AWARE Membership Meeting At The Tradition-Lovers Lane Featured Sarah B. Smith Sharing Her Story From Her Book Broken Beauty – Piecing Together Lives Shattered by Early Onset Alzheimer’s

(Featured photo: Linda Faulkner, The Tradition-Lovers Lane; Jolie Humphrey, President, AWARE, Sarah B. Smith, featured speaker.)*

The AWARE Fall Membership Meeting was hosted by The Tradition-Lovers Lane and featured Sarah B. Smith, a former AWARE Affair co-chair and author, who shared her personal experience dealing with her mother’s early onset Alzheimer’s disease, which she chronicled in her book, Broken Beauty – Piecing Together Lives Shattered by Early Onset Alzheimer’s.

         Jolie Humphrey, AWARE president, welcomed the crowd and after reports from the board and Sarah’s heartfelt presentation, she welcomed Linda Faulkner, who spoke on behalf of Jonathan Perlman, founder and CEO, The Tradition-Lovers Lane. Linda expressed thanks to everyone there for joining in today’s event and gave a presentation about The Tradition’s senior living community. A round of applause was given for the chef’s luscious luncheon buffet and desserts.

Nancy Walker, Jan Ward, Kay Hammond
Lisa Loy Laughlin, Ramona Jones, Billie Leigh Rippey

  Karen Carney, one of the AWARE Affair gala underwriting chairs, announced the AWARE Affair gala is chaired by Kersten Rettig and her husband, Clark Knippers and will be held on Friday, April 3, 2020. More announcements are to follow.
Beneficiaries of the 2019 gala are Baylor Healthcare System, Casa de Vida, Center for Brain Health Mosaic of Meaningful Messages, Center for Vital Longevity Optimizing Neuro-Cognitive Functions in Healthy Living, Dallas Museum of Art Meaningful Moments Program, For Love and Art, Jewish Family Service Older Adults Program, Juliette Fowler Communities, the Senior Source, Stomping Ground Comedy, Texas Winds Musical Outreach, University of Texas Southwestern Optical Coherence Tomography Angiography for Early Diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease and Wilshire Baptist Church.  Myrna D. Schlegel AWARE Scholarship Fund Grant Recipients for 2019-2020 are Lauren Benefield, Melissa George, Grace Penaranda and Alyssa Temple.
Membership in AWARE is open to the public. AWARE is dedicated to fighting Alzheimer’s disease by providing funding and support to programs, projects, and research provided by nonprofit organizations that actively help all individuals affected by Alzheimer’s disease in Dallas and the greater North Texas area. For more information visit
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 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.