Champions of the Year is the largest annual fundraiser for Alzheimer’s Arkansas. Staff, board members, and a volunteer committee worked hard to raise funds and awareness for the organization. The 2019 celebration raised over $210,000!
The event includes dinner, entertainment, a live and silent auction, and a short program to honor individuals who are making a difference for caregivers in Arkansas. Businesses and individuals sponsor the event and/or purchase tables to attend.
Champions of the Year is being POSTPONED and will return in 2021!
CareLink – Community Partner Champion
CareLink is a nonprofit agency, founded in 1979, that provides resources for older people and their families. They are the Area Agency on Aging for Central Arkansas which serves Faulkner, Lonoke, Monroe, Prairie, Pulaski and Saline Counties. CareLink offers a variety of senior-focused services to the Central Arkansas area including caregiver financial assistance. Alzheimer’s Arkansas is entrusted with the administration of CareLink’s Title III grant funds to help provide respite care grants for caregivers of seniors with chronic illnesses. Through this support, over $200,000 of caregiver grants are awarded annually.
Rhonda Horton – Support Group Facilitator Champion
Rhonda is a tireless champion of many non-profits in and around the River Valley. As a member of the Russellville Lions club, an advocate for veterans, and through her work with Arkansas Hospice, Rhonda has worked to make the River Valley a better place. For many years, Rhonda has hosted a monthly support group at Brookdale Senior Living in Russellville where she helps her families and caregivers better navigate their caregiver journey.
Homer Feltner – Caregiver Champion
Homer is one of the loudest and strongest cheerleaders Alzheimer’s Arkansas has ever had. We could not do as many wonderful things if not for Homer. Homer is the primary caregiver for his wife Mary. During Mary’s descent into Alzheimer’s disease, Homer had to relearn or completely learn how to be her full-time caregiver. He had some struggles, but he prevailed and says he has a better relationship with Mary than he ever had before dementia.