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Why I Got Involved

Alzheimer's Association Champions and Zenith members share why they got involved with our mission.
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Jerry StoneThe Zenith Society was founded in 1990 by Jerome H. Stone, who had a deep desire to unite individuals from around the country who have been touched deeply by Alzheimer's and who have the means to significantly advance efforts to eliminate the disease.

Stone, the former chairman and chief executive officer and honorary chairman of Stone Container Corporation, had a vision of a group of passionate and dedicated donors who would represent the highest level of giving at the Alzheimer's Association. Together, this group would play an active and guiding role in deciding which projects to fund with their collective resources.

Today, the Zenith Society recognizes dedicated, generous individuals, families and organizations from across the Association who give gifts of $1 million or more. The Zenith Society harnesses the power and influence of private citizens and organizations nationwide to partner with the Alzheimer's Association, investing in strategic ways to change the course of Alzheimer's and better serve those facing the disease. Members play an active and guiding role in the stewardship of their donor investments. Currently, members of the Zenith Society have given more than $90 million to further the Association's work in critical research, care, support and advocacy.


The Zenith Society plays a direct role in shaping and advancing Alzheimer's research through the Zenith Fellows Awards program.  This program supports senior scientists who have made significant contributions to the field and who continue to pursue and fund promising, innovative approaches to early detection, causes, treatment and prevention. Annually, members review research grant proposals and have exclusive access to progress reports and one-on-one contact with the lead researchers.

In addition, members also have year-round opportunities to connect with leading researchers in a variety of intimate settings, including the Alzheimer's Association International Conference (AAIC). This annual gathering brings together the world's leading dementia scientists to exchange information and Zenith members have an exclusive invitation to attend.

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Advocacy is an emerging area of focus for both the Alzheimer's Association and the Zenith Society. Members have the opportunity to be trained one-on-one by public policy experts so they can speak about Alzheimer's-related legislation with elected officials. Annually, Zenith members travel to Washington, D.C. to engage their representatives in a conversation about Alzheimer's disease and share their experiences.

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Care and Support

Zenith members help to fund the Alzheimer's Association care services, which provide support to all those affected by the disease: those living with Alzheimer's, their caregivers, family members and friends. The Alzheimer's Association offers care programs on both a national and local level, constantly evolving to ensure that the most innovative products are available to our constituents.


Zenith Society members have an unprecedented opportunity to raise awareness of Alzheimer's disease, helping to spread a message about the value of early detection and the benefits a diagnosis can bring to both the person living with the disease and their friends and family.


Zenith members have a high level of involvement across the many facets of the Alzheimer's Association as donors, ambassadors, advocates and volunteers. In addition, many of them serve in leadership roles, assuming positions on both local and national boards. As the philanthropic visionaries of the organization, their opinions, experiences and knowledge are invaluable in the planning Association strategy and growth.

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