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World Alzheimer's Awareness Day is September 21. In commemoration, a percentage of Easy Street Cafe proceeds during the week of September 21 through 27 will be donated to the Vermont Alzheimer's Association. Dan Perera, owner of Easy Street Cafe and Purple Moon Pub, reports that he was inspired to lend support by the positive response of the public to the art currently on display in his restaurant.

The show, entitled "TRIO: Art Saves Lives," features the work of local Waitsfield artist Beth Kendrick and two of her students, Mark Markowitt and Suzy Thompson Markowitt of Warren. The intimate show includes a selection of pieces accomplished during their seven-year classroom journey with Mark's dementia. Perera further adds, "It is so heartwarming to see, in person, the healing power of the arts."

Thirty-five million people worldwide are currently afflicted with Alzheimer's and related dementias (5 million in the U.S.). Experts predict that that number will probably double by the year 2050. Although there is yet no cure, certain drugs and alternative regimen and methods help ease the symptoms.

Organizations such as the Alzheimer's Association are working hard to fund medical research projects, support for caregivers and palliative activities for those affected. The monies collected through the Easy Street fundraiser will be specifically earmarked for programs involving the arts.

In addition to patronizing the restaurant, checks payable to the Vermont Alzheimer's Association may be sent to Easy Street Cafe, 6163 Main Street, Waitsfield, VT 05673.

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