Food for Thought

Although frontotemporal degeneration (FTD) is a devastating disease for all whose lives it touches, it remains far too little known and poorly understood. If you would like to help to change that, AFTD’s Food for Thought (FFT) campaign is for you.

Food for Thought is a grassroots fundraising and awareness campaign focusing on food and FTD education. Held the last week of September through the first week of October, FFT encompasses World FTD Awareness Week. During this time, people across the world host bake sales, restaurant benefit nights, happy hours and much more.

FFT event hosts tell their stories, making people personally aware of FTD, while serving some food and raising funds to support AFTD’s mission. Hosts can hold any type of event—even an online “virtual” one—as long as food and FTD education are involved.

Hungry to Make a Difference?

If you’re ready to take a bite out of FTD, we have the resources to make it happen. Simply follow the steps below and you’ll be well on your way to putting your state on the map and aid in nationwide resolved against FTD!

Host Toolkit: first, a guide from start to finish, on how to be a successful FFT host.

Contact Form: next, complete this to be connected with a trained, volunteer FFT liaison for one-on-one support throughout the campaign.

Event Details Form: then, submit this once you’ve finalized your plans to request educational and awareness materials for your event.

Classy: finally, create your online fundraising page to streamline donations at your event and further spread FTD awareness.

Post Event Form: after you’ve hosted your event, fill this out by October 21st and your name will appear in our Fall 2019 Newsletter!



Public FFT Events:

Host: Terry Walter
Email: [email protected]
Date: 9/21/2019 (5:00 PM – 7:00 PM)
Location: JAYJAY Gallery 5524 Elvas Ave Sacramento, CA
Event: Wine and Art Event

Host: Chrissy Pikos
Email: [email protected]
Date: 9/22/2019 (11:00 AM – 8:00 PM)
Location: Uncork Your Support! An Annual Wine Tasting Fundraiser. My house, 132 Rutledge Road, Wethersfield Connecticut 06109
Event: Join us for our second annual wine tasting fundraiser. Doors open at 11 am until 8 pm for a casual social gathering. Various wines to taste and snacks provided. Stop in to hang out…stay a while or a little, enjoy a beverage, eat a snack, say hello, and learn a little about FTD in memory of my mother. If you don’t want to make a purchase, I’d still like to see your face… stop in. Sorry, no kids allowed. Formal wine tasting/food pairing presentation at TBA by Traveling Vineyard consultant Jen Komanetsky. 20% of sales will be donated to AFTD. No checks, cash or Amex accepted. For more information, contact Chrissy Pikos [email protected] or 860-916-9405 (call or text). For wine purchases, please visit

Host: Melissa Bissette
Email: [email protected]
Date: 9/23/2019 (5:00 PM – 8:00 PM)
Location: Zaxby’s 3019 Raleigh Road Pkwy Wilson, NC 27896
Event: 10% of sales in the drive thru and in the dining room

Host: Jerry Horn
Email: [email protected]
Date: 9/24/2019 (11:00 AM – 9:00 PM)
Location: Bill-E’s 19992 Highway 181, Fairhope, AL 36532
Event: This is a restaurant giveback event that will encompass both the lunch and dinner hours. The restaurant will be donating back 15% of every meal ticket for anyone who dines and mentions FTD to their server. Last year, I had 23 attendees at this event, and my goal this year is to exceed 30 attendees. I am using the Groupraise platform to organize my event.

Host: Diane Cole
Email: [email protected]
Date: 9/24/2019 (11:00 AM – 11:00 PM)
Location: Coach’s Bar and Grill 2528 W. Glenlord Road Stevensville, MI 49127
Event: The owner, Jeannine Van Liere, will donate 10% of all monies taken in, between 11:00 am and 11:00 pm, to AFTD.

Host: Terry Pontious
Email: [email protected]
Date: 9/25/2019 (6:30 PM – 9:30 PM)
Location: this will run for 4 weeks on a Wend. When my husband bowls. (Garfield Hts, OH)
Event: bake sale

Host: Nicole DeLeve
Email: [email protected]
Date: 9/25/2019 (5:00 PM – 8:00 PM)
Location: Teocali Mexican Restaurant 2512 Holmes St. Kansas City, MO 64108
Event: Tell your server you are dining for FTD or Food for Thought and Teocali will donate 20% to AFTD.

Host: Kathy & Sara LaFone
Email: [email protected]
Date: 9/27/2019 (6:30 PM – 11:00 PM)
Location: Nash Street Tavern 250 S Nash Street Hillsborough, NC 27278
Event: TIMFEST Our second annual evening of live music, friends, comfort food, and raising awareness about FTD and funds for AFTD in memory of Tim LaFone. This event is co-hosted by Kathy LaFone, Tim’s wife, and Sara LaFone, Tim’s daughter.

Host: Dawn Ducca
Email: [email protected]
Date: 9/27/2019 (6:00 AM – 9:00 PM)
Location: Brewed Awakenings Café 7025 E Michigan Ave Saline, MI 48176
Event: I am doing a restaurant giveback night with 10% of all proceeds being donated.

Host: Barbara Coats
Email: [email protected]
Date: 9/28/2019 (4:00 PM – 8:00 PM)
Location: THE BURGER FACTORY 9TH AVE 6907 N 9th Ave Pensacola, FL 32504
Event: The Burger Factory is donating 20% back to AFTD.

Host: Nova Cook
Email: [email protected]
Date: 9/28/2019 (11:00 AM – 10:00 PM)
Location: 127 West Social House Restaurant 127 West Elder Street, Fallbrook, Ca. 92028
Event: All day event, come for Lunch, Dinner, Appetizers & Drinks and 20% of proceeds will go towards AFTD. Attendees must show a digital or paper copy of the flier.

Host: Susan Butterfield
Email: [email protected]
Date: 9/28/2019 (5:00 PM – 7:00 PM)
Location: Shelby, MT
Event: I will be baking cookies to pass out to my neighbors and friends in the new community where I live. I will provide an AFTD brochure with the cookies for an introduction to FTD.

Host: Jourdan Hendricks
Email: [email protected]
Date: 9/30/2019 (4:30 PM)
Location: Facebook (Arlington, TX)
Event: I will be doing a Facebook live “cook-a-long” on Sunday, September 30th and October 6th at 4:30. I will post the grocery lists and equipment needed daily up until each event while also sharing facts about FTD and how to donate. I will also be taking orders for frozen casseroles and deliver them throughout the duration of FFT. All proceeds will be donated to AFTD.

Host: Nanci Anderson
Email: [email protected]
Date: 9/30/2019 (4:00 PM – 8:00 PM)
Location: Excelsior Brewery – 421 3rd Street, Excelsior MN 55331
Event: This is the 2nd Annual Food for Thought Fundraiser. The brewery will be providing the space and hopefully a piece of their sales to AFTD. We will have live bands, food trucks as well as raffle and silent auction items. Our goal is to continue to raise awareness and raise money to support families.

Host: Jerry Horn
Email: [email protected]
Date: 10/1/2019 (5:00 PM – 10:00 PM)
Location: Jason’s Deli 3756 Airport Blvd., Mobile, AL 36608
Event: This event will be a restaurant giveback night with the restaurant donating back 15% of every diner’s meal ticket who identifies as eating out for FTD. Last year, I held a similar event in Mobile during which 55 people participated. This year, my goal is exceed that number. I used the platform to organize and plan my event.

Host: Bridget Graham
Email: [email protected]
Date: 10/2/2019 (4:00 PM – 8:00 PM)
Location: Conshohocken Brewing Company (3100 Horizon Drive, King of Prussia, PA 19406)
Event: Join AFTD on October 2nd (between the hours of 4:00 and 8:00 pm) at Conshohocken Brewing in King of Prussia for a giveback night! Show your server this coupon (print or digital) and 20% of your bill will be donated to AFTD.

Host: Katherine Helton
Email: [email protected]
Date: 10/2/2019 (6:00 PM – 8:00 PM)
Location: Recess Brewing 307 N Main St. Edwardsville, IL 62025
Event: Bake Sale with 100% of the sales being donated.

Host: Karen Hosley
Email: [email protected]
Date: 10/2/2019 (4:00 PM – 8:00 PM)
Location: Chipotle Mexican Grill 334 Russell St Hadley, MA 01035
Event: 33% of sales during the event will be donated to AFTD

Host: Katrina Hellman
Email: [email protected]
Date: 10/3/2019 (5:00 PM – 8:00 PM)
Location: Culver’s Lincoln, IL
Event: 10% of all sales between 5-8pm will be donated to the AFTD

Host: Taylor Long
Email: [email protected]
Date: 10/5/2019 (7:00 AM – 6:00 PM)
Location: Coffee Dog 49 TX-150 Loop, Bastrop, TX 78602
Event: For the duration of time that Coffee Dog is open on Oct. 5th, 25% of the sales proceeds will be donated to the campaign. We will also have a donation box available and be giving out pamphlets + bracelets to educate.

Host: Catherine Sharpsteen
Email: [email protected]
Date: 10/6/2019 (5:00 PM – 7:00 PM)
Location: Metro Condominiums club room 350 South 200 East Salt Lake City, UT 84111
Event: appetizers, soft drinks, information, and presentation about FTD25

Host: Helen Jevnikar
Email: [email protected]
Date: 10/9/2019 (7:00 PM – 9:00 PM)
Location: Kiwanis Senior’s Centre 78 Riverside Drive London, ON N6H 1B4
Event: This event is sponsored by the McCormick Dementia Services. It is an educational event with Dr. Elizabeth Finger and a Guest Panel. Dr. Finger will be presenting for the first half of the evening. This event is free.