The Alzheimer’s Association National Capital Area Chapter recognized 12 individuals as Inspiring Champions at a special reception on Jan. 31 at its corporate offices in Fairfax.
Among the honorees is Oakton resident Rick Gow, honored for work in promoting Alzheimer’s awareness.
A professional wealth management advisor, Gow volunteers his time and expertise as a legal and financial presenter to provide critical information to support families, caregivers and people with dementia as they put financial and legal long-term care plans in place. Gow helps them to explore costs they can expect to incur and addresses questions about insurance, employee and retirement benefits, personal assets, government assistance, and tax deductions and credits. He volunteers at chapter events and promotes the information and support available from the chapter through his work.
The Inspiring Champions Awards program recognizes valuable "above and beyond" contributions of time, talent and resources to the Alzheimer’s Association National Capital Area Chapter. The annual program also serves to thank and honor volunteers who, by their demonstrated commitment and example, inspire others to engage in volunteer service.
The 12 Inspiring champions are (in alphabetical order):
Terry Berry—Extraordinary commitment to advocacy for the fight against Alzheimer’s; Rick Gow—Distinguished work in promoting Alzheimer’s awareness; Lilly Harris—Outstanding fundraising accomplishments for Blondes vs. Brunettes; Phyllis Koudelka—Exemplary commitment to volunteerism for the chapter; Greta Kreuz—Distinguished work in promoting Alzheimer’s awareness; Jane Ottenberg and Richard Creighton—Extraordinary commitment to leadership and support of special events; Dennis Poremski—Exemplary commitment to the Walk to End Alzheimer’s; Marilyn and Stefan Tucker—Extraordinary fundraising leadership for the Walk to End Alzheimer’s; Elizabeth (Liz) Williamson—Exemplary commitment to volunteerism for the chapter; and Janet Wright—Outstanding Team Captain Leadership for the Walk to End Alzheimer’s.