Artists sought for April 28 ‘Unforgettable Art: An Affair for Alzheimer’s’ in Rockford

Event benefiting Alzheimer’s Association will be at Prairie Street Brew House

• 40 participating artists will turn blank canvases into works of art as guests enjoy hors d’oeuvres

Staff Report

The Alzheimer’s Association, Greater Illinois Chapter, is seeking 40 artists to create works of art at the 2012 Unforgettable Art: An Affair for Alzheimer’s event to be held Saturday, April 28, 2012, at Prairie Street Brew House, 200 Prairie St., downtown Rockford.

Many artists come back year after year because they enjoy the camaraderie with the other artists as much as they enjoy the time with the public attending the event and helping a worthy cause,” said Kelly Schultz, manager of special events for the Greater Illinois Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association. “Guests enjoy hors d’oeuvres and drinks as they watch 40 talented artists convert blank canvases into works of art. The night concludes with a live auction of all artwork. Unforgettable Art raises funds for those affected by Alzheimer’s disease in the Chapter’s 68-county service area, and is attended by hundreds of Rockford-area business and community leaders, art enthusiasts, families and caregivers of those affected by Alzheimer’s disease.”

In the United States, an estimated 5.4 million people are living with Alzheimer’s disease, and someone develops the disease every 69 seconds.

In Illinois, the number of people aged 65 and older with Alzheimer’s is 210,000; the number is expected to increase by 14 percent to 240,000 in the next 15 years.

Alzheimer’s is a brain disease that causes a slow, steady loss of memory, reasoning and other thinking tasks. Eventually, Alzheimer’s kills, but not before it takes everything away from you. It steals a person’s memories, independence and dignity. It robs spouses of lifetime companions and children of parents and grandparents. It destroys the security of families and depletes billions of dollars annually from family and government budgets.

The costs associated with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias are substantial — and if left unaddressed, will bankrupt our state. In Illinois, more than a half-million caregivers contribute more than 659 million hours of unpaid care, at an estimated value of more than $7.8 billion.

Any artist interested in participating can sign up with Kelly Schultz by calling the Rockford office at (815) 484-1300. Space is limited and capped at 40 artists.

For more about the Alzheimer’s Association, Greater Illinois Chapter, call the Helpline at (800) 272-3900 or visit

From the Dec. 21-27, 2011, issue

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