AWARE Affair CELEBRATE THE MOMENTS Blooms of Hope Friends and Supporters Shopped at Highland Park Village’s Alice and Olivia, Madison and Theory Sharing a Progressive Shopping Experience

A portion of all proceeds benefited AWARE Affair
AWARE – Fighting Alzheimer’s Disease Since 1989

Featured photo: Thad Smith; Sarah B. Smith and Ginny Bond-Fein, AWARE Affair co-chairs; Mark Fein

AWARE Affair CELEBRATE THE MOMENTS Blooms of Hope friends and supporters joined together at Highland Park Village as Alice and Olivia, Madison and Theory welcomed them in an after-hours progressive shopping experience.
Beginning at Madison, AWARE Affair chairs Ginny Bond Fein and Sarah B. Smith, along with AWARE president, Sharon Ballew, sipped champagne, delighted in Sprinkles Cupcakes and shopped in this beautiful store filled with gorgeous gifts, unique finds and luxurious home accessories.

Champagne flowed at the next stop at Theory, where many high style outfits and pairs of shoes were snapped up.  The stunning crowd ended their buying sojourn at the fabulous Alice and Olivia by Stacey Bendet boutique, where Ray Hickingbotham from ROXOR Artisan Gin poured ROXOR’s Blooming Gin & Tonic topped with a hisbiscus bloom and more goodies were served.             

Sharon welcomed the crowd and thanked everyone for joining in the party and showing their support of the entire shopping experience and AWARE Affair. She also thanked the store managers for donating a portion of the proceeds of sales that evening back to AWARE.

Ginny and Sarah thanked sponsors, chatted with friends, and announced honorees Stacey Jones Angel as the Amy Osler Spirit of Education Leadership Award honoree and Honoring in Love: Rebecca “Beauty” Bearden from her family: David M. Bearden, Sr., David M. Bearden, Jr., Sarah Bearden Smith and Gabriel English Bearden, #beautyinalzheimers.  Honorary Chairs are Ellen Terry with her daughter Amy Terry Kriegel and son, Todd Terry. Honorary Celebrity Chair is Harry Benson, internationally renowned photojournalist. Honorary Chairs Emeritus are Kim and David McDavid, Jr.

Sarah also signed copies of her new book, Broken Beauty – Piecing Together Lives Shattered by Early-Onset Alzheimer’s, a heartfelt memoir which takes the reader on her and her family’s journey through her mother’s early onset Alzheimer’s. The sole focus of the book is not on death, but on a family that has taken a firm hold of life and celebrates victory over tragedy. It is #1 new release in Christian Faith and Aging Parents and Eldercare and Amazon bestseller in Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

Dr. Cindy Marshall, Holly Hull Miori

Lounge 31 set an especially luxe scene upstairs as everyone joined in celebrating Sarah’s birthday with Sprinkles Cupcakes and champagne. A perfect ending to a perfect evening!   

For more information about AWARE Affair and AWARE please visit the website  The Dallas Foundation, a 501(c)(3) publicly supported charity, is the fiscal sponsor of AWARE.

Beneficiaries/Grant Recipients:

  • Texas Winds Musical Outreach:       Support for the Concerts for Seniors program, which provides two concerts by professional musicians in each of 95 nursing homes and adult day care facilities serving individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias as well as the economically disadvantaged.

  • Juliette Fowler Communities:      Support for training, implementation, and certification of the “I’m Still Here” program, a national model that provides a person-centered approach to caring for persons with Alzheimer’s through social engagement, new learning experiences, community service, and volunteerism.  The program ensures that unique skills and interests are incorporated into each patient’s day so that experiences are fulfilling.

  • C. C. Young:   Funds to support a board-certified music therapist who will engage with the Memory Care residents for 30 minutes to one hour a day, every day, seven days a week, while becoming familiar with each resident and selecting music on an individual basis according to their preferences.

  • Dallas Museum of Art:  Support for teaching honorariums, supplies, and staffing for Meaningful Moments, a program designed to provide participants with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias and their families or caregivers with ways to engage in art providing a continuing cultural opportunity to everyone regardless of their ability.

  • The Senior Source:        Support for the Senior Companions program matching trained volunteers with individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias and their families needing assistance with meals, errands, and light housekeeping providing caregivers with respite and/or time to work outside the home.

  • Center for Brain Health:         Support for the second year of Studying Sleep Architecture in Early Stage Alzheimer’s Disease to better understand how sleep impacts cognitive health in aging individuals and what role it may play in cognitive impairment.  Results from this three year study could motivate the formulation of better, more multifunctional interventions to slow or halt the progression of cognitive decline in Alzheimer’s disease.       

  • Dallas Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association:     Funds to support the hire of the Dallas Chapter’s Diversity and Inclusion Coordinator.  This individual will develop a Hispanic Outreach manual and program called “Get the Facts” directly dedicated to meeting the needs of the underserved and often mono-lingual Dallas Hispanic community.  The program will use existing partnerships with Telemundo and Univision television stations to help raise awareness and drive attendance to education and support group opportunities.

  • Jewish Family Service:      Support for the salary of a three-quarter-time licensed Clinical Social Worker to provide in-home mental health counseling, care management, and daily living support services to 50 older adults with Alzheimer’s disease and 20 family members and caregivers allowing patients to remain independent and living in their own home.   

  • Center for Vital Longevity:     Support for the salary of Chris Foster, Ph.D, currently working under Dr. Karen Rodrigue, enabling him to continue the second year of a three-year study of biomarker-based risk factors for healthy aging from data collected by the lab from a sample of 200 adults ranging in age from 20-94 years old who are recruited from the Dallas community.

  • Baylor Healthcare System:    Salary support for the Baylor AT&T Memory Center to provide a trained care and support specialist onsite at the Baylor AT&T Memory Center.  By placing this valuable service at the point of care, patients and their families in early diagnosis can receive disease education, caregiver skill training and support groups, elder law and financial planning, and a 24/7 helpline allowing physicians to focus on the medical issues surrounding the disease.

The Myrna D. Schlegel AWARE Scholarship Fund Recipients:  Emilia Jasper,
who is pursuing her Graduate Master Degree in Family Health Nursing at TWU and Genova Segura, who is working toward her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at TWU.

Media Sponsors:  PaperCity, The Park Cities News/The Waters Family, My Sweet Charity, Downtown Business News.

AWARE Founders:         Ruth Sharp Altshuler*, Cyndy Hudgins, Nancy Nelson, Evelyn Ponder, Billie Leigh Rippey, Anita Sampels.   * Deceased.

About AWARE: The Dallas Foundation, a 501(c)(3) publicly supported charity, is the fiscal sponsor of AWARE. In partnership with the Foundation, AWARE conducts an annual grant application review process resulting in the selection of the most exemplary nonprofit organizations working on the front lines in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease in Dallas and the North Texas region. AWARE provides funding and support to these outstanding groups that offer services, programs, education, and resources to those suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, their families and caregivers, and to organizations doing valuable research to find a prevention and cure.  Since its founding in 1989, AWARE has donated over $13.5 million towards this cause.

Photos by Dana Driensky.

(Sharon Adams, Adams Communications Public Relations, is honored to represent AWARE.)


Principal of Philanthropy Lifestyles (formerly, the award-winning eBuzzNewsletter and Adams Communications Public Relations, a boutique PR firm specializing in media and community relations for small businesses and nonprofit organizations. Sharon is also a freelance writer whose articles have appeared in Dallas Business Journal, Katy Trail Weekly, People Newspapers (Park Cities People and Preston Hollow People/North Dallas People), Preston Hollow Life magazine, The Park Cities News, White Rock Lake Weekly, numerous blogs and websites and more.