Funding results, progress, innovation: Annual Report 2016

Highlights and Heroes

Events, press coverage and new partnerships all helped to put Cure Alzheimer’s Fund in the spotlight in 2016—and share the message of the importance of research with new audiences. 



Annual Symposium

Hundreds of people came together for our 6th annual symposium, held at the Boston Public Library. Rudy Tanzi, Ph.D., Beth Stevens, Ph.D., and Murali Doraiswamy, M.D., each presented on their research.


CaringKind Partnership

In April, Cure Alzheimer’s Fund created an alliance with CaringKind, formerly the Alzheimer’s Association, New York City Chapter. Through this new relationship, individuals expressing an interest to CaringKind about Alzheimer’s research now will have access to the latest information and resources from CureAlz. Similarly, CaringKind will ensure CureAlz and its supporters have access to critical, state-of-the-art caregiving services and programs.



Harvard Business School Alumni Reunite

Henry McCance and Jeff Morby, Co-Chairmen and Co-Founders of Cure Alzheimer’s Fund and Harvard Business School (HBS) alumni, had their respective 50th and 55th reunions in June. McCance and Morby each spoke in front of members of their own class and other alumni about the work of Cure Alzheimer’s Fund and the importance of research.



Forbes 12 Days of Giving

In December, featured Cure Alzheimer’s Fund as part of its annual “12 Days of Charitable Giving” feature. The piece brought in many donations and helped to highlight the importance of research in the fight against the disease.




On May 21st, Cure Alzheimer’s Fund partnered with Maria Shriver and Equinox Sports Clubs for Move For Minds, an event that brought women and men together to exercise, learn and raise money for brain research. The event raised more than $236,000 nationwide.



Co-Funding Research with Rotary

Cure Alzheimer’s Fund and Rotary joined forces this fall to fund research into why women are more likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease than men. The two organizations granted a total of $375,000 to the lab of Rudy Tanzi, Ph.D., at Massachusetts General Hospital to research gene variants that impact risk differently for women than for men.



Before I Forget

Model and restaurateur Barbara “B.” Smith now is facing the biggest challenge of her life: early-onset Alzheimer’s disease. B. and her husband, Dan Gasby, are going public with their fight—they have written the book “Before I Forget,” and are advocating for scientific research through organizations like Cure Alzheimer’s Fund.





Running 4 Answers

“We did it! In 2016, we brought our seven-year total donations to a quarter of a million dollars! We’re looking forward to the next quarter-million.”

— Carolyn Mastrangelo and Barbara Geiger


Bowling Night

“Alzheimer’s affects so many families—guys on our job, friends and people in our community. This bowling night is our way of pulling the community together for a fun night of fundraising and giving back. Any dollar, any penny raised that can get us closer to a cure... well, ‘nuff said.”

— Lieutenant Ralph Blight, Quincy Fire Fighters IAFF Local 792



Hay Harbor Tennis Tournament

“This terrible disease has impacted so many of us. Cure Alzheimer’s Fund is a groundbreaking organization that is making huge strides, and we are so proud to support it—now for 10 years running.”

— Diana Fiske



A Ride to Never Forget

“We started with our rear wheels in the Atlantic and dipped our fronts in the Pacific. Thanks to all who supported and followed us and Cure Alzheimer’s Fund as we took on this incredible journey. It was a ride to never forget!”

— Sloan Meadows, Zach Browning and Meadows Farms garden centers



Fashion Show and Golf Tournament

“Our mission is to raise money and awareness to cure Alzheimer’s and support families affected by the disease by providing resources and guidance throughout their journey.”

—Bruce and Gregg Johnson, David K. Johnson Foundation





Rick Sharp Golf Classic

“Rick was committed to finding an Alzheimer’s cure, for the benefit of society and our family. He was all in with everything he did, and I see that same passionate approach with Cure Alzheimer Fund’s cutting-edge research.”

— Sherry Sharp, Rick Sharp Alzheimer’s Foundation