When wine industry tastemaker Kerrin Laz’s mother was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s in 2014, she knew that she had to do something to help fight this disease. In 2017, Kerrin founded Inspire Napa Valley to raise critical funds and awareness of Alzheimer’s disease in the Napa Valley, with proceeds directed to support the Alzheimer’s Association. The Inaugural Wine Weekend was held on May 4-6, 2018, and raised over $1 million to support the cause.
“Before my mother's diagnosis, Alzheimer’s seemed like something my grandparents were at risk of getting, not my mother. It has taken me some time to accept the magnitude of creating such a significant event, but I know that now is the time to do this. Thanks to my incredible relationships with wineries and avid wine enthusiasts, wine will be the catalyst to advance awareness and our goal is raise more than $1 million for Alzheimer’s and dementia research while supporting individuals who currently live with the disease."
- Kerrin Laz, Founder, Inspire Napa Valley
Inspire Napa Valley HONORARY COMMITTEE
Antonio Galloni, Ray Isle, David & Monica Stevens, Leslie Rudd and Fran Tarkenton
Inspire Napa Valley Steering Committee
Wendi Green, Elizabeth Marston Leahy, Jamie Leahy, Samantha Rudd, Shannon Staglin and Elizabeth Vianello
About the Alzheimer’s Association
The Alzheimer’s Association is the 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.
The Alzheimer’s Association was founded in 1980 by a group of family caregivers and individuals interested in research. Jerome H. Stone was our founding president. Today, the Association reaches millions of people affected by Alzheimer’s across the globe through our headquarters in Chicago, a public policy office in Washington, D.C., and a presence in communities across the country.
Since its founding in 1981, the Northern California and Northern Nevada chapter has grown into one of the largest in the Alzheimer’s Association’s 82-chapter network. Eleven offices serve population centers like Silicon Valley and San Francisco, and smaller communities like Napa and Sonoma. Each year the chapter serves thousands of families through direct services like the 24/7 helpline, one-on-one care consultations, and more than 150 support groups. Through an active public policy effort and community outreach, the chapter is instrumental in increasing awareness and research funding for Alzheimer's disease. To learn more about the Alzheimer's Association, please visit alz.org.
- Alzheimer’s disease is the nation’s sixth-leading cause of death and one of the costliest chronic diseases to our society.
- It is the only disease among the top 10 causes of death in America that cannot be prevented, cured or even slowed.
- More than 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease – 200,000 of which are age 65 or younger.
- In 2016, more than 15 million family members and friends provided 18.2 billion hours of unpaid care to people with Alzheimer’s and other dementias, at an economic value of over $230 billion. Unless something is done, in 2050, Alzheimer's is projected to cost more than $1 trillion.