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Visiting Angels Scottsdale launches fundraising initiative for Banner Alzheimer’s Institute

Yearlong fundraising endeavor to support Alzheimer’s prevention research

PHOENIX, Ariz. (May 1, 2014) – Banner Alzheimer’s Foundation, the philanthropic resource for Phoenix-based Banner Alzheimer’s Institute (BAI), today announced that it is the grateful beneficiary of a yearlong fundraising initiative from Visiting Angels Scottsdale.

Contributions from the essential personal home care services provider catering to seniors, including those with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, will support Alzheimer’s prevention research via the foundation’s $40 million The BAI Breakthrough campaign.

The fundraising endeavor with Visiting Angels Scottsdale includes donating 3 percent of the company’s operating revenues from memory care services over a 12-month period to Banner. The initiative will result in a donation of up to $25,000.

“About 70 percent of our patients are living with Alzheimer’s disease or struggle with another memory issue,” explained Mark Aspenson, executive director of Visiting Angels Scottsdale. “Seeing firsthand the impact Alzheimer’s has on our patients and their loved ones compelled us to help support Banner Alzheimer’s Institute in its quest to end this heartbreaking disease.”

Visiting Angels Scottsdale began allocating revenues from its memory care services to apply toward the one-year commitment on May 1.

“In philanthropy, there are often ‘natural partners’ brought together by a shared commitment to making things better,” said Andy Kramer Petersen, president and CEO of Banner Alzheimer’s Foundation. “The tremendous work Visiting Angels Scottsdale does each day to help care for and improve quality of life for those touched by Alzheimer’s aligns so closely with the mission and vision of BAI. We’re honored to call Visiting Angels Scottsdale a partner.”

Learn more about The BAI Breakthrough and ways to support Banner Alzheimer’s Institute at or by calling Banner Alzheimer’s Foundation at (602) 747-4483 (GIVE).

About Banner Alzheimer’s Foundation
Banner Alzheimer's Foundation (BAF) is the philanthropic resource for Banner Alzheimer's Institute. Established by nonprofit Banner Health in 2006, BAF is dedicated to securing charitable contributions in support of BAI's mission to end Alzheimer's disease without losing another generation and set a comprehensive standard of care for patients and families. Learn more at

About Banner Alzheimer’s Institute
Through its research and care, Banner Alzheimer’s Institute (BAI) is dedicated to the goal of ending Alzheimer’s disease without losing another generation. It is helping to launch a new era of Alzheimer’s research—treatment and prevention at the pre-symptomatic stage—and to establish a new comprehensive model of care. Established in 2006 by Banner Health, one of the country’s largest nonprofit health care systems, BAI has a three-fold focus: to conduct revolutionary studies in the detection, treatment and prevention of Alzheimer’s; to set a national standard of patient and family care; and to forge scientific collaborations that bring together institutions and disciplines internationally. For more information, visit

About Visiting Angels Scottsdale
Visiting Angels Scottsdale is part of the Avery Group, a privately held multi-million dollar healthcare company based in Scottsdale, Ariz., that was started in 2003. Visiting Angels Scottsdale operates four Visiting Angels franchises throughout Maricopa County and is the leader in essential personal homecare services. Thousands of Arizona seniors have been able to remain in their homes through the professional personal care services provided by Visiting Angels Scottsdale. For more information, please visit

Contact: Barby Grant  |  (602) 747-4032  |

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