In 2014, A Place for Mom made a commitment to becoming an Alzheimer’s Association National Member Team and drastically increase fundraising for the Walk to End Alzheimer’s. We were amazed at the amount of money we raised, and the amount of fun we had doing it this year.
Hundreds of people braved a cold blustery day to join the Seattle Walk to End Alzheimer’s this year. Even though the skies were gray, the smiles were bright and the crowds enthusiastic. While it was sobering to see so many walkers carrying purple flowers signifying that they had lost a loved one to Alzheimer’s or to see the blue flowers carried by those with the disease, there was still an atmosphere of fun and hope at the Alzheimer’s Walk 2015.
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The Walk to End Alzheimer’s has always been an important cause to A Place for Mom because so many of the families we assist are dealing with the effects of this devastating disease. We write articles about Alzheimer’s on our Senior Living Blog to raise awareness and provide support to families and many of our APFM employees have had personal experience with dementia in their own lives.
The Alzheimer’s Association predicts that the number of Americans living with Alzheimer’s will more than double over the next 40 years. It is the only leading cause of death that cannot be cured or even slowed. Research and funding are critical to finding cures and treatments and A Place for Mom is proud to be part of that process through education and participating in the Walk to End Alzheimer’s.
A Place for Mom joined the Alzheimer’s Walk, then known as the Memory Walk, for the first time in 2007. We have walked every year since then and each year our fundraising has become more creative and more successful.
In 2014 APFM raised over $10,000 by holding fundraisers which included selling grilled cheese sandwiches, ice cream sundaes and other fun treats.
We wanted 2015 to be an even more successful year, so early in 2015, we began brainstorming additional ideas for fundraising. Each department in the corporate office sponsored one or more fundraising events and it became a fun competition between teams to see which department’s event would raise the most money.
We kept favorite events from prior years such as:
We also added several new events including:
The wining fundraiser and most popular activity was the taco and margarita bar, complete with limbo competition and a pinata full of donation money and treats.
Due to employee enthusiasm, generosity and individual donations, the A Place for Mom Corporate office team: “APFM Rocks the Walk,” has raised $20,121!
As a nationwide company and an Alzheimer’s Society Member National Team, A Place for Mom has almost 500 employees participating in walks across the country, and so far we have raised $62,000.
How did you contribute to Alzheimer’s this year? Did you participate in the Alzheimer’s Walk 2015? Share your stories with us in the comments below.
Angel Ridout has been a content writer and SEO editor at A Place for Mom since 2012. She’s put her psychology degree to use working in residential care homes in Washington and writing about mental illness in the elderly. She loves interacting with families and professionals dedicated to seniors’ well-being and sharing their experiences.