SunPorch of Dodge City will be hosting a local fundraiser this month as part of its Alzheimer's programs.

The organization will be a part of the Walk to End Alzheimer’s at 10 a.m. Sept. 14 at Wright Park.

"We strongly encourage more teams and individuals to join us for this important annual event," said SunPorch marketing and community liaison Debbie Allen. "Many elders who live at SunPorch have varying degrees of Alzheimer’s. We know how devastating this can be for people with the disease, as well as for their families.

"Raising funds for education and research is crucial and finding a cure is important to all of us. Our team’s goal is to raise $2,200."

Allen said the walk will be a good time to enjoy the outdoors as well.

"Wright Park is a fun place to walk, especially because we can visit the zoo at the same time," Allen said. "And the friendly competition between the teams adds to this fun, rewarding event.

"The SunPorch Memory Walkers are excited about their new team T-shirts and are 'eager to have the community check them out the day of the walk.' "

SunPorch will also be hosting a garage sale at 8 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, with proceeds going to Alzheimer's research.

The garage sale will be in the back parking lot by the old church behind the long-term care residence, 501 W. Beeson Road.

Participants are asked to enter from Long Branch Street and follow the signs to the parking lot.

"Most of the money we raise from the walk and garage sale remains in our local communities; the remainder is used for Alzheimer’s research and other programs," Allen said. "All of us at SunPorch appreciate our collaboration with the Alzheimer’s Association in this effort.

"The association takes the lead in organizing the walk, here and around the country. More than 600 communities nationwide participate in the walk and we are glad to be one of them."

The garage sale will feature clothing for all ages, a large-screen television, lawnmower, picture frames, books, lap blankets, dishes, glassware, decorative items, full-length mirrors, inside and outside toys, and other items.

Visit the SunPorch of Dodge City Facebook page for more information about garage sale items.

To participate and pre-register for the Walk to End Alzheimer's, visit www.alz.org. Teams can also register from 9 to 10 a.m. the day of the walk.

 

To contact the writer, email vmarshall@dodgeglobe.com.