Guests:  Sara Alvarado, Alvarado Real Estate Group; Amy Blackford, Respite Care Coordinator, Alzheimer’s & Dementia Alliance of Wisconsin; Gregg Potter, Ales for Alzheimer’s Planning Committee

Now billed as Madison’s largest Happy Hour – Ales for Alzheimer’s – is back for its 3rd year. On Thursday, October 25, at the Edgewater Hotel from 4:00 – 9:00 pm, the community is invited to come together for fun, conversation, food, drinks, a wine pull and more to benefit the Alzheimer’s & Dementia Alliance of Wisconsin.

This major fall event began three years ago when two Madison friends and colleagues in real estate, Lynn Holley and Sara Alvarado, began sharing stories with each other about their separate lives as caregivers to a husband and mother who had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. They decided to invite some of their friends to come together for an informal happy hour to talk about the journey they were on. The reaction was an outpouring of support from friends and colleagues and gave birth to the first Ales for Alzheimer’s.

Both Lynn and Sara had turned to the Alzheimer’s & Dementia Alliance of Wisconsin for support and help as caregivers. They decided to continue Ales for Alzheimer’s so the support they received from the ADAW could be sustained. The response has been explosive, setting the scene for the upcoming Ales for Alzheimer’s.

On this program, Sara Alvarado shares her personal journey as her mother’s Alzheimer’s has advanced. Joining her are Amy Blackford and Gregg Potter.

Tickets are $25, include food and serve as a raffle ticket. They can be purchased at First Weber Realtors, Lynn Holley Real Estate Group, Alvarado Real Estate Group, online at Eventbrite and on the Ales for Alz Facebook page. Tickets can also be purchased at the door.


Fabiola Hamden- photo courtesy Marcus Miles Photography

Guests:  Fabiola Hamden, Dane County Immigration Affairs Specialist;  Erin Barbato, Director, Immigrant Justice Clinic, UW Law School

“To our local immigrant community:…In Dane County, we welcome you, we respect you, we stand with you and we want to assist you through these challenging times.” Those were the words of Dane County Executive Joe Parisi following the recent unexpected appearance of ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) agents arresting and detaining immigrants in Dane County and other Wisconsin communities. This action has created unprecedented fear within the immigrant community causing people not to go to work, children to miss school, and stories to spread – some which are not true but cause additional panic.

Sensing the need to better serve the immigrant community, earlier this year County Executive Parisi proposed the creation of a County Immigration Specialist which was approved by the Dane County Board of Supervisors. This position provides outreach to immigrant and refugee communities and connects them to the Dane County Immigrant Assistance Collaborative – a partnership of different agencies and organizations supporting immigrants.

On this program, Fabiola Hamden and Erin Barbato bring clarity to the status of immigrants in our communities, both undocumented and legal residents. They describe what happened when ICE appeared without following established protocol, the legal options of those detained, and the breadth of services available to support immigration integration in the U.S.

A Dane County Immigrant Assistance Fund has been established and is being managed by the Madison Community Foundation.


Guests: Suresh Chandra, MD, Founder and Chairman of the Board; Reena Chandra Rajpal, President of the Board; Rick Langer, Board member and volunteer, Combat Blindness, International….

Of the approximately 39 million blind people in the world, about 80% of cases are easily preventable. Combat Blindness International’s mission is to eliminate preventable blindness worldwide. The leading cause of blindness is cataracts, and 90% of the world’s visually impaired people live in developing countries. It is in these countries that Combat Blindness, along with their partners, continues to expand their work by providing cataract surgery for as low as $25.

On this program, Dr. Suresh Chandra, Reena Chandra Rajpal and Rick Langer describe how lives in developing nations are transformed by a simple 20-minute surgery. Combat Blindness also empowers women by supporting young women’s education to become certified ophthalmic technicians. Their work includes screening children for glasses and other eye diseases in the Madison School District as well as in developing nations.

World Sight Day will be celebrated on Wednesday, October 10, at the Madison Concourse Hotel from 5:30-8:30. Dr. Jonathan Patz, Director of the UW Global Health Institute and co-recipient of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize with Al Gore for his work as a lead author for the United National intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, will be the keynote speaker. For registration information, go to


Guests: Lorraine Synder, Jean Mortenson, Nancy Carpenter, Attic Angel volunteers; Kristin Brey, Assistant Director of Strategic Collaboration, United Way….

Everybody loves a good bargain. What makes a good bargain even better is when the proceeds go to a worthy cause. For the second consecutive year, the Attic Angel Association Classic Clothing Sale on September 28-29 has designated the proceeds of their sale to go to mental health services for school-aged youth.

On this program, Attic Angel volunteers Lorraine Synder, Jean Mortenson and Nancy Carpenter share the history of this annual event and describe what they mean by “great bargains.” On September 28 and 29, the Attic Angel Association office building at the corner of Old Sauk and Junction Roads, will be turned into a retail center filled with new and gently worn designer-label jackets, sports and cruise wear, suits, cocktail and formal gowns, coats, accessories and more – everything a woman could possibly want. Many clothing items have the original tags as they are donated from area boutiques including Chauette, Terese Zache, and Mainstream.

Kristin Brey discusses the specific mental health issues that will be addressed using the proceeds from the sale – including the use of CBITS – the Cognitive Behavioral Intervention for Trauma in Schools. This program is designed to reduce symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, and behavioral problems, and to improve functioning, grades and attendance, peer and parental support and coping skills for youth.

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Guests: Pastor Stephen Welch, Ripon, WI, who developed dementia-friendly faith services; Gina Green-Harris, Director, Wisconsin Alzheimer’s Institute, Milwaukee Regional Office

You would think that faith communities of all religions, where people worship together and gather as family, would automatically be welcoming and safe places for people with Alzheimer’s or cognitive impairments and their families. The reality is that while they mean to be, most have not made the accommodations to be dementia friendly. It is not on purpose; it just takes education and some modifications for the desire to become reality.

On this program, enjoy a lively conversation between Gina Green-Harris and Pastor Stephen Welch, who conducted monthly dementia friendly church services in Watertown, Wisconsin. They describe why faith communities are important centers to advance the quality of life for those impacted by Alzheimer’s and what it takes to achieve that.

That is why people from ALL faiths are invited to Bethel Lutheran Church, 312 Wisconsin Avenue in Madison, on Saturday, September 29, from 2:00 to 4:30 pm to attend BRIDGING FAITH COMMUNITIES TOGETHER: FOR HEALTHY CONVERSATIONS ABOUT ALZHEIMER’S AND RELATED DEMENTIAS. The event is free and open to people of all religions, but registration is preferred. Call (608) 263-8818 or email [email protected]

The morning of September 29, the public is invited to the Alzheimer’s Walk at Warner Park to benefit the Alzheimer’s & Dementia Alliance of Wisconsin. Go to for details.

On Monday, October 1, the NIH-funded University of Wisconsin’s Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center will hold it’s annual Community Lecture at Gordon Commons on the UW campus from 5-8 pm. There is no charge to attend. Keynote speaker is Dr. Emily Rogalski, an expert on SuperAging, in which people seem resistant to age-related changes in memory and thinking skills. For details, go to