CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — It’s a disease that affects more than 170,000 people in North Carolina alone, and one that hits home for some at Carolina Meadows. That’s why in September, the continuing care retirement community made it their mission to raise money for Alzheimers NC – an organization dedicated to providing family support to those whose loved ones are touched by the disease – raising $2,300, more than double what they raised last year.
The bulk of the funds raised, an impressive $1,800 of the $2,300 total, was collected when Carolina Meadows staff and residents hosted the Casual for a Cause event, where staff donated and wore jeans on Fridays.
Money was also raised through the Alzheimer’s NC 5k Run/Walk, held September 12. Team Carolina Meadows had over 40 staff, residents and family run to raise money for the cause. Resident Bill Powers and staff member Kris O’Keefe both won awards for their performances.
“Carolina Meadows staff strongly supports Alzheimers NC, because it is a cause that is near and dear to our hearts. We were excited to raise funds and awareness through participating in these events,” said Amy Gorely, Carolina Meadows’ director of strategic initiatives and outreach.
On Wednesday, September 30, Carolina Meadows was thrilled to present the $2,300 check to Richard Hiatt, development director for Alzheimers NC.
“It was a wonderful experience,” said Hiatt. “I always enjoy meeting those that are out there fundraising and supporting our cause to assist families impacted by Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.”
Alzheimers NC provides education, support and services to individuals with dementia, their families, health care professionals and the general public while raising awareness and funding for research of a cause, treatment, prevention and cure for Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias.
About Carolina Meadows
Carolina Meadows, located in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, was founded in 1983 and is one of the nation’s foremost continuing-care retirement communities. The 166-acre campus boasts private homes and apartments that include a state-of-the-art wellness center, indoor pool, dining venues, a nine-hole golf course, tennis courts and much more. Visit Carolina Meadows online at www.carolinameadows.org.