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What is a team captain for the Walk to End Alzheimer’s?

A team captain for the Walk to end Alzheimer’s plays a crucial role in helping the Alzheimer’s Association meet its goals by being heavily involved in the fundraising and participation aspect of the walk. It is the team captain’s job to be the organizer, motivator, and leader for those on your team. A team captain is provided with an ample amount of tools and resources to successfully raise awareness and funds to help the walk to end Alzheimer’s.

 

The goal of a team captain is to use the tools on your captain’s page in order to spread the news and updates about the upcoming events. The goal should be to get the word out to as many people as you can in hopes that those who feel passionate about the cause can know when and how to join or help.

 

One thing I have learned since my time of being a team captain for the Walk to End Alzheimer’s is that you don’t have to have a personal connection or story pertaining to the disease. However,  after hearing people’s testimonies and seeing the impact this disease and organization has on others around the community, it makes it easier to be motivated to help the cause and make a difference however you can. This feeling and motivation to help can make the role of being a team captain somewhat easy because you will quickly realize that there are a lot of people who want to volunteer, help, or contribute in other ways.

As a team captain, it is helpful to  go into the role with a goal and a plan. Whether your goal  is to recruit a certain number of members on your team, or to raise a certain dollar amount.  Having a goal will help you and your  team stay motivated and and on track.

Fayetteville’s “Walk to End Alzheimer’s” is Moving to Festival Park!

OVERVIEW

Festival Park: https://fcpr.us/parks-trails/parks/festival-park

  • 14 acres
  • Main stage with 40’ x 66’ surface
  • Grass lawn with capacity ranging in the thousands
  • Support areas, backstage, dressing rooms, loading dock, concession area, and public restroom
  • Vendor booth areas with water and power accessibility

 

FESTIVAL PARK AS NEW VENUE

Festival Park is located in downtown Fayetteville at the corner of Ray Avenue and Rowan Street. It was opened in April of 2007 and is a landmark for the downtown Fayetteville area. Festival park is the perfect venue for many events, festivals, and concerts in the Fayetteville area, supporting large crowds and community involvement.

 

The first Fayetteville Walk to End Alzheimer’s had over 200 attendees in 2011, while growing close to 1,000 people last year! There is much to look forward to with this change in venue and space. Jennifer Briand from the Alzheimer’s Association said, “By moving the location to Festival Park, we are giving ourselves more exposure, as well as, utilizing a space we can continue to grow into for years to come. The Promise Garden Ceremony is the most important part of the Walk and by holding the event in Festival Park, we are giving more people the opportunity to clearly listen to it and enjoy it.”

 

Facts from the 2017 Walk:

  • Pre-Walk Volunteers: 37
  • Day of Volunteers: 117
  • Planning Committee Members: 26

 

Logistics for 2018 Walk:

  • September 8, 2018
  • Registration 9:00 – 10:00 AM
  • Ceremony at 10:30 AM
  • Walk at 11:00 AM
  • Route length: 2 miles

2018 Walk Needs:

  • Pre-Walk Volunteers for tabling events, distributing information
  • Day of Volunteers are needed to monitor stations and assist attendees
  • 75 volunteers
  • Fundraising goals- $100,000

 

To find out more about McKee Homes and all of our Community Involvement endeavors click here!

 

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What does your Alzheimer’s Association donations go towards?

The Alzheimer’s Association is an international organization fighting to help make a difference in the battle against Alzheimer’s disease. Many people from around the globe support the fundraising efforts of the Alzheimer’s Association, but some may be wonder, “Where does the money go? What does the money raised help with? How does my dollar make a difference?”

The Alzheimer Association uses donations to:

  • provide care and support to all those facing Alzheimer’s
  • drive research toward treatment and prevention, in hopes of finding a cure
  • serve as the voice for the needs and rights of those affected by Alzheimer’s

Providing care and support

The Alzheimer’s Association has an online message board and a 24/7 helpline that offers assistance to those seeking information. Support groups are also available to help those facing the disease realize they are not alone in the journey as people from their community lock arms to be there for one another.

  • Online message boards through ALZConnected®
  • A free nationwide 24/7 Helpline (800.272.3900) offering information and referrals

Local Support Groups:

  • Caregiver Support Groups are held at Carillon Assisted Living, the Enrichment Center of Lee County, and the Alzheimer’s Association Office
  • Male Caregiver Support Group is available at WakeMed-Cary

For more information visit https://www.calendarwiz.com/calendars/calendar.php?crd=enc&cid%5B%5D=151754&lid%5B%5D=empty&

What about research?

The Alzheimer’s Association provides more than $405 million to over 2,600 scientific proposals which help lead to huge treatment advancements. For example, the global research community came together and designed the first new diagnostic guidelines for Alzheimer’s in 27 years.

Speak up for the needs and rights of those affected!

  • Help pass legislation like the National Alzheimer’s Project Act (mandated a national plan to fight Alzheimer’s)
  • Continue to help ensure federal policy reflects the Alzheimer’s epidemic (which resulted in a $350 million increase in funding)

BBA Wise Giving Alliance non-profit organizations should allocate 65% of total expenses on program activities, with the remainder going to fundraising or administrative needs. The Alzheimer’s Association actually gives a minimum of 79% of its total budget to the needs of Alzheimer’s, a standard possible because of the tremendous volunteer support.

 

 

Join my team at http://act.alz.org/goto/walkthewalkteamchase

Learn more at alz.org/walk

 

Chase Hill

Community Outreach Coordinator, McKee Homes

 

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2016 Fayetteville Walk to End Alzheimer’s

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
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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.

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McKee Homes Donates $30,000 to Alzheimer’s Association

mckee homes donates to alzheimer's association

McKee Homes sponsored the Fayetteville Chamber’s Business After Hours event at Marquis Market in downtown Fayetteville Thursday evening, Feb. 25 at 5:30 pm. The Business After Hours event brings together many local residents, professionals and business owners from the Fayetteville area for a popular networking event.

Pat McKee, President of McKee Homes and President of the Home Builders Association of Fayetteville, along with wife Julie Russo who is VP of Human Resources at McKee Homes, presented the Alzheimer’s Association® with a promotional check for $30,000 which covers all the donations made in 2015 by McKee Homes. Lisa Roberts, Executive Director, Eastern North Carolina Chapter Alzheimer’s Association, accepted the check at the Business After Hours event. From 2011 to 2016, McKee Homes has donated approximately $135,000 to the Alzheimer’s Association® through the Joe McKee Memorial Alzheimer’s Fund.

According to the Alzheimer’s Association® website at alz.org®, North Carolina is home to more than 160,000 individuals living with Alzheimer’s and half a million unpaid caregivers. The Eastern North Carolina Chapter is responsible for providing programs and support services, information, referral, education and advocacy to the 51 counties of Eastern North Carolina.

“Our mission is to utilize our resources and good fortune to support the Alzheimer’s cause in the greater Fayetteville, Wilmington and Raleigh areas by raising awareness of this devastating disease, supporting initiatives of the Alzheimer’s Association® and helping fund Alzheimer’s care and research,” said Pat McKee.

The Business After Hours event was well attended with great food and door prizes given away by McKee Homes.

Being an AEDA Champion

Just 2 months until the Walk!

McKee Homes is an Alzheimer’s Association Early Detection Alliance (AEDA) Champion.  So what does an AEDA champion do and why is early detection so important?  According to the Alzheimer’s Association®:

AEDA Champions are:

  • A reliable source of Alzheimer’s information for those who need help.
  • A vehicle to increase awareness of the 10 warning signs of Alzheimer’s disease.
  • A positive force to improve the health of your company, organization or community.
  • A part of a nationwide network of organizations that are addressing the Alzheimer’s crisis.
  • A leader in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease.

Why Early Detection Matters
Early detection of Alzheimer’s is important for both individuals at risk and those who are caregivers for family members. Most people do not know when forgetting becomes a serious health problem. By putting off learning more, people impacted by Alzheimer’s disease are being diagnosed too late and miss the opportunity to get the best help possible.

Ten early warning signs and symptoms of Alzheimer’s:

  1. Memory loss that disrupts daily life.
  2. Challenges in planning or solving problems.
  3. Difficulty completing familiar tasks.
  4. Confusion with time or place.
  5. Trouble understanding visual images and spatial relationships.
  6. New problems with words in speaking or writing.
  7. Misplacing things and loosing the ability to retrace steps.
  8. Decreased or pour judgment.
  9. Withdrawal from work or social activities.
  10. Changes in mood and personality.

Helping Kids Understand Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer’s has affected my family very deeply.  In the Spring of 2010, my husband lost his father to this disease.  His mom was his father’s primary caregiver.  She shared very little of what she experienced, but when she did share her deep love and compassion for her husband was evident.

Alzheimer’s doesn’t make sense to adults, so how can we explain it to kids?  We can’t answer their questions about “how” and “why.”  We can’t tell them that we won’t get it.  We can’t tell them how to prevent it.  We can’t tell them that there is medicine to take for it.  What we can do is show them that we have the power in us to change some of these “can’ts” to “cans.”  

2012 Walk to End Alzheimer's

My husband and I have hosted the Fayetteville Walk to End Alzheimer’s for the past two years.  All four of our children have participated in this event.  Last year, they wrote and performed a song about Alzheimer’s.  They also made duct tape wallets, koozies and magnets and gave them away to people who made a small donation to the Alzheimer’s Association®. 

We talk to them about how some of the money we raise goes to research that will help scientists better understand this disease and eventually find a cure.  We talk about the caregivers who are able to attend support group meetings that help them better care for their loved ones.  We explain that years ago people got sick and died from diseases that now have cures.

Really, children and adults want the same thing.  They want hope.  They want to make a difference.  They want to feel like they are part of something bigger then themselves. 

The Alzheimer’s Associations® created a video you can share with your children and teens to educate them about this disease.

The 2013 Fayetteville Walk to End Alzheimer’s

“The Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s® is the nation’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Held annually in more than 600 communities nationwide, this inspiring event calls on participants of all ages and abilities to reclaim the future for millions. Together, we can end Alzheimer’s disease, the nation’s sixth-leading cause of death.”

Walk to End Alzheimer's

The 2013 Fayetteville Walk to End Alzheimer’s will be held at 9:00am on Sept. 7 at Liberty Hills, which is in the Kings Grant subdivision.  This walk is organized and run entirely by volunteers.   These awesome volunteers work tirelessly throughout the year to ensure that the Walk is a huge success.

Coldwell Banker Advantage and McKee Homes are hosting a Corporate Breakfast at 8:00am on June 21 at the Dream Center.  During this event, guests will enjoy a delicious breakfast and hear about how your corporate team can join us in the fight against the sixth leading cause of death in America, Alzheimer’s.

For more information about the Fayetteville Walk to End Alzheimer’s or the Corporate Breakfast, please contact Julie at (910) 475-7100, ext. 701.

Sponsorship information and signup form

By Julie Russo