The 2016 Fayetteville Walk to End Alzheimer’s was by far the most successful to date, raising over $95,750 to support Alzheimer’s Association® initiatives, which include Alzheimer’s care and research, and raising awareness of this devastating disease.
This was the 6th annual Walk hosted and sponsored by McKee Homes in Fayetteville, NC and second year the Walk was held at JP Riddle Stadium, home of the Swamp Dogs minor league baseball team.
Over 1,100 people showed up to support the 2016 Fayetteville Walk to End Alzheimer’s . Thanks to all the volunteers and staff that helped the event run smoothly. There were 125 teams signed up for the Walk this year.
Julie Russo and Pat McKee of McKee Homes started the first Fayetteville Walk to End Alzheimer’s in 2011. Since then the Fayetteville Walks have raised approximately $350,000. Julie Russo describes organizing the Walk as “throwing a party for 1,000 of her closest friends.” A job she does not take lightly.
2016 Walk Photo Gallery
Helping Hits Home
Pat McKee, of McKee Homes, is all too familiar with the impact Alzheimer’s has on those who have the disease as well as their loved ones. Pat’s father, Joe, succumbed after a ten-year battle with this devastating disease. While Joe McKee had a long and successful career in business, he also built personal homes for his family. Alzheimer’s robbed him of his dream of one day becoming a builder. When Pat McKee and his brother, Mike, formed McKee Homes – to focus on building homes at The Cottages at North Ramsey and throughout the Fayetteville area – they dedicated the company to the memory of their father.
The McKee family – Pat, Mike and their mother, Shirley – wanted to do more to honor a beloved father and husband. In the hope that one day other families may not have to face the heartbreak wreaked by Alzheimer’s, they established the Joe McKee Memorial Alzheimer Fund. A percentage of every home sale by McKee Homes goes into this fund to support Alzheimer’s research and care. In addition, the McKees work closely with the Eastern North Carolina Service Area of the Alzheimer’s Association®, supporting efforts such as the Walk to End Alzheimer’s.