2016 Family Portrait Luncheon

2016 Family Portrait Luncheon

More than 340,000 people in Texas are living with Alzheimer’s, and by 2050, as many as 16 million will have the disease. But when Alzheimer’s touches your life, the Alzheimer’s Association of Southeast Texas will be there for you.

But right now, Southeast Texas needs to be there for the Alzheimer’s Association.

The fifth annual Family Portrait Luncheon, benefitting the programs of the Alzheimer’s Association in Southeast Texas, will be held Tuesday, Nov. 15, at the MCM Eleganté Hotel Grand Ballroom with doors opening at 11 a.m. Luncheon and program will begin at 11:30 a.m.

A limited number of individual seats are available for $75, and can be purchased by calling (409) 833-1613.

Sponsorships and underwriting opportunities are available from $1,500-$15,000 for tables of 10 as well as individual seat sponsorships from $150-$1,500. The Family Portrait Luncheon will honor and remember family members and friends who have been affected by Alzheimer’s and related dementias.

Money raised will help fund dementia specific educational programs, care consultations, the 24/7 HELPline, and early-stage memory loss programs in Southeast Texas, as well as fund research to find the cause and a cure for Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias.

“We want to create awareness and educate the community about Alzheimer’s disease and caregiver strategies in Beaumont and Southeast Texas,” said Lindsey Ramey, Alzheimer’s Association Southeast Texas outreach coordinator.

Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive brain disorder that damages and eventually destroys brain cells, leading to memory loss and changes in thinking and other brain functions. It usually develops slowly and gradually gets worse as brain function declines and brain cells eventually wither and die. Ultimately, Alzheimer’s is fatal, and currently, there is no cure.

The cost of caring for those with Alzheimer’s and other dementias was estimated at $226 billion in 2015, increasing to $1.1 trillion (in today’s dollars) by mid-century.

Nearly one in every three seniors who dies each year has Alzheimer’s or another dementia. Women are at the epicenter of the Alzheimer’s crisis. Almost two-thirds of American seniors living with Alzheimer’s disease are women. Not only are women likely to have Alzheimer’s, they are also more likely to be caregivers of those with Alzheimer’s.

The event chairs of the Family Portrait Luncheon are Judy McManus Manuel and Shelley Tortorice, and honorary chairs are Dr. and Mrs. Garrett Peel.

This year’s guest speaker is Kim Campbell of North Carolina. After graduating with a degree in dance and drama, she traveled to New York City where she became a dancer at Radio City Music Hall. During her time in New York, she met country/pop artist Glen Campbell.

After a whirlwind romance, they were married in 1982 and planted their roots in Phoenix, Arizona. A consummate homemaker, Kim and her husband grew in their relationship with the Lord and instilled their unyielding faith in their three children — Cal, Shannon and Ashley.

In 2005, they moved to Malibu, California, to be closer to their children. Kim gave constant support to her husband who continued to awe the world with his musical prowess.

In 2011, Glen was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, and Kim stood by her husband through a tumultuous sea of adversity. She and her husband courageously decided to share his battle with the disease by inviting filmmakers James Keach and Trevor Albert to document Glen’s “Goodbye Tour.” She was by his side every step of the way for what turned out to be an extensive, 151-show world tour culminating in the documentary Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me.

In 2013, Kim and Glen made the move to Nashville. Her time now revolves around spending time with Glen at his memory support community and raising awareness for Alzheimer’s patients and their caregivers.

Glen, now 80, spent more than 50 years in show business releasing more than 70 albums selling 45 million records with timeless songs like “Rhinestone Cowboy” and “Galveston.”

He made history in 1967 by winning four Grammy Awards and went on to star in movies and his own variety show called The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour on CBS.

The 2015 Beaumont Family Portrait Luncheon had approximately 500 attendees and raised more than $130,000 for Alzheimer’s educational programs, care and support groups in Southeast Texas, and for research.

“We want everyone to know that we do have a local Alzheimer Association, which helps local families,” said Ramey. “They can come in and tell us whatever their needs are and we can get them an individual care plan. A lot of people don’t realize there is a local place and so they can feel alone. We are here, and we care.”

The Alzheimer’s Association is the world’s leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s research, care and support. Its mission is 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. They are the brains behind saving yours.

The Alzheimer Association of Southeast Texas is at 700 North St., Suite M in Beaumont. For more information about the Alzheimer's Association, call (800) 272-3900 or view online alz.org/texas.