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Zenith Fellows Awards

The Zenith Fellows Awards are funded by Zenith members and are among the most prestigious Alzheimer's research grants in the world.

The Zenith Society funds scientists and initiatives that are accelerating progress toward the national goal of treating and preventing Alzheimer's disease by 2025. As a group, the Zenith Society funds the Zenith Fellows Awards and made the lead gift to enable the Global Alzheimer's Association Interactive Network (GAAIN).

Zenith Fellows Awards

The Zenith Fellows Awards are funded by Zenith members and are among the most prestigious Alzheimer's research grants in the world.

The Erb Family Foundation and Clay and Debbie Jones provide seed money to early career investigators. GHR Foundation and Mary Barton Smith support cutting-edge clinical trials of drugs that may be able to prevent Alzheimer's. Larry and Lynda Jodsaas and Joan and Paul Rubschlager have made key investments in the U.S. POINTER study.

Care and support

The Zenith Society has helped growing numbers of people affected by Alzheimer's get the timely diagnoses and services they need to live their best possible life with the disease. Members' generous gifts have supported outreach and education for health professionals, care consultations for families, the Alzheimer's Association 24/7 Helpline and more.

Sheila Konar and Jim Prugh and Diane Fatheree have helped more families receive vital information, care and support at the local level. Joanne Knight and her family are enabling the Association to form partnerships with health systems and hospitals in two states to coordinate dementia care. Jerre and Mary Joy Stead and Bill and Susan Thomas and Jill and Robert Thomas are helping fund national initiatives that will increase access to Association programs and services.


The Zenith Society has helped Alzheimer's Association achieve major public policy victories in recent years. These have included historic increases in National Institutes of Health funding for Alzheimer's research and Medicare-reimbursed care planning for people with Alzheimer's.

Patrick Peyton and Evan Thompson support advocacy efforts that have made Alzheimer's disease a government priority nationwide. The Eisenberg Family has made multiple gifts to the Association to advance the implementation the National Alzheimer's Project Act (NAPA).

Concern and awareness

The Zenith Society has helped the Alzheimer's Association increase public concern about Alzheimer's and decrease the stigma associated with the disease. Members have also helped millions more people facing the disease locate the information and support they need.

The Walk to End Alzheimer's® is the Association's largest awareness-raising activity, and it continues to grow thanks to Zenith Society members including Cheryl Gross and Vicky Patel. Dagmar Dolby has funded local public awareness campaigns, while the Gelfand Family has engaged college students in the cause.

"We are active in this fight for the future of our family — and all families."

Dagmar Dolby
Zenith Society Member

“The Association has the extensive network needed to make promising research happen."

Lynda Jodsaas
Zenith Society Member

"If you want to be a part of history, now’s the time to get involved."

Patrick Peyton
Zenith Society Member

"No one should face Alzheimer's alone, no matter where they call home."

Jim Prugh
Zenith Society Members

The Alzheimer's Association Zenith Society represents our highest and most involved level of philanthropy — setting the bar for leadership giving in critical mission areas of Alzheimer's care, support, advocacy, awareness and research. Together, these inspirational donors are transforming the realities of Alzheimer's disease.

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