AWARE Affair on April 8: Myrna Schlegel and Dr. Cindy Marshall to Receive Awards

(Featured photo: Myrna Schlegel. Dr. Cindy Marshall.)*

Mari Epperson and Sharon Ballew, chairs of AWARE Affair 2022 Soaring to New Heights Fighting Alzheimer’s are delighted to announce William C. Seanor has come on board as the gala’s presenting sponsor. In the spirit of sharing more news about the upcoming gala, the chairs have announced that Dr. Cindy Marshall will receive the Amy Osler Spirit of Education Leadership Award and Myrna Schlegel will receive the Founder’s Spirit Award.

Mari Epperson, Gala Co-Chair; Biddie and Lee Roy Jordan, Honorary Chairs; Sharon Ballew, Gala Co-Chair; Karisti Julia, President, AWARE**

Dr. Marshall is the founder and medical director of the Baylor AT&T Memory Center and has a special interest in treatment of the memory, mood and behavioral problems associated with Alzheimer’s disease. She is the co-author of The Common Sense Guide to Dementia for Clinicians and Caregivers, and has an additional book chapter in press.  She currently serves on the Advisory Council for the UT Dallas School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences, with past service on the Boards of the Alzheimer’s Association Dallas Chapter and AWARE.  Dr. Marshall has a passion for Alzheimer’s Disease education and has presented on the national, regional and local level.  She was recently awarded the designation of Distinguished Fellow by the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry.

Myrna Schlegel, R.N., L.L.D., is a registered nurse, past president of AWARE and past board member of the Alzheimer’s Association Greater Dallas Chapter, National Alzheimer’s Association, and the Blanchette Rockefeller Neurosciences Institute. Recognizing Myrna’s passion for nursing and elder care, AWARE established the Myrna D. Schlegel AWARE Scholarship Award Fund in 1999 in her honor. These scholarships have enabled students specializing in dementia care to pursue their studies with financial support from the Schlegel Fund. The fund has grown to close a half a million dollars.  Myrna’s dream is to keep growing this fund to an endowment so more students throughout North Texas can benefit.  AWARE Dallas is privileged to have the opportunity to partner with Myrna Schlegel on this fund. The Myrna D. Schlegel Scholarship Award is given to nursing students from Baylor, Texas Woman’s University and Texas Christian University to further their studies in the field of gerontology, especially dementia.

Myrna said, “During this COVID pandemic, we have seen more and more of a need, and the lack of personnel to meet that need. Hopefully, this scholarship fund will enable more caregivers to help and assist families.”

Slated for Friday, April 8, 2022 AWARE Affair 2022 Soaring to New Heights Fighting Alzheimer’s takes place at Star Skyline Hangar at the Braniff Centre and will be an evening of beautiful sights, sounds, wonderful food and fellowship, including a cocktail reception, live and silent auctions, seated three course-dinner and entertainment. Attire is cocktail, tie optional.

Honorary chairs are Lee Roy and Biddie Jordan. Honorary chairs emeriti are Sally and Forrest Hoglund, Kim and David McDavid, Jr., Ellen Terry with her daughter, Amy Terry Kriegel and son, Todd Terry. Karisti Julia is president of AWARE.

There are many opportunities to support the gala with individual tickets, exclusive naming opportunities and sponsorships. Find out more on the website at

The 2021-2022 Grant Recipients are: Baylor Scott & White Foundation, CASA DE VIDA, Center for Brain Health at UT Dallas, Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Society, Dallas Museum of Art, Educare, For Love and Art, Jewish Family Service, Juliette Fowler Communities, Plano Symphony Orchestra, Stomping Ground Comedy, The Senior Source, Texas Health Resources, Texas Winds Musical Outreach, The Meadows Museum at Southern Methodist University, The University of Texas Foundation for the Callier Center, the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Visiting Nurses Association of Texas, Wilshire Baptist Church, and the Myrna D. Schlegel AWARE Scholarship Fund.

Media sponsors are Modern Luxury Dallas and Senior Resource Guide.

AWARE Mission: 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 individuals affected by Alzheimer’s in Dallas and the greater North Texas area.

AWARE is a component fund of The Dallas Foundation, a 501 (c) (3) publicly supported charity. In partnership with the Foundation AWARE conducts an annual grant review process by which grant applicants are carefully and thoughtfully vetted to ensure that grant dollars are awarded to organizations that provide outstanding services to Alzheimer’s patients and their caregivers, and to those research institutions that are at the forefront of medical research in the treatment, prevention, and cure of Alzheimer’s disease.

Together with compassion and dedication we can make a difference. Membership is open to both men and women. Join AWARE now and join the fight. Instagram: @awaredallas. Facebook: @awaredallas

*Shclegel/Courtesy photo. Marshall photo by Danny Campbell.

**Photo by Dana Driensky

(Sharon Adams, Adams Communications Public Relations, is honored to represent AWARE and post this Philanthropy Lifestyles eBuzz.)


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