Maureen Moscarino, Mike Moscarino, Ann Paras and Thresa Leah

Aeriella Beddard and Tameka Hale

The Alzheimer’s Association Cleveland and Greater East Ohio Area Chapters’ 2024 A Celebration of Hope Gala brought together community leaders, supporters and partners united in the fight against Alzheimer’s to raise more than $670,000 – marking the most successful event ever and making it one of the top Association galas in the United States.
The annual event supports a variety of Alzheimer’s Association initiatives, including free care and support, research and advocacy. The evening was emceed by WKYC’s Laura Caso and presented by Barb and Brad Sacks.
“A Celebration of Hope is a wonderful chance to celebrate our shared mission – a world without Alzheimer’s – with our most passionate supporters,” said Melissa Zapanta Shelton, executive director of the Alzheimer’s Association Cleveland Area and Greater East Ohio Chapters. “We are more hopeful than ever that we’re working toward a cure, and the event directly impacts the free programs and services we’re able to offer Northeast Ohioans every day.”
Alzheimer’s Association board member Bill Herzog of Bratenahl was honored with the Champion Award in recognition of his leadership in the fight to end Alzheimer’s. From

Joanne Mumaw and Bill Herzog (Champion Award recipient)

launching the Ashtabula Walk to End Alzheimer’s in 2020, to hosting one of the leading The Longest Day events in the nation and serving as a member of the Cleveland Chapter’s Board of Directors, Bill has made it his mission to support families facing the disease, while raising funds to advance critical research. Prior to moving to Bratenahl, Bill was born and raised in Ashtabula, owned an insurance business, raised a family there and was involved in local government.
“Bill is a shining example of a dedicated and passionate volunteer,” continued Shelton. “We are truly grateful for his endless support and were so pleased to honor him surrounded by his friends, family and supporters.”
The event’s platinum sponsors were Covia Corp, The Herzog Family Foundation and The Sherwin-Williams Company. Gold sponsors include Vicki and Ben Brigeman, Cleveland Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center, Deloitte, Diane and Tom Detelich/Grandview Homes, EconoChannel, Tim Eippert/Stratus Unlimited, The House of LaRose, Barbara and Alan Rosskamm and Karen and Dan Tuleta.
Nationwide, one in three seniors dies with Alzheimer’s or another dementia. In Ohio, there are 236,200 individuals over the age of 65 currently living with the disease,

Doug Shelton, Laura Caso, Melissa Zapanta Shelton (Executive Director of Alzheimer’s Association, Cleveland Area and Greater East Ohio chapters) and Maria Caso

according to the Alzheimer’s Association Facts and Figures report.
Those concerned about themselves or a loved one can contact the Alzheimer’s Association Cleveland Area Chapter at 216.342.5556 to schedule a care consultation and be connected to local resources. Story and photographs submitted by Alzheimer’s Association.