Come Climb For A Cause with COVA Magazine

24 May

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The CoVa Challenge

Coastal Virginia Magazine and the Adventure Park at Virginia Aquarium in Virginia Beach are challenging climbers to join our team or sponsor us to raise much needed funds for the Alzheimer’s Association for research and family support. The challenge of our Longest Day will be to have at least one person from the team on a specified course continuously throughout the 16 hour day which will begin at 7 AM on June 16 and end at 11 PM that evening. Participants climb for free but will be required to participate in one 4-hour shift during the day and raise a minimum of $100 in donations. There will be a limit of 100 climbers, so get your group together and sign on today.

Get your friends together today and come climb for a cause.

Businesses, school groups, charitable groups and more are welcome.


Become a Sponsor or Join Our Team:

If you can’t climb with us, please sign on as a sponsor of the CoVa Magazine Longest Day Team or any other team that you wish to support. To join our team online, CLICK HERE for CoVa Magazine Longest Day Team.


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About The Longest Day

The Longest Day® is a team event to raise funds and awareness for the Alzheimer’s Association®. Held annually around the date of the summer solstice, the duration of this sunrise-to-sunset event symbolizes the challenging journey of those living with the disease and their caregivers. Teams are encouraged to create their own experience as they fund raise and participate in an activity they love to honor someone facing the disease.

Ugly Fish. Beautiful fundraiser.

17 May

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Coelacanth Brewing is many things:
A family-owned & independent brewery.
A gathering place for local and visitors.
A venue for artists and musicians to showcase their talents.
A painstaking, labor-of-love renovation of a derelict warehouse. …And so much more.

Coelacanth Brewing is a locally-owned Brewery located in the Historic Warehouse District of Ghent. Come out Wednesday June 15 4:30 – 9:00 pm to try interesting, hand-crafted ales & lagers in a relaxing atmosphere with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the Alzheimer’s Association fundraiser The Longest Day.

Check out Coelacanth Brewing and share the even to on Facebook.

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The Coelacanth
(pronounced SEE-luh-kanth)

is an enormous, bottom-dwelling fish that is unlike other living fishes in a number of ways. They belong to an ancient lineage that has been around for more than 360 million years. Coelacanths can reach more than six feet long and weigh about 200 pounds, and they’re covered in thick, scaly armor. It’s estimated they can live up to 60 years or more.

The coelacanth, was believed to have been extinct since the end of the Cretaceous period. On December 22, 1938, the first living specimen was found off the east coast of South Africa.



ABOUT THE LONGEST DAY
The Longest Day is a team event to raise funds and awareness for the Alzheimer’s Association®. Held annually on the summer solstice, the duration of this sunrise-to-sunset event symbolizes the challenging journey of those living with the disease and their caregivers. Teams are encouraged to create their own experience as they fundraise and participate in an activity they love to honor someone facing the disease.

Join or start a team today!

 

Bold Beer Friday Fundraiser

11 May

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Come out to a craft beer tasting at the Bold Mariner Brewing Company on  Friday June, 10 from 4:00 to 9:00 p.m. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Alzheimer’s Association fundraiser for The Longest Day. With 8 distinctive hand crafted brews on tap there is something for everyone to enjoy.

Bold Mariner Brewing Company is located at 2409 Bowdens Ferry Road in Norfolk. You can check them out online at boldmariner.com. Don’t miss this chance to try some craft brews and help #ENDALZ. #BBFF@TheBoldMariner

Please share this event on Facebook.

Join or start your own The Longest Day team.

If your company is interested in hosting fundraising for The Longest Day please contact Christine Warfel at cwarfel@alz.org or 757.459.2405

ABOUT THE LONGEST DAY
The Longest Day is a team event to raise funds and awareness for the Alzheimer’s Association®. Held annually on the summer solstice, the duration of this sunrise-to-sunset event symbolizes the challenging journey of those living with the disease and their caregivers. Teams are encouraged to create their own experience as they fundraise and participate in an activity they love to honor someone facing the disease.

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Know The 10 Signs

6 May

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Open house for The Longest Day

3 May

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The Cooke Veterinary Medical Center is hosting an open house fundraiser to benefit the Alzheimer’s Association on Saturday, June 4 from 1 – 3:00 p.m.. You are invited to enjoy food, pet photos, a raffle and take a tour of the hospital. You can help by purchasing some raffle tickets or buy a T-shirt. The theme for this event is “Pets Helping People”! You may not know it, but Dogs get cognitive dysfunction too.

We are asking a $10 per person donation ($30 per family) to come have some fun, play with the doggies, get your pet photo taken (additional donation) and eat some food while socializing for charity! The Chesapeake Humane Society will be present with 2 senior pets looking for that special someone to adopt them. So please help us raise money and make this a success. Well mannered, leashed, and fully vaccinated dogs are welcome to visit and tour!

To pre-purchase your ticket make a donation to Denette Cooke here. You can purchase tickets at the door on the day of the event as well.

Invite your friends here on Facebook.

The Cooke Veterinary Medical Center
1520 Volvo Pkwy, Chesapeake, Virginia 23320
(757) 547-9421
support@cookevet.com

ABOUT THE LONGEST DAY
The Longest Day is a team event to raise funds and awareness for the Alzheimer’s Association®. Held annually on the summer solstice, the duration of this sunrise-to-sunset event symbolizes the challenging journey of those living with the disease and their caregivers. Teams are encouraged to create their own experience as they fundraise and participate in an activity they love to honor someone facing the disease.

Alzheimer’s Association Releases Statement on Reagan Movie

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STATEMENT:
RE: RONALD REAGAN MOVIE

APRIL 29, 2016

CONTACT: Alzheimer’s Association, 312.335.4078, media@alz.org

You can attribute this text to Harry Johns, Alzheimer’s Association president and CEO.

“The Alzheimer’s Association is appalled that anyone would plan to develop a film that satirizes an individual living with Alzheimer’s or another dementia. Would filmmakers consider using a fatal form of cancer or another deadly disease for comedy? It’s time to stop this forever.

“The idea that a film depicting President Ronald Reagan’s Alzheimer’s, or anyone with dementia, as a comedic device is offensive. More than 5 million Americans are living with the disease, and their 15 million family caregivers provide support every day. This disease is not a joke. In addition to its devastating impact, it is fatal. The Alzheimer’s Association will rally against anyone who marginalizes the devastating and deadly impact of Alzheimer’s disease.

“President Reagan and his family were champions in raising awareness about Alzheimer’s disease and the need to fund research for its cure. The Alzheimer’s Association and our advocates will continue to work to ensure all those living with this disease have the care and support they need while striving toward our vision of a world without Alzheimer’s.”

About the Alzheimer’s Association® The Alzheimer’s Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Our mission is to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research, to provide and enhance care and support for all affected, and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. Our vision is a world without Alzheimer’s. For more information, visit the Alzheimer’s Association at alz.org or call the 24/7 helpline at 800-272-3900.

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Articles on this subject can be found here.

Cycling for The Longest Day

27 Apr

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Terry Miller’s brother Jerry decided to use this summer to remove one item from his bucket list, and cycle/camp across the country from the Atlantic (Neptune’s statue in Virginia Beach) to the Pacific (San Francisco), and Terry decided to join him for the first week. Terry’s father, Jack W. Miller, passed away this past October from complications from Alzheimer’s, and he thought The Longest Day would be a good way to raise money for The Alzheimer’s Association, and to honor his father. Below is Terry’s adventure in his own words. If you would like to create your own adventure or honor your loved one, you can register for The Longest Day to raise funds and help #ENDALZ.

First off, I want to thank everyone that has contributed the Alzheimer’s Association for the Longest Day. I also wanted to catch you up on how the trip is going.

On Saturday we got down to Creeds and were told my a Virginia Beach police officer that the Knott’s Island ferry would be down for a couple of days because the high winds had pushed the water out of the sound. My kind and lovely wife cancelled a pedicure and dinner with friends to rescue us. We ended up spending Saturday camping in a Econolodge in Elizabeth City.

On Sunday we made it to Gatesville, in.spite of very strong winds, where we camped out in the woods in a county conservation area. 36 degrees overnight. Perfect for hammock camping . Oh, and no cell phone service to speak of. That didn’t prevent my cell phone from turning itself back on and killing the battery. No handy 115 volt trees to plug it into either.

It warmed up quickly on Monday, and we met some very nice people at a deli that had just closed up from their opening day in Severn, NC. They gave us ice, water, and some very good cheese biscuits left over from lunch. They took pictures of us looking really great from a hot sweaty day on the road. They said they wanted to tell about our fund raiser on their Facebook page.

Monday night we camped out in the woods off the road between Severn and Margaretville. Haven’t they heard of cell phone service out here in the country?

On Tuesday we got an early start, crossed I-95 and made it to Gaston for a long lunch and use of the only outlet in Hardee’s dining room to charge the phone. I got to send off some thank you emails for donations before leaving with full stomachs, charged batteries, ice, and water. Jerry also got caught up on his on-line journal.

We spent Tuesday night near Eaton’s Ferry on the south side of Lake Gaston. Pretty uneventful, bet we were able to hand wash our laundry, but it didn’t dry overnight, so we bungeed wet clothes to the top of the trailer with the erroneous though that the sun and wind would dry it all out. Ha! Anyway, we hit the road at 8:35 this morning, after a 30 minute delay due to mechanical problems caused by pilot error.

The trikes and trailers have done so much better than the legs, especially with all of the hill climbing around Lake Gaston. It does seem to be some kind of unwritten rule that whatever you need at any particular moment is always at the bottom of the trailer hamper.

We had lunch Wednesday in Warrenton, a very pretty town just east of 85. Another Hardee’s. Don’t these little towns have Chick-filet?

After lunch and a long ride in the country we crossed 85 and ended up at Nutbush Creek Camp Ground on the southwest side of Kerr Lake. A real campground with hot showers and indoor plumbing! First thing we did was put up a clothesline for all of those clothes that were already supposed to be dry. A nice dinner of bagged tuna and Rice-a-Roni, the San Francisco treat. Hammocks set up, and off to bed to send emails.

Met a nice couple at the campground, They are semi-retired documentary makers, and are currently working on a documentary about what happens to young adults that graduate out of the foster care system. Got out of camp fairly early, and put in some serious up and down mileage (up takes a lot longer than down) to Roxboro, NC. We saw lot of pretty scenery, not much car and truck traffic, which is good. We stopped for pizza at lunch at a little country store that seem to be at a lot of state highway intersections. We came across one of two of these every day, and stopped at all of them, if only to get water. I am carrying three 25 oz water bottles, and they don’t last a whole day.

We are averaging 40 miles per day, which isn’t as good as I thought we would, but is pretty good considering that we are towing trailers full of clothes, camping gear, and food. Since we are camping wherever we find a patch of woods at the end of the day, we need to be self contained. We even stop to get water in our solar camp shower’s toward the end of the afternoon, and strap it to the top of the trailer to warm up. Four gallons of water makes the trailer just a tiny bit heavier.

We spent the night in Roxboro at an America’s Best Value Motel, with the emphasis on value, not on best. We went to Budget Inn originally, but it looked a little to budgety, and we forgot our body armor.

The America’s Best has free Wi-fi, but it won’t even register on SpeedTest. The iPad and Jerry’s computer keep saying “no internet connection”, so we ended up using my phone as a hot spot again to get to the outside world. On the subject of America’s Best Value, their free breakfast includes your choice of Coco Crispies, Captian Crunch, Fruit Loops, or Frosted Flakes (well, the generic versions), and coffee. Sorry, they just ran out of milk. We walked across the street to Sheetz and got breakfast. Sheetz sets the standard for mediocrity, but it was food.

Thunder storms were predicted for early morning, and, while we remembered our rain suits, we forgot our lightning suits. The rain came in at 9:00 am while we were deciding on whether to try to move forward or stay for the day. It’s going to get worse as the day goes on, according to radar, so it looks line a day cooped up in the motel. There is a laundromat next door, so Jerry is braving the rain to get our clothes really clean and dry.

We have met some very nice people along the way, especially Cheryl at the newly opened Main Street Diner in Severn, who gave us the food, water, and ice.

You can still make donations to Terry here.

We have met some very nice people along the way.

Thanks again for all of your support,
Terry Miller
Mid-Atlantic Business Communications (MABC)

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