Sunday, February 25, 2018
News Roundup

Tickets on sale for Alzheimer's Association concert fundraiser

SUN CITY CENTER — For years, Alzheimer's Disease was an unspoken reality for the Ellen Kleinschmidt and her family.

She knew her mother had the disease, but they never used the word until they took her to the USF Health Byrd Alzheimer's Institute last summer.

"We knew the results before the doctor sat the three of us down and said, 'Virginia, you've got Alzheimer's,'" Kleinschmidt explained. "Her Alzheimer's has been progressing slowly, but her memory is a thing of the past … so I get to tell her my great stories over and over and every time it's new news to her."

Personally touched by the disease, Kleinschmidt has organized Actors Against Alzheimer's and will stage a one-night only concert. Unforgettable will be presented at 6:30 p.m. on Sept. 19 at the Sun City Center United Methodist Church, 1210 Del Webb Blvd. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door.

The benefit will feature Kleinschmidt, her son Brian, and a number of other local acting favorites, including Barbara VanEycken, Alex Council, Kathy Straub, Michael Boyer and Alex Burns. Dan Tackitt and Fran Eckert will host.

Freedom Plaza business development director Connie Lesko, whose parents suffered from Alzheimer's, will present information about the impact Alzheimer's had own her family. The event also will include a silent auction and the sale of a CD Kleinschmidt has produced featuring her favorite songs. All proceeds will go to the Alzheimer's Association.

Kleinschmidt feels blessed that the progression of the disease has been slow with her mother. Her father serves as a terrific caregiver and they lead a simple life as Freedom Plaza residents.

A Parade magazine ad that read in part, "My brain has Alzheimer's but it still has hope," served as inspiration for Kleinschmidt.

"Seriously, that ad changed the way I look at Alzheimer's and my mom," Kleinschmidt said. "I hope that when my granddaughter, Gracie, who is 5, is grown up, Alzheimer's will be a disease last is long gone and forgotten."

For further information contact Ellen Kleinschmidt at [email protected] or call (813) 789-8271.

Ernest Hooper, Times staff writer

Comments
In Black Panther, kids finally see themselves starring on screen

In Black Panther, kids finally see themselves starring on screen

TAMPA — Ezekiel Mills went to the movies on Saturday and after two hours and 15 minutes of make-believe felt something the 13-year-old should be able to feel all the time."I kind of felt special," he said.The movie was Black Panther, the story of the...
Updated: 8 minutes ago
Billy Graham had pride and regret on civil rights issues

Billy Graham had pride and regret on civil rights issues

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — The Rev. Billy Graham was single-minded when he preached about God, prefacing sermon points with the phrase "The Bible says ..." Yet he had a complicated role in race relations, particularly when confronting segregation in his nati...
Updated: 2 hours ago
5 dead after tornado, flooding from central US storms

5 dead after tornado, flooding from central US storms

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The death toll rose to at least five on Sunday after severe thunderstorms swept through the central U.S., spawning a tornado that flattened homes, gale force winds and widespread flooding from the Upper Midwest to Appalachia.The s...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Michelle Obama’s memoir ‘Becoming’ will be released in November

Michelle Obama’s memoir ‘Becoming’ will be released in November

Former first lady Michelle Obama’s first book post-White House will be a memoir titled "Becoming" that will hit book shelves on November 13."Becoming," which publishing company Penguin Random House called "unusually intimate" in a news release Sunday...
Updated: 2 hours ago
NRA spokeswoman becomes new face of gun rights movement

NRA spokeswoman becomes new face of gun rights movement

CHICAGO — Dana Loesch is the new public face of the National Rifle Association, an organization long associated with older white men. At 39, she’s poised, photogenic and a skilled public speaker, yet she’s not softening the message of the NRA as it b...
Updated: 2 hours ago

Updated: 2 hours ago
Hit-and-run driver in fatal accident sought by law enforcement

Hit-and-run driver in fatal accident sought by law enforcement

A hit-and-run crash has left a Tampa man dead, his female passenger in critical condition and law enforcement in search of the man who was driving the vehicle that struck them from behind.A Nissan Sentra was traveling north in the inside lane of U.S....
Updated: 3 hours ago
Meet the aptly named Friend of Gasparilla Distance Classic weekend

Meet the aptly named Friend of Gasparilla Distance Classic weekend

TAMPA — Runners in the Publix Gasparilla Distance Classic know The Voice. Year after year, it comes back to them like home. They hear her before they see her as they head up or back on Bayshore Boulevard. The Voice makes them feel part of somet...
Updated: 3 hours ago
Troopers: Bradenton man dies after falling through hole in RV

Troopers: Bradenton man dies after falling through hole in RV

A Bradenton man died on Interstate 75 in Sumter County on Sunday after falling through a hole that opened in the cabin of a recreational vehicle when it collided with a guardrail, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.The man, whose name was not im...
Updated: 3 hours ago
Gasparilla Distance Classic: A day (or two) at the races

Gasparilla Distance Classic: A day (or two) at the races

Meet the various people who take in the Publix Gasparilla Distance Classic race weekend, whether on the sidelines or pounding the pavement.Woman's best friendAt about the one hour, 45-minute mark of Saturday's 15K, an Australian shepherd wearing a se...
Updated: 4 hours ago