Alzheimer's Memory Makers announced

Lockheed Martin MS2 and Drs. Edward and Marian Schoenheit have been named the 2008 Memory Makers award winners by the Alzheimer's Association, central New York Chapter and will be honored at the chapter's annual Memory Makers gala Saturday, May 10 at the LaFayette Hills Golf and Country Club in Syracuse.

"Lockheed Martin, and Ed and Marian are what the Alzheimer's Association is all about," Catherine James, chief executive officer of the Alzheimer's Association, central New York Chapter said. "Their respective accomplishments and dedication personify the meaning of Memory Makers and what it means to be leaders in the community."

The Alzheimers Association bestows its Memory Makers award on individuals and organizations who support the mission of the association and make central New York a better place to live.

Lockheed Martin's Syracuse plant produces maritime and sensor systems for the corporation's Naval Electronics and Surveillance Systems-Radar Systems division. Their employees have committed to the success of Memory Walk, raising in excess of $10,000 annually. Lockheed Martin employs more than 2,350 people at its site on Electronics Parkway in Liverpool.

Edward and Marian Schoenheit have served on the chapter's board of directors since 2004. The Syracuse residents have been outspoken advocates and tireless volunteers and fundraisers for the Association. A former physician,

Ed was diagnosed with Alzheimer's in 1998 and Marian, who is a former educator and school administrator, is his primary caregiver. They made the choice of living life in spite of the disease, taking an active role in fight against the disease.

Invitations to the gala will be mailed in mid-March. To secure an invitation or learn more about becoming a sponsor of the event, contact the Chapter at 472-4201 or www.alzcny.org.

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