One of the dozens of “Art Pairings” for a glimpse into the lives well lived. “Blossoms at Night” by professional artist Madeline O’Connell was inspired by Donna Lamar’s “Birds”
BY SCOTTIE TAYLOR IVERSON
“The timing of it all! The 6th leading cause of death in the U.S. – Alzheimer’s disease took the life of beloved owner of the Denver Broncos Pat Bowlen just a few days before Father’s Day and just a few days after Alzheimer’s Association Colorado Chapter held its annual fundraiser in the fieldhouse bearing his name. June is also Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month. An estimated 600 guests attended this annual event coordinated by staff member Lisa Steffen with food stations by Epicurean. 73,000 Coloradoans are living with Alzheimer’s disease and an estimated 250,000 others serve as unpaid caregivers for their loved ones. Proceeds from the auction support education, programs and services provided by the Alzheimer’s Association at no charge to all Colorado families. Proceeds also support research for a cure for the only leading disease without a known prevention, treatment or cure.
Charles Mains and wife Annabel Bowlen, daughter of Annabel and Pat Bowlen
We know other stories in our community – renowned photographer John Fielder lost his wife to Alzheimer’s. Adrienne Ruston Fitzgibbons lost her dad to Alzheimer’s and Elaine Strauch (major sponsor of this event) lost her husband to Alzheimer’s. And, so many more! Annabel and Pat Bowlen’s daughter Annabel (Little Belle) sent a powerful message to the audience about what a toll it takes on the family and the patient and keeping hope alive. “Both my mom and my dad are here in our hearts,” she said. Both her parents had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in recent years.“Pat’s dad and my mother were brother and sister. He was one of my coolest cousins, an amazing man and won’t be forgotten,” said Ann Altbrandt.
Board Chair Tom O’Donnell, Holland & Hart, LLP and board members: Kristin Beatty, Hitachi Vantara; Amelia Schafer, executive director Alzheimer’s Association Colorado Chapter; Bill Johnson, WC Johnson, LLC; J. Ryann Peyton, The Peyton Group; Jamison Miller, Comfort Dental; Karla Rikansrud, Frasier Meadows
Pat Bowlen had a winning spirit and record seasons to prove it attested Reggie Rivers. Pat (Mr. B.) declared one Super Bowl win as “This one’s for John” (Elway) and in turn, John declared the last one for Pat. Maybe a cure can be declared for Pat and Annabel and all the patients suffering very soon. Besides the U.S. and Chinese governments, Alzheimer’s Association is the #1 funder for global and local research, taking care of existing patients and promoting brain health. “The Colorado Chapter is amongst the best in the nation,” said Board Chair Tom O’Donnell. Seven studies on four continents are being conducted and another half million dollars has been allocated for research – the creation of a 3-D brain and looking at the nerve/cell connection for starters.
From sponsoring Balfour Senior Living: Co-founder Susan Juroe, Naomi Loebl-executive director Balfour at Riverfront Park, Kristin LeBlanc- executive director of Balfour at Cherrywood Village in Louisville, CO and is Balfour’s star expert on Alzheimer’s running one of the most popular programs in Boulder County; Jeanette Allen – VP Care & Wellness at Balfour Senior Living, Ann LaForte –Leasing counselor Balfour at Littleton, Kassidy Rauch – life enrichment manager for Balfour
In a statement released last Friday: The Alzheimer’s Association is deeply saddened by the passing of Denver Broncos owner Pat Bowlen. Mr. Bowlen has been a legendary leader, not only in the world of sports, but in the philanthropic community of Colorado through his generous support of the Denver Broncos Charities. The Colorado Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association has been privileged to partner with the Bowlen family and the Denver Broncos over the course of the last five years since Mr. Bowlen’s diagnosis was announced. His courage in making his diagnosis public-which was matched by the announcement four years later of his wife Annabel’s own Alzheimer’s diagnosis – has served as inspiration for Coloradans and people across the country who have lived silently with this tragic and relentless disease. And his passing is a reminder that we cannot relent in the search for a prevention, treatment and cure for Alzheimer’s. We offer a Mile High Salute in honor of Pat Bowlen for his legacy of excellence, fortitude and generosity.
Alzheimer’s Association Senior Director of Marketing & Communications Jim Herlihy and Denver Bronco linebacker Alexander (A.J.) Johnson who gave a touching story of his grandmother and Alzheimer’s
Several of the professional artists were at the event including Drew Litton (note the artistic tie) and Ellen Reynolds
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