Young Philanthropists Raise $3 Million to Tackle Alzheimer’s
North Texas professionals mark 10th anniversary with peer-to-peer fundraising milestone
DALLAS, TX. (June 29, 2017) Ten years after setting a goal to raise $20,000, BvB Dallas celebrates raising more than $3 million in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease. In its first year, the organization tripled their goal, garnering $65,000 to fund local research for a cure. Each year for the past decade, BvB Dallas has set ambitious goals to grow awareness, funds, and hope for those facing the disease. Over 1,000 young women and men have contributed to the success by personally raising $1,000 or more each year. Thanks to the passion and dedication of its volunteers, BvB Dallas has experienced unprecedented success. Fundraising records include:
This week’s contributions mark $222,000 raised for the 2017 season, the 10th anniversary of the impressive peer-to-peer movement. This year’s dedicated philanthropists have a goal to raise a total of $600,000, which will be invested in local organizations working to change the future for people facing Alzheimer’s. Recipients of funds are chosen through a competitive grant process that supports scientific advancements and patient support in North Texas. This year’s recipients are:
Baylor AT&T Memory Center:
Beyond the vast array of medical issues that Alzheimer’s disease creates, immense social, emotional, financial, and legal barriers are present for patients and their caretakers. BvB Dallas will fund an on-site Care and Support Specialist to help families navigate these complex concerns through disease education, caregiver skills training, and financial planning.
Center for BrainHealth:
BvB Dallas is providing funding for The Discovery Group, a strength-based program aiming to optimize the abilities of individuals with early stage Alzheimer’s disease. BvB’s funding will also help expand the program to create and pilot targeted education for caregivers, community workshops, and professional seminars that can be replicated throughout the community for a broader impact.
Center for Vital Longevity:
Funding from BvB Dallas will support research aiming to understand the signs of healthy aging compared to that of early stage Alzheimer’s disease. Using a variety of brain scanning techniques, a team of scientists will investigate the idea that changes in the aging brain, such as iron accumulation, and changes in patterns of brain function, may signal a risk for developing Alzheimer’s disease.
BvB Dallas is funding the Clinical Neuropsychology Alzheimer’s Fellowship, an intensive two-year program which provides an opportunity to rapidly develop expertise in the differential diagnosis and treatment of dementia. The BvB Fellow will be involved in cutting edge research related to risk factors for developing Alzheimer’s, factors that affect disease progression, and study of novel treatments, with the goal of advancing the science of this devastating disease.
Money is generated from 200+ men and women who have a passion to raise awareness and support for those fighting Alzheimer’s. For 10 weeks, these young adults personally fundraise money from friends, family, and local corporations. The season culminates in a powder-puff football game where Team Blonde challenges the Bru Crew in an intense sporting competition. This year’s game will be at The Cotton Bowl in Fair Park on August 12, 2017.
More than 35 powder-puff games are played around the country. BvB Dallas is the largest in terms of number of participants and dollars raised to support research and awareness.
For young professionals interested in participating or individuals who want to learn about BvB Dallas’s efforts, visitwww.bvbdallas.org. For corporations interested in sponsorship opportunities, please contact Katie Morgan firstname.lastname@example.org.
About BvB Dallas
BvB Dallas is a young professional organization focused on philanthropy, fun, and fellowship to raise awareness and money to TACKLE ALZHEIMER’STM. Founded by sisters whose father was afflicted by Alzheimer’s, BvB is a personal way for young professionals across the country to share a common passion for making a difference, culminating in a powder-puff football game each summer.