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 scheduled for June 11, 2022. The event will be held at The Venue of WestWind.
Ken Compton – Volunteer Champion
Ken Compton’s passion for caregivers led him to Alzheimer’s Arkansas. His father was the primary caregiver for his mother for several years when she was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. Ken is a partner in the investment organization JTK investments and vice chairman of Stone Bankshares, the holding company of Stone Bank. Prior, Ken served in roles as editor for Camden News and Hot Springs Sentinel Record. He has been a strong advocate for Alzheimer’s in his role as a board member for Alzheimer’s Arkansas since 2018. His wife Karen is a retired insurance executive. They have four children and five grandchildren. Ken and Karen realize that although his family had the resources to help his mother’s care, this isn’t the case for everyone.
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.
Homer Feltner – Caregiver Champion
Homer is one of the best caregivers we have 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.