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Venise Stuart

Venise Stuart, Highland Park resident and president of AWARE, announced that the AWARE organization received two grants totaling $40,000.00 from the Lee Jarmon Alzheimer’s Pro Am Golf Tournament and Auction.  The first grant of $20,000.00 received last March will be used toward the funding of the 2016-2017 AWARE grant recipients.  The second $20,000.00 grant received this past August will be used in the funding of the 2017-18 grant recipients, listed below.  ALL grant funds received will be dedicated solely to the funding of AWARE's grant recipients.

“Our heartfelt thanks to everyone involved with the Lee Jarmon Pro Am,” Venise said.  “This grant is truly a blessing. It will directly impact our fight against Alzheimer’s disease.”

AWARE has been dedicated to fighting Alzheimer’s disease since 1989.  Through the Dallas Foundation’s Field of Interest grant program, applications to the AWARE fund are received from nonprofit organizations located in Dallas and Collin County that are working on the front lines in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease. Through the grant application review process, AWARE selects the most outstanding groups that provide services, programs, education, and resources to those suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, their families and caregivers, and to organizations doing valuable research to find a prevention and cure.

This year’s grant recipients announced at the May General Meeting are:

  • Baylor Health Care System Foundation – Support for the salary of a Ph.D. Neuropsychology Intern for Baylor AT&T Memory Center.

  • Center for BrainHealth - Discovery Group - Support for the Discovery Group, a program designed to help individuals and families affected by Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias focus on preserving abilities and tapping strengths to promote meaningful engagement and slow the progression of the disease.

  • Dallas Museum of Art - Memory Moments – Support for teaching honorariums, supplies, and staffing for Memory Moments, a program designed to provide participants with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias ways to engage in art that are revitalizing and gratifying.

  • Jewish Family Service - Support for the salary of a Clinical Social Worker to provide independent living services to adults with Alzheimer’s and related dementias and their families/caregivers.

  • Juliette Fowler Communities – Support for group and individual therapy sessions with a Certified Music Therapist for memory care residents, and to help purchase additional instruments and therapeutic tools.
  • NorthPark Presbyterian Church - Casa de Vida – Support the Casa de Vida program, which gives relief to families/caregivers by providing one-on-one care to individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias at the church for programs involving art, music, games, and lunch one day per week from 9:30 until 1:30.

  • Texas Winds Musical Outreach - Support for two concerts by professional musicians in 87 nursing homes and adult daycare facilities that serve individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias.

  • Presbyterian Communities & Services Foundation - Broad Strokes – Support for the Broad Strokes program at Grace Presbyterian Village that provides music and art therapy to residents with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias.

  • The Senior Source - Senior Companions - Support for the Senior Companion Program matching volunteers with individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias and their families needing assistance with meals, light housekeeping, and companionship.

  • UT Southwestern Medical Center - Support to advance Dr. Roger Rosenberg’s research and clinical trials on a DNA Vaccine to clear amyloid plaques in the brain to prevent or slow the progression of Alzheimer’s disease.


          “AWARE is proud to support nonprofit organizations such as these that share our mission and are also dedicated to fighting Alzheimer’s disease.  Together we will make a difference,” Venise added.

The AWARE grants are partially funded with gifts and donations like this one from Lee Jarmon Pro Am as well as proceeds from the annual fundraiser, AWARE Affair Celebrate the Moments, happening on Friday, April 13, 2018. More details to follow. The event features a silent and live auction, three course dinner and dancing.

 AWARE membership is open to the public. AWARE provides its members important opportunities to participate in a variety of ways to become engaged in the all-important fight to end Alzheimer’s disease.

          * Network – Members participate in a network of individuals, many of whom have a personal experience with Alzheimer’s disease through a family member, friend, medical or other professionals in the field.

          * Education – Members learn the latest information about the causes, treatment, and research on Alzheimer’s through meetings, field trips, and speakers.

          * Resources – Members work collaboratively to share information and best practices in the compassionate care of loved ones with Alzheimer’s disease.

          * Donations – Members know that grant recipients of the AWARE fund have been professionally vetted by The Dallas Foundation to ensure that money invested in our local community is leveraged for the best possible results in the fight to end Alzheimer’s disease.

For more information on AWARE Affair Celebrate the Moments, the grants and membership in the AWARE organization, visit the website at  The Dallas Foundation, a 501(c)3 publicly supported charity, is the fiscal sponsor of AWARE.

For more information about the Lee Jarmon Alzheimer’s Pro Am Golf Tournament and Auction, visit the website at

Photo by Dana Driensky.


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