Attractions along the Amalfi Coast

Wesley HutchingsVice president of purchasing with Hutchings Automotive Products, Wesley Hutchings enjoys the time he spends with his three cherished children, Alexis, Bryce, and Chloe. In September of 2010, after a lovely wedding ceremony against the backdrop of the famous Vanderbilt Mansion on Florida’s Fisher Island, Wesley and Rachel Hutchings flew away for a dream honeymoon that took them from Paris to the Amalfi Coast of Italy.

Italy’s Amalfi Coast stretches along the Sorrentine Peninsula with brilliantly white villas and lemon groves perched along cliffs that lead down to the sea. The coastline features some of Europe’s most picturesque towns, including Almalfi, Ravello, and Positano. Once a leader in maritime commerce, the region began to attract tourists in the early 20th century with its isolated charms. In the 21st century, visitors consider the Amalfi Coast one of Italy’s top destinations.

Many prefer to visit the coast during its less congested and more affordable spring and autumn seasons. However, the summer season also offers activities that draw tourists and residents. The Ravello Festival takes place between June and September, during which time the center of town transforms into a stage offering chamber music, ballet, and orchestral performances.

Alzheimer’s Assoc. Joining Forces to Spur Studies Into Brain Disorders

WesleyWesley Hutchings divides his time among professional, family, and charitable activities. Based in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Wesley Hutchings maintains responsibilities as vice president of purchasing for the family firm Hutchings Automotive Products, SA, LLP. In his free time, Wes Hutchings gives to local and national initiatives, including the Alzheimer’s Association.

The Alzheimer’s Association, one of the world leaders in the area of Alzheimer’s research and care, recently partnered with two other nonprofits to fund studies into two of the most common diseases of the brain: Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases. The Alzheimer’s Association will work with the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research and the W. Garfield Weston Foundation to provide grants of up to $150,000 for the development of research projects that utilize existing biological samples and data. The existing biological samples and data will come from the Disease Neuroimaging Initiative and the Parkinson’s Progression Markers Initiative, a pair of already-completed biomarker research projects.

alzheimers-association-logo1The grant program, known as Biomarkers Across Neurodegenerative Disease, will support qualifying research into such areas as the assessment of commonalities between the diseases and the identification of pathways that may cause related disease mechanisms. The collaborative effort is designed to spur research into diseases that affect tens of millions of people around the world.