Alzheimer’s Association holds kickoff luncheon for fundraiser

Kelsey Williams, manager of development and initiatives for the Tennessee Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association, was on hand for the recent Walk to End Alzheimer’s kickoff luncheon at the South Jackson Civic Center. Williams informed community members on how to participate and raise funds for the walk that will take place on Saturday, Oct.13 at South Jackson Civic Center.

The Alzheimer’s Association recently held its annual Tullahoma Walk to End Alzheimer’s Kickoff Luncheon on Aug. 17 at the South Jackson Civic Center.

The association hosted the kickoff event for the fundraiser’s current teams and sponsors, as well as for community members who were interested in learning more about the disease and how to get involved.

“The luncheon was to give the community an idea of what the organization does, its impact locally and across the country, and also to give more information about October’s walk,” said Kelsey Williams, Manager of Development and Initiatives for Tennessee Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association.

This will mark the 25th year for walk in Tullahoma and Williams hopes the event’s silver anniversary will be one for the record books.

“We are hoping it’s going to be our best walk yet with the most people and to raise the most money that we’ve ever had,” she said. “Last year, we raised just over $51,000. We also had more [people] participate than we ever had. Over 675 people participated right here in Tullahoma. We hope to meet and break that record this year. Our goal is 785 participants with 62 teams and $59,000. We can’t do that alone, so we are so grateful to our community organizations, business and families that have helped move our cause forward.”

Williams said the benefits of the organization are nationwide.

“While this Tullahoma’s 25th walk, we have 625 locations that participate in the Walk to End Alzheimer’s,

 she said. “We are national organization that operates locally, which is really helpful. For those who may have family members who are affected by the disease in other places, we are able to connect them with that chapter that is serving in their area so they are able to receive the same support services that we provide here.”

The 2018 Walk to End Alzheimer’s in Tullahoma, locally presented by Jack Daniel’s, will be held at the South Jackson Civic Center on Saturday, Oct. 13. Registration will start at 8 a.m., with the opening ceremony at 9 a.m.

For more information about the Walk to End Alzheimer’s, visit alz.org/walk or call 800.272.3900.

The Alzheimer’s Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support and research. The organization’s mission is to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. For more information, visit www.alz.org or call 800-272-3900.

Kali Bradford can be reached by email at kbradford@tullahomanews.com.