The Alzheimer’s Association, Michigan Great Lakes Chapter hosted its 22nd annual David E. Rutledge Charity Golf Outing, presented by Absopure and US Ecology, on Monday, July 9 at Travis Pointe Country Club in Ann Arbor. Over 125 golfers came together to raise over $75,000 to fight Alzheimer’s disease through care, support, and research. Participants lauded the event, with some even saying, “this is the best charity outing we go to”!
“I didn’t know anything about Alzheimer’s disease until my mom was diagnosed. Then I learned more than I ever wanted to know,” says former State Representative and event chair David Rutledge, who started the event in 1996 in honor of his mother. “I watched mom slowly deteriorate from a very vibrant woman to a person unable to recognize her own family. And, I watched over time the disease take a devastating toll on each of us especially my dad, her primary caregiver.”
According to the Alzheimer’s Association 2018 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures report, more than 5.7 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease, and more than 16.1 million family and friends provide 18.4 billion hours of unpaid care to those with Alzheimer’s and other dementias. Last year, that care had an estimated economic value of $323 billion.
One of the longest running golf outings in Washtenaw County, the David E. Rutledge Charity Golf Outing has raised more than $1,000,000 over the past two decades, providing invaluable funding for many of the advances in research that have been made since the event’s inception in 1996. Despite these successes, however, there is still work to be done.
“Although we have come a long way, and the money we’ve raised over the last 20 years is incredible, there are still so many families that need our help,” says Melissa Goodson, Development Director for the Alzheimer’s Association, Michigan Great Lakes Chapter. “Alzheimer’s disease currently has no cure, no way of preventing it, and no way of slowing it down. But when you consider how many people in the community have come together over the years to support our vision of a world without Alzheimer’s – it gives you hope that a cure truly is on the horizon.”
To learn more about the Alzheimer’s Association, or ways to support the mission of the organization, call 800.272.3900 or visit alz.org.
MAIN PHOTO: David E. Rutledge (left) with some of the highest-placing golfers at the event.
The Alzheimer’s Association is the world’s leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Our mission is to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. Our vision is a world without Alzheimer’s. For more information, call our 24/7 Helpline at 800.272.3900 or visit alz.org.