Martignetti Family Raises Funds for Alzheimer's Research (Oct 7)

September 21, 2007

Adriana Bobinchock
Laura Neves
Public Affairs

Belmont, MA - The Martignetti family, which owns and operates Martignetti Enterprises, Inc, a family business dealing with masonry, hardscape and landscape supplies, with locations in Woburn and Amesbury, is sponsoring a charity bocce tournament next month with all proceeds benefiting the Geriatric Psychiatry Treatment and Research Program at McLean Hospital in Belmont, Mass.

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    The tournament is scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 7 from 10 am to 4 pm at the SportZone in Derry, NH.

    "This is the third year that we have organized a charity bocce tournament and each year, it gets bigger and more successful. We hope to exceed the $34,000 that we raised last year," says event organizer Sandro Martignetti. "We chose the geriatric department at McLean Hospital to be this year's beneficiary because we have seen firsthand the quality of care they provide and the breakthrough research on Alzheimer's disease that they are conducting."

    A progressive condition that destroys brain cells and structures, Alzheimer's disease causes individuals with the illness to lose the ability to learn, function and remember. Since learning that the beloved matriarch of their family, Elena, has Alzheimer's, the Martignetti family has watched as the disease has slowly robbed her of many of life's joys.

     "Since my grandmother-or Nonna as we call her-was diagnosed two years ago, we have seen a significant difference in how she acts," explains Elena's 13-year-old granddaughter Maya Martignetti. "She has trouble remembering and she can no longer cook, drive or be left home alone. The disease has affected everyone in our family and it is difficult knowing that Nonna has changed forever."

    As a result of the superior care that Elena has received at McLean Hospital, the largest psychiatric affiliate of Harvard Medical School, the Martignettis have decided to donate all of the proceeds from this year's charity bocce tournament to the hospital's Geriatric Psychiatry Treatment and Research Program.

    "We know that there is no cure yet, but hopefully someday soon Alzheimer's will be as curable as a fever," says Maya. "This bocce tournament is our family's way of ensuring that we are doing our part to eradicate this devastating disease."

    James Ellison, MD, clinical director of the Geriatric Psychiatry Program at McLean Hospital, says that charitable donations are important to advancing cutting-edge research on Alzheimer's disease.

    "Alzheimer's is the most prevalent dementia, affecting over one-third of adults in their mid-80s and many younger seniors as well. The generosity of the Martignettis and others has helped McLean Hospital's geriatric program to contribute to the growth of knowledge about dementia and to help develop more beneficial treatment approaches. We are very grateful to be the recipients of this year's bocce tournament donation, and I look forward to attending."

    For more information about participating in the Martignetti Family Charity Bocce Tournament, visit or call 781.983.1472.

    U.S. News & World Report consistently ranks McLean Hospital the nation's top psychiatric hospital. McLean is an affiliate of Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital, and a member of Partners HealthCare.

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