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 Lou-Ellen Barkan,n President of Caring Kind and her grand daughter.  Photo by:  Rose Billings/

 Lou-Ellen Barkan, President of CaringKind and her grand daughter


,CaringKind, NYC’s Leading Expert in Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care, Hosts Annual “Forget-Me-Not” Gala


CBS 2 Medical Reporter Dr. Max Gomez Emcees


Event Raises $1.8 Million to Support Free Programs & Services for

People with Dementia & their Caregivers

 Lou-Ellen Barkan, President & CEO of Caring Kind and Dr. Max Gomez, Emcee.  Photo by:  Rose Billings/
 Lou-Ellen Barkan, President & CEO of CaringKind and Dr. Max Gomez, Emcee
Ron Rifkin And Victor Garber.  Photo by:  Rose Billings/
Ron Rifkin and Victor Garber


(Monday, June 5, 2017 – New York, NY) – Members of New York City’s philanthropic, business, health care and Alzheimer’s communities joined forces tonight at The Pierre, at the annual “Forget-Me-Not” Gala hosted by CaringKind, (formerly known as the Alzheimer’s Association, NYC Chapter). CaringKind has been NYC’s leading expert in Alzheimer’s and dementia caregiving for over three decades. The event, emceed by CBS 2 Medical Reporter Dr. Max Gomez, raised $1.8 million.


Honored at this year’s Gala with the Corporate Leadership Award was Allergan, for its longstanding partnership and generous support of CaringKind. Accepting the award was Brent Saunders, Chairman, President and CEO. CaringKind also honored its longest-serving Board Member William M. Brachfeld, as well as Heath B. McLendon, Board Member Emeritus, for their service and dedication to CaringKind and to the more than half a million New Yorkers who have dementia or are caring for someone who does.  The fundraiser was chaired by Fred Hassan, Partner & Managing Director, Warburg Pincus LLC.


Also supporting CaringKind at the gala were actor Victor Garber, who lost both parents to complications from Alzheimer's disease; actor and Broadway star Ron Rifkin; and distinguished members of the research and medical community including Dr. Peter Davies, Dr. Mony De Leon, Dr. Warachal Faison, Dr. Silvia Fossati, Dr. Larry Honig, Dr. Jose Luchsinger, Dr. Mary Mittelman, Dr. Mary Sano, Dr. Andrew Teich, and Dr. Jessica Zwerling.


Lou-Ellen Barkan, President and CEO of CaringKind, said, “A brand new report from the Centers for Disease Control confirms what CaringKind has known for decades: as the number of people with Alzheimer’s continues to grow, the burdens on family caregivers increases exponentially.  And, in the absence of a cure and effective therapies, good care is the best medicine we have.  At CaringKind, we create the kind of innovative and compassionate support services that our caregivers deserve and our families need.


“None of our work would be possible without the generous support of everyone here tonight at the “Forget-Me-Not” Gala. I’d like to thank all of our supporter and partners, and our honorees and gala chair for their extraordinary generosity and commitment to those we serve.  We are proud to premiere “Caring Through Music,” a short video sponsored by Bang & Olufsen in partnership with CaringKind, showing the power of music to enhance the quality of life for families coping with the challenges of caring for an individual with Alzheimer’s and related dementias,” Barkan added.


The evening offered a cocktail reception, silent and live auctions, and dinner and dancing to Hank Lane Music and Productions with Harris Lane, band leader. The live auction was conducted by Jonathan S. Henes, Partner at Kirkland & Ellis LLP and CaringKind Board member.  Notable auction items included four tickets in a box for a Billy Joel concert; Yankees legends seats, batting practice and a meet-and-greet with Joe Girardi; a VIP Hello Dolly package; a trip aboard The World; summer internship at CaringKind; and a dinner with both a distinguished Alzheimer’s scientist and Tony Award winning actor and tireless advocate for the Alzheimer’s community, David Hyde Pierce.


Among CaringKind’s free programs and services supported by the “Forget-Me-Not” Gala are:


·         The 24-hour Helpline (646-744-2900) – giving New Yorkers access to expert and caring advice 365 days a year;

·         Hundreds of free support groups, workshops and educational seminars for caregivers and people with the disease;

·         Social work services;

·         Dementia care training programs for home health aides and other healthcare professionals;

·         MedicAlert® NYC Wanderer’s Safety Program – providing resources to protect New Yorkers with dementia who wander;

·         The state-of-the-art Early Stage Center;

·         Satellite programs in Queens, Brooklyn and the Bronx; and

·         Outreach efforts to the African-American, Latino, Chinese, Orthodox Jewish, and LGBT communities.


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About CaringKind:  CaringKind is New York City’s leading expert on Alzheimer’s and dementia caregiving. With over 30 years of experience, we work directly with our community partners to develop the information, tools and training to support individuals and families affected by dementia. We offer a 24-hour Helpline run by professional staff, individual and family counseling sessions with licensed social workers; a vast network of support groups; education seminars and training programs; early stage services and a wanderer’s safety program. We believe in the power of caregiving and seek a world where everyone dealing with dementia has the support they need, when they need it.


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