Donation Tributes

 Uncle John Royston

Uncle John Royston

In memory of my Uncle John Royston.  Love Peggy Weaver

 

"In memory of our dear, brave, friend Miriam Meshel"   Jo Ann and Richard Gerstman

 

Thank you for your donation Joan Kaufman.

 

Thank you for your donation Melinda and Ken Linder.

 

 Jon Kalb

Jon Kalb

In memory of Jon Ervin Kalb.  A paleontologist and geologist, Jon was a founder of the expedition that recovered the 3.2 million year-old Lucy skeleton.  His 2001 memoir, Adventures in the Bone Trade, details his work in Ethiopia where he directed a team credited with multiple discoveries of hominid fossils and artifacts.  All while struggling for two decades with Parkinson's.  With love, Will Dearborn

 

Thank you for your donation Jeff Ausband.

 Grafton

Grafton

Grafton Sang in the church choir his entire life.  He played the piano and loved anything to do with music.  Throughout his nine years of living with Alzheimer's, the radio was his constant companion; solo and a cappella, he would randomly and most joyously break into song.  Love, Leda and Penelope

 Sam Mayo and his harmonica

Sam Mayo and his harmonica

Sam was all about connecting with people. He had a charisma that immediately drew people to him and it was a cruel fate that one skill he lost was his ability to speak and make sense.  But his strength of personality did not keep people from falling in love with him.  Sam was 1 of the 4 charter members of The 5th Dementia Band.  I will always be thankful for those hours of joy for Sam at a time when it was hard for him to find joy.  Leslee Mayo

 

Thank you for your donation Lisa Piper.

 

Thank you for your donation John Silver.

 

Thank you for your donation Natalie du Pont Edmonds.

 

Thank you for your donation Sarah Emanuel.

 

 Ken and Margreth at a Formula 1 race (he was a sponsor) somewhere in the world.

Ken and Margreth at a Formula 1 race (he was a sponsor) somewhere in the world.

Ken Butterworth, such a vibrant man, was always the center of attention at every party.  Ken captivated people with his many interesting stories and experiences.  People looked up to him and to this day, still consider him to be a great influence in their lives (especially in business).   It is one of life’s cruelties to have such a brilliant mind deteriorate with Alzheimer’s.  The 5th Dementia, through the Music Mends Minds program is now a big, uplifting light, not only for him, but very much for Margreth, his wife and caregiver.

 Gatins Family

Gatins Family

The Gatins family is excited to support talented documentarians like Serene.  Our donation will help bring more awareness about how music can enrich the lives of those who struggle with Parkinson's, Alzheimer's and dementia.

 Muriel

Muriel

In loving memory of Muriel Goodman.  Chip and Vicky Goodman

Thank you for your donation Vicki Evans.

 Len Effron

Len Effron

Len has been our best family friend for nearly 60 years.  When I was 8, my dad died and he and his wife Rickey didn't leave my mom's side.  He's got a wicked sense of humor and a loving heart.  And he's dashing to boot.  With love, Cami and Howard Gordon

 

In memory of Edward Chambers, a very feisty and brave Irishman who never let his Parkinson's disease get him down, even while in an electric wheelchair.  A brave, wounded survivor of WW II and a great husband, dad and granddad.  Judy Chambers.

 

Thank you for your donation Tatiana James.

 

Thank you for your donation Mimi James.

 

Thank you for your donations Adele Plotkin.

 

Thank you for your donation Denise and Jay Gruska.

 

Thank you for your donation John Steinberg.

 

 Ginny Jameson

Ginny Jameson

In memory of Virginia Jameson.  Her energetic smile could light up the room while she danced the night away.  Godspeed Ginny.    Kevin Jameson, Dementia Society of America

 

Thank you to The Marshall and Margherite McComb Foundation for your generous donation through Creative Visions.

 

Thank you for your donation Jon Achenbaum.

 

Thank you for your donation Miriam and Michael Meyer.

 

Thank you for your donation Franne and Paul Fox.

 

Thank you for your donation Hamida Bosmajian.

 

Thank you for your donation Katya Meyer.

 

Thank you for your donation Elizabeth Netto.

 

Thank you for your donation Melisa Bell Reinhart.

 

Thank you for your donation Timon Meyer.

 

Thank you to our anonymous donor!

 Pauline and Pepe

Pauline and Pepe

Our amazing, kind, generous parents, Pauline and Pepe Romano who brought and kept us all together.  Although your memories may not be as crisp and vibrant as they once were, we will forever carry and cherish those memories within us.  With love and respect from all of your children and grandchildren.

 

Thank you for your donation Carol S. Solomon.

 

Thank you for your donation Jytte Springer.

 Pat Young

Pat Young

"Living with Parkinson's depression disabled me artistically for some time.  Singing with The 5th Dementia has not only been a source of great joy, it has reignited my creativity in ways I could not have imagined.  I am once again painting, sculpting, and writing two books.  Music does indeed mend minds."  Pat Young

 Uncle Paul

Uncle Paul

In honor of my wonderful, warm, loving, multi-talented Uncle Paul, who has gifted us with the indelible print of courage by facing change head on with heart and passion and MUSIC!!!  God bless the artistry and social connection of The 5th Dementia band!!                        With love, Lisa Up De Graff

 

In memory of my mother, Gladys Bonfoey and mother-in-law, Edna Judson.  They both suffered from dementia during the last many years of their lives.  It's a cruel way to become ill:  seemed like a very slow death for both of them, especially for Edna, who did not recognize any of the family during the last 18 months of her life.  With love, Marilyn Judson.

 

"In honor of Diana Davidow whose music, art and humanity always inspire us."  Love, Gail Gurland and Beryl Adler.

 

 Michael Meyer

Michael Meyer

In honor of Michael Meyer.  "It's a fascinating subject and a very heart warming film."  With love, Abby Sher

 Selma

Selma

In honor of Selma, who, despite graduating college with a chemistry degree in the mid 1940s (relatively unheard of back then), and earning a masters and doctorate in education - always wanted to be called by her first name.  She focused on teaching teachers how to teach science at the elementary school level which meant that her three amazing children grew up with snakes along with the love of a woman treasured by so many. Her brilliant mind has deteriorated but music brings her immense joy and peace.  With much love, Andrea Kremer

 George E. Ehrlich, M.D.

George E. Ehrlich, M.D.

In memory of George E. Ehrlich, M.D., a prominent physician, who, throughout his battle with Alzheimer's disease, continued to derive daily pleasure from classical music radio and opera broadcasts.  With love, Andrea Kremer

 Diana Davidow (Momo)

Diana Davidow (Momo)

To my extraordinary mom, “Momo” Diana Rogovin Davidow who brings us joy and love everyday. Keep singing Momo!! We love you more than words can say❤️ love, Mer, Chris Kai Juliette and Cole

 Ignacio Alvarez, Jr.

Ignacio Alvarez, Jr.

In memory of Ignacio Alvarez, Jr., who started out as a watchmaker in east L.A. and later become a top navigational engineer traveling around the world working on Lockheed's infamous reconnaissance aircraft, the SR-71 "Blackbird".  Humble and reserved, with a deep love of music and upbeat sense of humor, he was a loving father and devoted husband, beloved by family and friends, and missed by all.  With love, Andrea and Natalie McCall and Emily and Susan Alvarez

 Ignacio and Emily Alvarez

Ignacio and Emily Alvarez