A.W.A.R.E. - The Start of Something Big
In 1987 the Greater Dallas Chapter's Board of Directors, led by Fred Sherman, recognized a need for additional support services to area families who were coping with Alzheimer's disease. Mr. Sherman and Board members outlined the public awareness and financial resources necessary to meet the goal of increased services.
Board member Mrs. Evelyn Ponder suggested the formation of an organization of women who might sponsor an elegant fundraising event that would provide both community visibility and additional dollars for the Greater Dallas Chapter. With little more than compassion for those struggling in the battle of their lives against Alzheimer's disease, and a desire for positive change, the Alzheimer's Women's Association for Resources and Education (A.W.A.R.E.) was born.
Since its inception A.W.A.R.E. has become a powerful fundraising organization promoting Alzheimer's awareness and financial support for its parent organization, the Alzheimer's Association, Greater Dallas Chapter.
Mrs. Cyndy Hudgins was elected as the organization's first president, and within days the first A.W.A.R.E. Luncheon and Fashion Show, chaired by Mrs. Anita Sampels, was conceived. Other founding members, including Mrs. Nancy Nelson, Mrs. Ruth Sharp Altshuler and Mrs. Billie Leigh Rippey, were instrumental in the success of the first event.
In 2011, a committee was formed to determine the feasibility of forming our own 501c3 or becoming a part of The Dallas Foundation. We chose to join with The Dallas Foundation but our mission remains the same; to support the Alzheimer's Association, Greater Dallas Chapter, with all funds raised through our efforts. We will continue to be a vital contributor to the Alzheimer's Association and support their cause.