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Walk to End Alzheimer’s in Fayetteville, NC, Sept. 8th, 2018 at Festival Park

The annual Walk to End Alzheimer’s in Fayetteville, NC, scheduled for September 8, 2018, at Festival Park has everyone so excited! Let’s rewind and highlight the Walk Kickoff Party that took place in August. Each year the Walk committee members, volunteers, and sponsors come together to discuss details pertaining to the Walk, celebrate how well fundraising is going, and to discuss what is needed to reach their goal. This event was a great opportunity to network with other volunteers, learn about the Walk subcommittees, and how to get involved in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease.

2018 Sponsors

Carillon Assisted Living

Cape Fear Valley Health

Home Instead Senior Care

Fonville Morisey Barefoot

Key Group Enterprises

Anderson Creek Club

Visiting Angels

CMG Financial

The Crossings at Hope Mills

Hutchens Law Firm

Belton Septic Tank Service

McKee Homes

Beasley Broadcasting

Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce

H & H Homes

Builders FirstSource

Edward Jones

The Spa Fitness and Wellness Center

Ways to Get Involved:

  1. Walk with us on September 8th! Register yourself, join a team, or start your own team. Currently, there are 95 teams and 577 participants registered.
  2. We are currently at $65,969.71 toward our $100,000 goal!
  3. To find out more information on volunteering click here.
  4. Come out on Bank Night, Wed., 9/5 at the Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce, 159 Maxwell Street from 5-8pm to drop off donations early and pick-up t-shirts or register for the Walk.

If you are unable to attend the Fayetteville Walk click here to find other Walk locations and dates!

Need more information? Visit ALZ.ORG you will find valuable information and resources available for Alzheimer’s patients, family members, and caregivers. Make sure you sign up for the Alzheimer Association e-newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest news and advances in Alzheimer’s treatments, care and research. Get tips for living with Alzheimer’s as well as simple ideas on how you can support the fight to end Alzheimer’s

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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.