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ABC's 'Grey's Anatomy' Highlights Giving to the Alzheimer's Association
Date:4/28/2009

Web Site for Television Couple Follows Trend of Donating to Charity for Wedding Celebrations

CHICAGO, April 28 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- "Grey's Anatomy" fans can support their favorite show in a unique way this season by signing up to be Alzheimer's Champions and donating to the Alzheimer's Association. Following a trend of incorporating charity in wedding celebrations, a wedding Web site created for "Grey's Anatomy" couple Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo) and Derek Sheperd (Patrick Dempsey) includes a gift registry that directs friends and family (a.k.a. fans of the show) to the Alzheimer's Association for donations instead of traditional department store gift registries. (http://www.theknot.com/ourwedding/MeredithGrey&DerekShepherd)

According to the Chronicle of Philanthropy* 10 percent of couples planning weddings are incorporating charitable elements into their celebrations, and this popular television couple is illustrating the trend. The Alzheimer's Association has created a page dedicated to Meredith and Derek, www.alz.org/Meredith_and_Derek, similar to a page that real couples would create for their own wedding celebrations to benefit the Alzheimer's Association. To illustrate Meredith and Derek's personal connection and selection of the Alzheimer's Association as a charity of choice, their page features photos of Kate Burton, Alzheimer's Champion and actress who played Meredith Grey's mother, Ellis Grey, who had younger-onset Alzheimer's disease before the character's death in season three.

On their Alzheimer's Association page, family, friends and fans of Meredith and Derek have the option to donate to the Alzheimer's Ass
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