The Alzheimer’s Support Auxillary for People (ASAP) will host their 14th annual Mah Jongg for Memory event from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 9, at Willow Brook Country Club. This event brings more than 450 women in our community together to play Mah Jongg, a game of Chinese origin that requires great cognitive ability and memory. The event also features a luncheon and silent auction.
The Alzheimer’s Alliance of Smith County is a local, non-profit agency whose programs and services include respite care, support groups, educational classes, and a tracking program for wanderers. All proceeds raised during Mah Jongg for Memory benefit local families served by the Alliance in the Smith County area.
As the secretary of ASAP, Courtney Klepfer is passionate about helping those who have been affected by the life-alerting diseases of dementia and Alzheimer’s. She also serves as the chairman of the Senior Resource Committee for the Tyler Area Chamber of Commerce. Mrs. Klepfer is a past member of the Alzheimer’s Alliance of Smith County’s Planning Committee and the past vice president of the Healthy Aging Coalition of East Texas.
“I believe that volunteering is good for the individual and the professional. It opens up the opportunity to feel that you are contributing to solutions and making a difference,” Mrs. Klepfer said. “I feel that by giving to others that we are giving to the greater good each day.”
Born in Tyler, Mrs. Klepfer is a lifelong member of our community. She is a graduate of Chapel Hill High School in Chapel Hill, Texas. She earned her associate’s degree from Kilgore Junior College where she was a member of the Rangerettes. Mrs. Klepfer received her bachelor’s degree from The University of Texas at Tyler. She and her husband, Ben, have been married for eight years and are the parents of Dwight, age 3.
“I love that Tyler is a small community where you can see how volunteering is helping others,” Mrs. Klepfer said. “Volunteering is a connection with your community and peers, and we should make it a way of life.”
Groups and individuals interested in attending Mah Jongg for Memory should call the Alzheimer’s Alliance office for more information at 903-509-8323. Pre-payment registration is required. For more information regarding Alzheimer’s disease, Alzheimer’s Alliance programs, services, and volunteer opportunities, please visit www.alzalliance.org.