Vermont’s business and community leaders will join the Alzheimer’s Association, Vermont Chapter in honoring Antonio B. Pomerleau on Tuesday, May 26, 2015, at the Hilton Burlington. The sixth annual Alzheimer’s Association Reason to Hope Dinner, Co-Chaired by Michael Seaver, Vermont President of People’s United Bank and Dan Feeney, President of North Star Leasing and Co-Owner of Armistead Senior Care, will present Mr. Pomerleau with one of our community's highest honors - the Alzheimer's Association Community Leadership and Activist Award. “Antonio Pomerleau is someone who personally understands this disease and its impact on individuals and their families” stated Michael Seaver. “The Alzheimer’s Association will recognize his many decades of dedication to the betterment of Vermont and beyond as evidenced by his ongoing support of numerous community organizations including the Burlington Police Department, Greater Burlington YMCA, the Vermont National Guard, St. Michael’s College and $1 million in grants to replace mobile homes lost in Tropical Storm Irene, just to name a few.”
“It is my honor to Co-Chair the 2015 Alzheimer's Association Reason to Hope Dinner and recognize Mr. Pomerleau’s many personal contributions throughout Vermont, and to take an active role in the fight against Alzheimer's” continued Dan Feeney. “Our goal is to raise awareness and funds that will benefit Vermonters affected by this disease.”
The evening’s Mission Speaker is Joan Uronis, a member of the Alzheimer’s Association National Board of Directors and Early Stage Advisor. Joan was diagnosed with younger-onset Alzheimer’s disease in June 2011 at the age of 62. As a self-described “cause fighter”, Joan has found purpose in sharing her diagnosis with others and strives to “get busy living instead of sitting back and dying.” In her role with the Alzheimer’s Association, Joan has inspired professionals, advocates, donors and countless others due to her openness and advocacy about her diagnosis.
Proceeds from the Reason to Hope Dinner will fund crucial programs and services to help Vermonters living with dementia, as well as expand advocacy efforts to assure a coordinated effort on both the national and state level and significantly expand cutting-edge research worldwide. Guests will have the opportunity to bid in a live auction for a three-hour cruise aboard Mr. Pomerleau’s yacht, Paradise Found. The excursion can accommodate up to 15 guests and will include catered food service.
The Alzheimer’s Association is the world’s leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer care, support and research. Our mission is to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. Our vision is a world without Alzheimer’s.