The Ashley County Alzheimer’s Awareness group will host its eighth annual walk event Nov. 23. Ashley County Alzheimer’s is completely local after splitting away from other state and national groups last year and forming its own 5013 (c) organization.
Linda Watkins said the volunteers work hard to see that all of the money stays in Ashley County.
After years of raising money for the cause this past year was the first time group members were able to see their hard work do something good for the community. Watkins didn’t want to release names to maintain the privacy of the beneficiaries, but said they’ve been able to put the $15,000 raised at the spring banquet to good use helping with multiple needs. For some it has been as simple as gas money to help them get back and forth to their medical appointments.
In the past the fall event, the Alzeimer’s walk, has been a fundraiser for the group, but Watkins says this year they want to look at is more of an awareness event. They didn’t ask for sponsors or donors because they didn’t want to “double dip” after the community was so generous in the spring.
“The business donated and some gave thousands. I couldn’t go back to them and ask them sponsor something else this year,” Watkins said. “We don’t want to double dip when people have been so generous.”
The group is sponsoring the event and if there is any profit from the day, those funds will go into the ACA account.
There will be a 5K walk/run, raffles, door prizes, various booths and vendors, a chili cook off and cinnamon roll bake off all at Yarbrough Field. There will be a $450 grand prize awarded in the chili cook off and $200 grand prize awarded in the cinnamon roll bake off.
Those who don’t wish to enter the chili contest may be test testers for the price of $6. A ticket includes a sample of all of the chili and a bowl of their favorite.
Those interested in entering the event may pick up forms at Heaven Scent in Crossett.
The event will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Watkins says various vendors will be there as well.
Last year, Mayor Scott McCormick proclaimed November as Alzheimer’s month in Crossett. The proclamation stated that Alzheimer’s disease is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States and that today an estimated 5.4 million Americans are struggling with the challenges of Alzheimer’s disease.
Ashley County Alzheimer’s is a 5013(c) organization that donates funds locally to residents battling Alzheimer’s. The charity is managed by board members Linda Watkins, founder; Kerstin Mondragon; Linda Corker, co chair and treasurer; Laura Murray, secretary; and Whitney Green.