Special to Valley Community Newspapers
In all, Carmichael Oaks raised $13,716. Most of the money was raised through the community’s annual “BBQ, Beer, & Boogie” annual fundraising dinner and raffle event. The Alzheimer’s Association “Walk To End Alzheimer’s” event is the nation’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support, and research.
“We increased our fundraising effort by over 30 percent from last year. Personally my driving force to be involved in the Walk over the past six years was because my mother has Alzheimer’s, as did my grandmother. Three years ago, I came to Carmichael Oaks to learn more about Alzheimer’s. I then became involved on the Walk committee and more involved with our wonderful community,” said Virginia Stone, marketing director for Carmichael Oaks.
In addition to the Carmichael Oaks community award, Virginia personally won two awards for her dedication, “Second Top Producer” and an appreciation award for being a member of the Memory Walk committee.
An estimated 5.4 million Americans have Alzheimer’s disease. Another American develops Alzheimer’s every 69 seconds. The cost of caring for those with Alzheimer’s will total $183 billion in 2011. Since 1989, the Alzheimer’s Association has mobilized millions of Americans in the Memory Walk and now they are continuing to lead the way with the Walk to End Alzheimer’s. The Sacramento Walk raises over a quarter million dollars for programs, services and research right in our own community. The Walk is an all-age, all-ability event held in 600 communities nationwide. With your help, we will be closer to realizing the vision of the Alzheimer’s Association of a world without Alzheimer’s.