Alzheimer’s Disease Resource Center’s East End Walk and Fall Festival Hits Record-Breaking Numbers
Alzheimer’s Disease Resource Center, Inc. (ADRC) hosted its Fourth Annual East End Walk for Alzheimer’s and Fall Festival in Westhampton Beach on Saturday, October 17. Thirty-two teams and 376 individuals came out in support of Alzheimer’s research and awareness. This year’s event featured a pre-walk butterfly release in honor of those who are suffering from Alzheimer’s or have lost their battle with the disease. The walk wrapped with the annual Fall Festival.
Hundreds of participants, volunteers and vendors turned out for the event, which raised nearly $75,000 in support of Alzheimer’s programs and services for local families. It is the largest amount ADRC has ever raised at its Westhampton Beach walk, exceeding the event’s goal by nearly $25,000.
Opening ceremonies were led by Mary Ann Malack-Ragona, Executive Director and CEO of ADRC, who served as the MC, and a color guard by retired members of the United States Navy, followed by a performance by the USO Liberty Bells from New York City and a presentation from Nancy Burner, Esq., of Nancy Burner and Associates, the event sponsor. After the walk, participants enjoyed a complimentary lunch and were also entertained by a petting zoo, pony rides, a photo booth and an appearance by Ronald McDonald, who took photos with participants and their children. Volunteers from the Long Island Pilot also gave out colorful butterfly sticks from the Hope Garden for walkers to carry with them along the walk route.
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Alzheimer’s Disease Resource Center, Inc. — which is headquartered in Bay Shore and has a satellite office in Southampton — is the only local Alzheimer’s disease advocacy and educational facility whose mission is to provide hands-on support and services to families on Long Island and the New York metropolitan area. ADRC works with family members, health care professionals and researchers to ensure quality health care and support to those impacted by Alzheimer’s disease through care and consultation, information and referral, training, support groups, and caregiver safety products.