STAMFORD, Conn., Nov. 22, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- vineyard vines, a brand best known for its whimsical neckties and smiling pink whale logo, announced today it will extend its partnership with CBS Sports commentator Jim Nantz to produce and sell a custom-designed collection benefiting the Nantz National Alzheimer Center (NNAC). Inspired by the symbolic Forget-Me-Not flower, the collection will consist of a canvas belt, cosmetic case, classic and mini tote, and follows the Jim Nantz Forget-Me-Knot tie that launched online earlier this year. All items will be available for sale at www.vineyardvines.com on November 21st and range in cost from $38 to $98.
Jim Nantz, the voice of CBS Sports for over 30 years, watched his father suffer with Alzheimer's for over 13 years. In 2011, Jim and his wife, Courtney, partnered with Houston Methodist Hospital to open the NNAC, which has become a world-renowned center for Alzheimer's care. Under the leadership of Dr. Stanley H. Appel and Dr. Joseph Masdeu, the NNAC is focused on leading research to identify how to prevent and treat this debilitating disease as well as providing resources and support to patients, their families and caregivers.
"We are thrilled to extend our ongoing commitment to Jim and his family," said Shep Murray, vineyard vines CEO & co-founder. "Jim has become a good friend of ours and we deeply admire his commitment to a cause that hits so close to home for him and so many." "We can absolutely relate to Jim's story of losing a parent to a horrible disease," said Ian Murray, vineyard vines CEO & co-founder. "Jim's dedication to the Nantz National Alzheimer Center is truly inspiring and we are happy to do our part in the fight to find a cure."
"Last spring when we created the Forget-Me-Knot tie, we were overwhelmed by the outpouring of support and interest," said Nantz. "Thanks to Shep, Ian and the vineyard vines team we are excited to expand the Forget-Me-Knot collection to create great clothes and accessories while raising critical money for Alzheimer's research."
ABOUT vineyard vines®
A company best known for its whimsical neckties and smiling pink whale logo, was founded in 1998 on Martha's Vineyard when brothers Shep and Ian Murray cut their ties with corporate America to start making ties that represented the Good Life. In addition to signature neckwear, vineyard vines offers a variety of clothing and accessories for men, women and children. Products are sold in over 600 specialty and department stores worldwide, through a seasonal catalog at 1.800.892.4982, online at vineyardvines.com and at over ninety freestanding stores.
ABOUT Nantz National Alzheimer Center
Since its inception in 2011, the Nantz National Alzheimer Center (NNAC) at Houston Methodist Hospital has become a world-renowned research and referral center. Its goals are to prevent Alzheimer's disease, slow memory loss progression and improve the quality of life for every patient. The NNAC is vigorously pursuing research to discover new treatments. Excelling in the use of clinical and research imaging biomarkers, the NNAC has contributed important scientific information relevant to treatment. Multiple preclinical and clinical studies are proceeding to evaluate various approaches and new medications aimed at delaying the progression of the disease or stopping it in its course.
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