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It couldn’t have been a more perfect evening for a summer garden party and Glenmoor Country Club in Cherry Hills, Colorado entire main floor was all dressed up in purple and white for an intimate and touching fundraiser that even included tiny tissues on the diner tables for tears after the video. Jim Kennedy’s wife, Diana was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease three years ago and he master planned a multi-faceted private event that drew hundreds along with co-hosts Jill and Jim Lorentz. (The concept began as their backyard garden party as Jill has eight family members diagnosed with Alzheimer’s.) During a lovely cocktail hour on the terrace, heavy hors d’oeuvres were passed while the talented Lorentz couple entertained. In addition, a simulation-type “Dream Tour” was offered with headphones and gloves for those wishing to gain some insight as to what an Alzheimer’s patient might experience. On hand was CU Chancellor at the Anschutz Medical Campus, Don Elliman and prominent researcher Huntington Potter, PHD, and several doctors representing the Anschutz Medical Campus. After dinner there was live music on the west side of the club, Over $100,000 was raised for the Rocky Mountain Center for Dementia.

 

This article was written by Scottie Taylor Iverson for The Villager

Jim & Jill Lorentz, Co Hosts of the event. Jill owns Summit Resilience Training, Dementia Education for Caregivers and is the host of the Radio Show/Podcast Dementia Resilience with Jill Lorentz, which has listeners in 49 states and 39 countries.
CU Anschutz Medical Campus Chancellor Don Elliman, Huntington Potter, PHD – Professor of Neurology and Director of the Rocky Mountain Alzheimer’s Research Center (RMADC) and Director of the Linda Crnic Institute for Downs Syndrome, Dr. Samantha Holden, Director of the RMADC Clinic, Dr. Jonathon Woodcock, Dr. Peter Pressman – Specialist with Frontotemporal Degeneration at RMADC
Hosts Jill Lorentz, Jim Kennedy and CU Anschutz Medical Campus Philanthropic Advisor, Office of Advancement Carrie Radant Flynn