The Young Professionals Alzheimer’s Association of Colorado (YPAAC) was established in 2006 to work in conjunction with the Colorado Chapter to raise awareness among local young professionals. I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to chair the Board for this group and we have some exciting events planned for this year. We have a great group on the Board and even more who serve as volunteers on committees and we’re growing.
On Saturday, June 2nd we’ll host the first ever Blondes vs Brunettes: Tackling Alzheimer’s with Serious Altitude Flag Football Game at DU’s Peter Barton Lacrosse field. Bring your friends and cheer on your favorite team. To purchase tickets, call 303.813.1669 or visit our Web site. We have also some great sponsors including Emich Volkswagon and Emich Chevrolet. Each dealership took on a team so it’s going to be pretty competitive come game day. We’ve all been practicing in addition to raising money but we’re having fun at the same time. That’s what our group is all about; giving back and making a difference while networking and meeting other like-minded professionals under the age of 40.
A few years ago we took over hosting the Polar Plunge on New Year’s Day at the Boulder Reservoir and each year we raise thousands of dollars while increasing awareness for the Association and for the cause. Join us and more than 800 crazy plungers to ring in the new year!
In addition to these signature events we have a Spring Spruce Up where we landscape and generally “spruce” up a local care community. We know that as Alzheimer’s progresses often families can’t continue to care for a loved one at home so assisted living, retirement facilities and Memory Units often serve as a final home for those with the disease. We think it‘s important to live in a community that’s nice to look at in addition to providing good quality care. If you’d like to learn more and meet a few of us, YPAAC hosts quarterly education and networking happy hours throughout Denver Metro so give me a shout and plan to join us.
All funds raised by YPAAC benefit the programs and services of the Alzheimer’s Association of Colorado. This includes education, counseling, a 24/7 Helpline, and support groups as well as research to find better treatments and eventually a cure.
Hope to see you at the BvB game. Go Blondes!
YPAAC Board Chair