Rand and Rosemary Sperry played host for Wine for the MIND – Saving Memories with Style, on Saturday, February 12, as guests enjoyed the pool and grounds of their exquisite home in The Reserve in Orange. They were treated to wines and delicious foods all donated for the cause by local wineries and the chefs of senior care communities.
“Someone develops Alzheimer’s every 70 seconds. We must find treatments and preventative measures to help them. The Baby Boomers, who are turning 65 at a rate of 10,000 a day, are entering the age of high risk for being diagnosed,” stated Wine for the MIND –Saving Memories with Style event chair, Dr. Jacqueline DuPont, member of the UCI MIND Advisory Board, gerontologist and a dedicated community leader.
DuPont brought together a power house committee from all parts of the community, for the second year in a row, netting $100,000 at the event which attracted 300 supporters of the UCI MIND Memory Assessment Clinic. The clinic provides diagnosis, assessment and research for thousands of individuals who face Alzheimer’s disease and other memory disorders. The State budget cut of 50% threatened to close the world renowned clinic’s doors.
The Institute for Memory Impairments and Neurological Disorders, UCI MIND, Director, Dr. Frank LaFerla, stated that he and his team are “researching ways to make memories last a lifetime” as he introduced world renowned scientists who are racing to find answers to one of the most perplexing problems facing society today. Many of the scientists and others touched by someone with dementia in their lives acted as models as they walked the runway and shared their stories. Committee member, Mima Ransom, coordinated the fashion show with heart and her husband, Dale Ransom, created the distinctive artwork for the event.
Vince Ferragamo served as Master of Ceremonies and Ed Arnold of PBS SOCal, served as auctioneer.