The 6th annual Aging Mind Foundation Gala was generously presented by The Joule Hotel on February 29,2020. The event honored Cookie and Dan Owen. Cookie is a Dallas native. She is a beloved wife, mother, grandmother and friend. Cookie is currently living with Alzheimer’s and is cared for lovingly by her husband, Dan. The event benefitted Columbia Medical School’s Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center. The research the AMF grant will fund is being led by Dr. Scott Small. The AMF grant will be used to investigate the cause of Cerebro-Spinal Fluid elevation of the protein Tau in Alzheimer Disease and to further research on the trafficking hypothesis.
The 5th annual Aging Mind Foundation Gala was generously presented by The Joule Hotel on March 23, 2019. The event honored Yvonne and Mayo Crum. Mayo Crum is a native Dallasite, a beloved husband, father and grandfather. He is currently suffering from dementia and lives in a care facility in Dallas where his wife, Yvonne, visits him daily. The event benefitted Yale University School of Medicine’s Cellular Neuroscience, Neurodegeneration and Repair Program. The research the AMF grant is funding is led by Dr. Stephen Strittmatter and will develop therapeutic methods to protect synapses, the specialized connections between nerve cells, from Amyloid-beta triggered degeneration. Success will rescue the brain’s neural network from Alzheimer-associated damage without a need to remove or reduce Amyloid itself.
The 4th annual Aging Mind Foundation Gala was generously presented by The Joule Hotel on February 24, 2018. The event honored Betty and John Tatum. Betty was a well-known and respected Dallas realtor and longstanding community member. The event benefitted the Center for Alzheimer’s and Neurodegnerative Diseases at UT Southwestern. This multidisciplinary research program led by Dr. Marc Diamond, seeks to develop new therapies and diagnostics for Alzheimer’s that will allow diagnosis and treatment in people before the onset of cognitive problems. The funding will support research to identify molecular mechanisms and therapeutic targets that play a key role in the pathogenesis of disease.
The 3rd annual Aging Mind Foundation Gala was generously presented by the Joule Hotel on February 25, 2017. The event honored George and Kristin Kline. Mr. Kline was a noted television and commercial producer and owned a successful TV production company, The George Kline Company. The event benefitted Baylor AT&T Memory Center and funded two dementia research projects.
The 2nd annual Aging Mind Foundation Gala was generously presented by the Joule Hotel on March 5, 2016. The event honored well-known Dallas Morning News columnist, Robert E. Miller and his wife, Shirley Miller. The evening celebrated Bob’s notable accomplishments during his 64-year career at the Dallas Morning News. The event benefitted Center for Brain Health and funded a three-year postdoctoral fellowship.
The first annual Aging Mind Foundation Gala was generously presented by the Joule Hotel on February 21, 2015. The evening celebrated the leadership and notable accomplishments of renowned Dallas executive Robert A. Wilson. Very special guests of the February 2015 gala were Mr. Wilson’s wife, Laura Wilson, and son, award-winning actor, Owen Wilson. The event benefitted the Center for Vital Longevity and funded a three-year postdoctoral fellowship.