The 3rd Annual West Side Walk to End Alzheimer’s held Saturday, September 21st at Avon’s All Pro Freight Stadium featured a group of amazing and committed walkers who showed up to reclaim the future for millions!
Despite drenching, soaking, downpouring, seatpuddling, mascara-running, umbrella-raising, shoe-squelching, ground-pounding rain, the Walk raised over $152,000 to support research toward a cure & treatment, and to provide free programs and services to over 56,000 Northeast Ohioans with the disease.
The West Side Walk to End Alzheimer’s is pleased to announce the award-winning teams from local Healthcare and Senior Living Communities who excelled at raising funds and recruiting walkers. Businesses who specialize in care for seniors understand the need for research and services for those afflicted and their caregivers from first hand experience caring for those with dementia.
In addition to being recognized at the Walk, each 1st place team will be treated to lunch at their community, generously donated by 4 local restaurants: Houlihan’s Restaurant of Westlake, Olde Town Pizza of Amherst, Wood & Wine of Avon, and Yala’s Pizza of Lorain.
Top Fundraising Teams:
1st Arden Courts of Westlake ($7618), team captain Lisa Anthony
2nd Concord Cruisers/Lutheran Home of Westlake ($4270), team captain Janice Snyder
3rd West Bay Care & Rehab Center/Westlake ($3651), team captains Jennifer Lester & Pat Pierce
Largest Walk Teams: 1st Life Care Center of Westlake (65 walkers), team captain Emily Bennett: 2nd Kemper House/Strongsville & Olmsted Falls (53 walkers), team captain Jennifer Nance: 3rd West Bay Care & Rehab Center/Westlake (32 walkers), team captains Jennifer Lester & Pat Pierce.
Rookie-of-the-Year Top Fundraiser: Rockport Elder Daycare/Rocky River ($1397), team captain Amy Zauner.
Arden Courts is a community dedicated to caring for 56 residents with all stages of dementia & Alzheimer’s. Team captain & marketing director, Lisa Anthony, recalled why her team was so committed to the Walk. “We are all here for one reason–rain or shine!–because we want to see an end to this disease. We see the photos of our residents’ past, we hear their stories, we love them for who they are now…but we wish we’d known them then.”
They raised donations from their employees and residents’ families–even some from the past. Several family members also walked with the team.
One of Arden Court’s “care partners” Catherine Murray, & husband,Tom, together raised over $4000, evidence of the devotion & commitment Catherine brings to her job.
At the end of last year’s West Side Walk, the executive director of Life Care Center of Westlake, Maryann Dubyoski, was overheard saying “next year…we’re going to win this!” And team captain Emily Bennett made that happen, recruiting 65 employees, family, & friends, & earning the Largest Walk Team Award! Director of LCC’s Oasis 39-resident memory care unit, Bennett credited the contagious enthusiasm of employees and families of residents who enticed more and more team members with the chance to help end Alzheimer’s. On Walk Day, they were there…rain couldn’t keep them away!
Rockport Elder Daycare of Rocky River earned the Rookie-of-the-Year status selling purple ribbons & candy bars at their front desk & through donations. Amy Zauner, Program Administrator & team captain, was inspired to work in the memory care field after watching her grandfather with Alzhiemer’s. Amy’s daughter sold candy bars through her volleyball season, and another devoted 12 year-old granddaughter of a client made & sold her crazy-loom bracelets for the cause. Rockport opened it’s daycare center in July where they accept clients M-F from 8-4, giving needed break time to caregivers of those afflicted by dementia.
(Thank you to Noel Joyce for submitting this story and photos).
Photo Credits: Clicks by Kat