Rams' Martz Teams With Rockefeller, Mattea For Benefit Event
BY ClanRam Staff
CHARLESTON, W.Va. – St. Louis Rams Head Coach Mike Martz is scheduled to join two-time Grammy winner Kathy Mattea as a celebrity guest speaker for the Blanchette Rockefeller Neurosciences Institute Black-Tie Gala hosted by U.S. Senator John “Jay” D. Rockefeller IV (D-WV), on Friday, June 4, 2004 at the Charleston Civic Center. Proceeds will benefit the research institute named in honor of Rockefeller’s mother who suffered from Alzheimer’s disease.
“I am honored to be able to support Senator Rockefeller and the incredible work done at the Blanchette Rockefeller Neurosciences Institute,” said Martz. “I personally witnessed the devastating affects Alzheimer’s disease had on my mother and will do anything possible to assist in finding a cure,” he added.
The $1,000 per person event marks the first major gala in support of the Institute and begins with dinner at 7:30 p.m., followed by a program that includes remarks by Martz, Mattea and Rockefeller.
Country singer Mattea, whose mother currently suffers from the disease, is also scheduled to address the attendees.
“I am very proud of the work of the Institute and the fact that it’s well on its way to becoming one of the nation’s most prominent academic research institutions,” Senator Rockefeller said. “This event will take the Institute and the state of West Virginia one giant step closer to being the world leader in the research of neurological diseases.”
More than 4.5 million Americans currently suffer from Alzheimer’s disease, a number that is expected to soar as the baby boom generation nears retirement according to the Alzheimer’s Association and National Institute on Aging.
St. Louis Rams Coach Mike Martz
Head Coach Mike Martz is set to begin his fifth season at the helm of the St. Louis Rams. Since returning to St. Louis as offensive coordinator in 1999 and as head coach since 2000, the Rams have earned four playoff appearances, captured three division titles, two NFC championships and a Super Bowl victory. Martz, whose late mother Betty suffered from Alzheimer’s, has long been an advocate for the Alzheimer’s cause and continues to host and participate in numerous fundraising and media events to find a cure. In April 2003, Martz testified before the Senate Subcommittee on Health & Human Services to lobby for additional research funds. He was named 2003 Pro Sports Most Active Coach by the World Sports Humanitarian Hall of Fame for his philanthropic efforts. Martz also serves as an ambassador for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Multiple Sclerosis Society, The Variety Club and other St. Louis area children’s charities. Martz is a summa cum laude graduate of Fresno State University.
Blanchette Rockefeller Neurosciences Institute
The Institute, headquartered on the campus of West Virginia University, is a nonprofit, multi-million dollar international medical research center focused on human memory and the development of new drugs and diagnostics to treat and diagnose neurological and cognitive disorders. It is the largest basic science research venture in West Virginia history, and the only major nonprofit Institute focusing on human memory in the world. The Institute is named for Senator Rockefeller’s late mother who battled Alzheimer’s disease for nearly a decade.