Alzheimer's Association

Lots to celebrate in fight against Alzheimer's at 16th annual AWARE Luncheon

Lots to celebrate in fight against Alzheimer's at AWARE Luncheon

Patricia Ford, Lisa Wikson, Anita Wilson, Joanne Wilson, Welcome Wilson, Jr., Rene Flood at Alzheimer's Association AWARE Luncheon
Patricia Ford, Lisa Wikson, Anita Wilson, Joanne Wilson, Welcome Wilson, Jr., Rene Flood. Photo courtesy of Alzheimer's Association of Houston and Gulf Coast Chapter
Chita Johnson AWARE Alzheimer's Association luncheon
Chita Johnson. Photo courtesy of Alzheimer's Association of Houston and Gulf Coast Chapter
Gayle Hightower, Cyndi Ford, Ginger Kelley at Alzheimer's Association AWARE Luncheon
Gayle Hightower, Cyndi Ford, Ginger Kelley. Photo courtesy of Alzheimer's Association of Houston and Gulf Coast Chapter
Phyllis Williams, Deion Dillard at Alzheimer's Association AWARE luncheon
Phyllis Williams, Delon Dillard. Photo courtesy of Alzheimer's Association of Houston and Gulf Coast Chapter
Alzheimer's AWARE Luncheon Ashley Clark, Estelle Racusin,  Welcome Wilson, Jr., Robin Burke, Ellen Wagnon, Elizabeth Labanowski
Ashley Clark, Estelle Racusin, Welcome Wilson, Jr., Robin Burke, Ellen Wagnon, Elizabeth Labanowski. Photo courtesy of Alzheimer's Association of Houston and Gulf Coast Chapter
Rene Flood, Anita Wilson at Alzheimer's Association AWARE Luncheon
Rene Flood, Anita Wilson. Photo courtesy of Alzheimer's Association of Houston and Gulf Coast Chapter
Patricia Ford, Lisa Wikson, Anita Wilson, Joanne Wilson, Welcome Wilson, Jr., Rene Flood at Alzheimer's Association AWARE Luncheon
Chita Johnson AWARE Alzheimer's Association luncheon
Gayle Hightower, Cyndi Ford, Ginger Kelley at Alzheimer's Association AWARE Luncheon
Phyllis Williams, Deion Dillard at Alzheimer's Association AWARE luncheon
Alzheimer's AWARE Luncheon Ashley Clark, Estelle Racusin,  Welcome Wilson, Jr., Robin Burke, Ellen Wagnon, Elizabeth Labanowski
Rene Flood, Anita Wilson at Alzheimer's Association AWARE Luncheon

What: Alzheimer's Association AWARE Luncheon.

Where: River Oaks Country Club.

The scoop: More than 200 guests turned out for the 16th annual luncheon that supports the Alzheimer's Women's Auxiliary for Resources and Education. The luncheon featured Dr. Joseph C. Masdeu, director of the Nantz National Alzheimer Center at Methodist Hospital. Masdeu is the first physician-scientist to detect an early imaging feature of Alzheimer’s disease. And it honored CBS sportscaster Jim Nantz and his wife Courtney, who have been instrumental in raising funds for the center which is named for Jim's father, Jim Nantz Jr., who battled Alzheimer’s disease for 13 years.

Channel 11's Chita Johnson emceed the luncheon, which raised $200,000.

Guests also celebrated the recent 2015 Houston Walk to End Alzheimer's, which drew more than 5,000 people and raised $620,000. It was the last of 13 area walks that raised more than $1.5 million for the Alzheimer's Association Houston and Southeast Texas Chapter.

Who: Jim Nantz's mother, Doris Nantz, and sister Nancy Hockaday were on hand, along with Roni Atnipp, Catherine Christopherson, Welcome Wilson, Jr. and Anita Wilson, Cynthia Trigg and Rachel Walton Jones, Rene Flood, Craig and Lisa Wilson, Cyndi Ford and Jill Wright.

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