner, Kandice Scherr and Dr. Richard Madow, Margie and Bob Daniels, Jill and Eric Becker, Brenda Wilson and Barry Greenberg, Judi and Steve Fader, Phyllis and Dr. Ron Schuster.Here are some tips and facts from the Alzheimer's Association:
Warning signs of Alzheimer's
Memory changes that disrupt daily life
Challenges in planning or solving problems
Difficulty completing familiar tasks
Confusion with time or place
Trouble understanding visual images and spatial relationships
New problems with speaking or writing
Misplacing things and losing the ability to retrace steps
Decreased or poor judgment
Withdrawal from work or social activities
Changes in mood and personality

Sobering statistics:

5.4 million people are now living with Alzheimer's and this number is expected to grow to as many as 16 million by 2050

Alzheimer's is the sixth leading cause of death in America and fifth leading cause of death for peoples ages 65 and older

Every 68 seconds someone in America develops Alzheimer's disease, and by mid-century someone will develop Alzheimer's every 33 seconds

Approximately 200,000 Americans below age 65 have younger onset Alzheimer's

One in eight individuals age 65 and over (13 percent) has Alzheimer's disease

In Maryland, more than 86,000 people have Alzheimer's disease

Alzheimer's is the only cause of death among the top 10 in the United States without a way to prevent, cure or even slow its progression.

Close to half of people ages 85 and older (45 percent) have Alzheimer's disease.

The Alzheimer's Association provides education, advances research and advocates for funding to support care and research.

There are support groups, safety services, early-stage dementia programs, conferences, live seminars, telephone seminars, book and audiovisual lending library, and care consultations available.

For more information, call the association's 24/7 helpline at 1-800-272-3900.The Greater Baltimore Chapter serves the following areas: Allegany, Anne Arundel, Baltimore City, Baltimore, Caroline, Carroll, Cecil, Dorchester, Frederick, Garrett, Howard, Harford, Kent, Queen Anne's, Somerset, Talbot, Washington, Wicomico and Worcester Counties.

The Central Maryland office is located at 1850 York Road, Suite D, in Timonium.

For more info, or to make a contribution, call 410-561-9099, or go to http://www.alz.org/Maryland, or http://www.facebook.com/marylandalz

Lifecycle simcha celebrations

A very happy and a few belated birthday greetings to family, friends, co-workers, neighbors and community celebrating 30-something, more or less. Also a sprinkling of kids, tween/teens and seniors (recycled teenagers):

Ted Hoffberg, Leonard Sachs, Dr. Carolyn Susel, Dr. Eileen Coelus, Dr. Ann Zimrin, Fran Fine, Ettadeane Epstein, Cheryl Kovens, Dr. David Dopkin, Dr. Harry Brandt, Dr. Allan Gelber, Eddie Stringer, Eileen Chait, Lil Sobol, Gail Potashnick, Bernie Linkoff, Chuck Silverman, Dave Hirsch, Fran Manekin, Laurie Reamer, Jim Barrish, Eric Waller, Matt Hemelt, Jacquie Brager.

And, Al Polovoy, Don Milsten, Joanna Golden, Phyllis Bloom, Melvin Gary, Howard Ashkin, Steve Stadd, Cathy Cohen, Hilda Rhodes, Janet Trosch, Rus Moglinay, Rob Kershner, Jeffrey and Michelle Gillis, Jeffrey and Michelle Gillis, Jill Linkoff, Pam Peterson, Scott Toback, Bernie Hoffman, Mary Saylor, Harold Freeman, Manny Levin, Ed Goodman, Linda Brody, Chris Kent, Justan Goldstein, Steve Caplan, Karen Marino, Flora Friedman and Sallie Palmer.

Happy kids birthdays to Rose Meliker and Michael Schechter.

Happy, happy birthday to each and every-one and those celebrating birthdays not listed!

Hope you all enjoyed oodles of ice cream, cake and goodies. Especially the goodies! Yes!

Engagement congrats

Allison Block to Kevin Ehrlich


Best wishes for wedded bliss: Holly (Robinson) and Michael Davidoff


Welcome to this trio of adorable precious bundles of joy:

A son, Judah Saxon, to Shira and Avi Gerver

A daughter, Hannah Blythe, to Claire and Dan Stolzer

A son, Jack Elliott Jacobs, to Reanna Jacobs and Jim Cornblatt

Mazel Tov to all! Enjoy with oodles of kisses and a few lovable squeezes on their eensie, weensie tiny diapered tushes!

Anniversary congrats

A whopper gorgeous (diamond) 60th anniversary to Selma and Jules Shaivitz.

WOW! 60 years! Fantabulous! We all wish Selma and Jules many, many more wonderful anniversary celebrations with good health and happiness! Yes!

Ringing in their (golden) big 5-0, half-century anniversary are Frida and Dr. Moises Fraiman.

A wonderful 49th anniversary, Mr. and Mrs. Marv Cohen. A fab 47th anniversary, Barb and Joe Kaplan, Bev and Howard Goldstein.

A fab 39th anniversary to Stephanie and Ron Attman. A great 32nd anniversary Ellen and Paul Saval. A very happy 31st anniversary, Dr.s Naomi Cutler and George Weiner, Janet and David Ring.

A very enjoyable 27th anniversary, Angela and Darrell Alexander. A very happy 26th anniversary to Jackie and Dr. Jerry Fleishman, Barb Korenblit and Dave Beller. Celebrating their (silver) 25th, quarter-century anniversary are Sherry and Jeff Feldman, Deb and Walt Jacobs. A wonderful 21st anniversary Karen and Tom Scherr, Mr. and Mrs. Eric Levitt, Mr. and Mrs. Phil Fink, Dr. and Mrs. Jeffrey Tabak. An enjoyable 20th anniversary Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey Elkin.

A fab 17th anniversary Sue Scharf and Larry Bush. An enjoyable 16th anniversary Suzanne Kantt and Dan Rosen. A beautiful (crystal) 15th anniversary Allyson and Michael Brooks. An enjoyable 10th anniversary Dr. Allison and Brian Habas.

Happy anniversary also Jane and Ron Reifler.

Happy anniversary to all of the above and those celebrating anniversaries not listed! May you all enjoy many, many more wonderful anniversary simchas! L'Chaim!

Shannon and Taylor Stern, tween/teen, young adult and under-30 social columnists

Bat Mitzvah

Mazel Tov Rachel Boos, Zara Schwartz, Zara Plotkin, Ava Weintzweig and Madison Sparks.

Bar Mitzvah

Mazel Tov Ian Malinow.

Happy young adult birthdays to Morgan Sachs, Kathy Ostrow, Amanda Singer, Erin Sullivan, Hana Dudley, Mia Kaufman, Alec Posner, Eric Proper, Jason Ciresi, Aaron Reamer.

Happy 20-something and under-30 birthdays to Mandye Ring, Gabrielle Levinson, Megan Berey, Brooks Myerberg, Rachel Topel, Joey Scurnick, Ben Korman, Adam Stein, Jonathan Campf, Alex Goldvarg.

Happy birthday to all the double-digit, Bat and Bar Mitzvah celebrants , young adult and 20-something and under-30 birthday celebrants not listed!

Happy milestone birthdays all!



Shabbat candle-lighting time, Friday evening, May 11, is 7:52 p.m.

Don't forget Sunday, May 13, is Mother's Day, a day to remember our moms and grandmothers!

Have and enjoy a terrific week everyone!

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