Fun at the Summer Wine Concert

We had a great turn out for the Summer Wine Concert at Kickapoo Creek Winery this past weekend! From 12-5 crowds came to enjoy live music, great wine and delicious food! Although the day started with rain, the sun eventually made its comeback making our day perfect!

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We were lucky enough to have three live bands play throughout the day. A special thanks to Roundstone Buskers, The Rosser Brothers and The West Macqueen Street Band for providing us with awesome entertainment. Our guests were dancing the day away!

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Guests also enjoyed wine tastings and food- straight from the grill!!

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Overall, the event was an amazing success! We raised over $800 and spread awareness to help end Alzheimer’s. Thank you to all who came…we hope you had as much fun as we did!


Do It Yourself Events

We’re taking DIY to a whole other level. This summer, the Central Illinois Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association is rolling out DIY Events. They’re exactly what they sound like. An individual or organization can plan and execute an event of their choosing and donate the proceeds to our chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association.

The event, get this, is yours! You can plan, setup, and implement your event in any way you want. We encourage you to add your own flare. Our Chapter representatives will do our best to support you in any way that we can to ensure your event is a success and your experience supporting the Alzheimer’s Association is rewarding and enjoyable.

DIY events are essential and support the Association immensely. Therefore, when promoting your event, the title can be listed as, “[Event Name], benefitting the Alzheimer’s Association.” This will show our support for the event!

In addition to showing our support for the event, the Central Illinois Chapter will help in the promotion of your DIY event. We will post your event flyer on our Chapter’s website and social media profiles, have flyers available in our office, forward your flyer to our Chapter staff, and provide you with a press release template. We want your event to be promoted as much as possible so it will be a huge hit!

If you’re thinking this sounds like a great opportunity to volunteer your time in support of the Alzheimer’s association, but are stuck with the idea for an event, don’t worry. The possibilities are endless. Use your imagination to create an amazing event that everyone will enjoy.

For a more concrete example, one of our Chapter’s very first DIY events was a big hit last month. Peoria Pops Orchestra created the DIY event “Broadway vs. Rock N’ Roll.” If you recall from one of our previous posts, music lovers of all ages came out to Five Points Washington to enjoy a live music battle. The orchestra duked it out, switching from Rock N’ Roll and Broadway sets. There was also an epic pre-concert lip sync battle. The audience voted for their favorite genre and lip sync preformer by placing monetary donations in cans passed around throughout the night. In the end, Rock N’ Roll was dubbed victorious, and the event raised over $800 for the Alzheimer’s Association. It was such a unique, fun event that everyone enjoyed, and a great example of a successful DIY event.

If you have any interest in doing your own DIY event, please contact Tina Barnhart at

Walking to Remember

Three years ago, three young women from a small community outside Peoria were all impacted by someone living with Alzheimer’s disease and decided to do something to help raise awareness. Kara Schumacher, Chelsey Snyder and Alyssa Testin are looking forward to walking for the third time this year at the 2015 Peoria Walk to End Alzheimer’s with their team, “Walking to Remember.” The Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s is the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Held annually in more than 600 communities nationwide and 8 locations in Central Illinois, this inspiring event calls on participants of all ages and abilities to reclaim the future for millions.

Alyssa Testin, Chelsey Snyder, and Kara Schumacher

Alyssa Testin, Chelsey Snyder, and Kara Schumacher

Team Captain Kara Schumacher first learned about the Alzheimer’s Association Central Illinois Chapter and their signature event by researching online for nearby Alzheimer’s disease resources and support. Kara’s paternal grandmother, Betty Schumacher, showed many signs of dementia but never had an official diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease. According to the Alzheimer’s Association 2015 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts And Figures, less than half (45 percent) of seniors diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease or their caregivers report being told the diagnosis by a health care provider, compared with 90 percent or more of those diagnosed with cancer and cardiovascular disease. Kara’s grandmother passed away in December 2013 with an autopsy later revealing that she did in fact have Alzheimer’s disease.

Prior to the dementia diagnosis Kara recalls never hearing people talk about Alzheimer’s disease. “Everyone talks about cancer but I want to know why we aren’t talking about Alzheimer’s disease.” Kara enjoys the Walk to End Alzheimer’s because it helps raise awareness for a disease that affects 210,000 people in Illinois alone Walking in honor of her grandmother and sharing a vision that so many others have, Kara hopes to one day see a world without Alzheimer’s disease. Currently, Alzheimer’s disease is grossly underfunded relative to other leading causes of death and the only disease in the top ten that can not be cured, slowed or prevented. “I don’t want to see my children and grandchildren suffer. I hoping one day there is a way to prevent this disease.”

Kara and her grandmother,  Betty Schumacher

Kara and her grandmother, Betty Schumacher

In addition to raising awareness, Kara, Chelsey, and Alyssa are committed to raising money to help advance research by partnering with the Alzheimer’s Association Central Illinois Chapter. One way their team raises funds is by hosting a live auction event in their local community by recruiting their friends and family to become involved. In 2014, Kara and her team raised over $18,000 for the Walk to End Alzheimer’s, making them a top fundraising team. This year, her team has a goal of raising over $20,000. “My favorite part of the Walk to End Alzheimer’s is seeing the awareness in the community and watching the participation grow.”

“Walking to Remember” team at 2014 Peoria Walk To End Alzheimer’s

The 2015 Peoria Walk to End Alzheimer’s event will be held at Liberty Park on Sunday, October 4 at 2pm. Kara looks forward to being a team captain again and honoring her grandma Betty. This year is extra special for Kara because the Walk to End Alzheimer’s falls on her birthday.

The Alzheimer’s Association Central Illinois Chapter is a donor-supported, not-for-profit health organization serving 20 counties in Illinois. To register or join a Walk to End Alzheimer’s team visit or call 800.272.3900 for more information.

Tools You Can Use at Home!

The Alzheimer’s Association is not only dedicated to research for finding a cure for the only disease that cannot be cured, slowed, or prevented. We pride ourselves on the many services we provide to caregivers and patients to make the journey a little easier. We have many educational programs throughout the year that help caregivers learn how to provide aid in better, more effective ways. We also provide support groups for caretakers to talk to others going through the same experience. However, we here at the Central Illinois Chapter know it’s tough to devote time to such outings. You may have a job, families to take care of, or live too far from our office. If that’s the case, do not worry. We have something that will be extremely beneficial for you. The Alzheimer’s Association provides online tools for all Alzheimer’s and dementia caregivers. These tools help provide answers to your questions, local resources, and support. They are:

  • Alzheimer’s Navigator®
  • ALZConnected®
    • ALZConnected® is the first dedicated online social networking community for anyone impacted by Alzheimer’s disease. It provides a safe place for people to connect with others in similar situations 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, at no charge.
  • Caregiver Stress Check
  • Care Team Calendar
  • Comfort Zone®
    • Alzheimer’s Association Comfort Zone® and Comfort Zone Check-In®, powered by Omnilink, are GPS location management services that help families monitor a person with Alzheimer’s or dementia. Families receive alerts if the person wanders from a preset safety perimeter.
  • Community Resource Finder
  • E-Learning Workshops
  • essentiALZ Individual Certification
  • TrialMatch®
    • Find clinical trials through Alzheimer’s Association TrialMatch®. Our free and easy-to-use clinical studies matching service connects individuals with Alzheimer’s, caregivers, healthy volunteers and physicians with current studies.
  • Virtual Library
  • CARES Training
  • MyALZspot®

Although we only highlighted a few of the listed tools, each and every one can be extremely useful. For more information on all of these services visit: