Walk to End Alzheimer's 2011 - A Recap
Whether you walked, volunteered, or donated, you took the first step to end Alzheimer’s, and we thank you for it. The Walk to End Alzheimer’s is the Alzheimer’s Association’s signature fundraiser and brought together more than 3,800 walkers across Oregon. The walks in Portland and Eugene raised more than $335,000.
Congratulations to our top fundraising team, Prestige Care, who raised more than $27,000 through their paid time off (PTO) donation program. Employees were offered the opportunity to contribute the equivalent of up to a day’s worth of time off to the Alzheimer’s Association.
“Last year, we had several small events but were only able to raise a few thousand dollars,” said Prestige Care Expressions Product Manager Dina Newsom. “PTO is an easy way to raise lots of money.”
This year’s walks also brought out the younger generations en masse. Teams representing Oregon State University, University of Portland, Linfield College, St. Francis Youth Group, Portland Community College and more school and youth organizations walked. Sigma Kappa sorority is a national Walk team, and the OSU chapter chartered a bus to make the trek from Corvallis to Eugene. Their 40 walkers also provided much of the volunteer support for the Eugene Walk.
The Sigma Kappa Foundation has awarded more than $1.5 million in grants and funding for Alzheimer’s disease prevention, research and treatment efforts while continuing to educate the public about this debilitating disease through work with senior citizens and care for the elderly.
Stay tuned to www.alz.org/oregon for more info on next year’s walk dates and locations. And remember - the end of Alzheimer’s starts with you.
It's not too early to think about volunteering for Walk to End Alzheimer's 2012! The Walks' success will depend upon enthusiastic teams raising awareness and funds in their communities. Contact the office nearest you.