The Cherry Village Benevolence team at the recent Walk to End Alzheimer’s was rewarded with two first-place recognitions for its charitable efforts.
The group representing the long-term-care facility raised more than $1,300 in the fight against Alzheimer’s. Shawna Hughes, team member, collected almost $700 of that on her own.
“These two first-place honors indicate how much we care about raising awareness and money for Alzheimer’s support and research,” said Erin Lewis, team captain. “Almost 30 staff members and friends of Cherry Village walked and/or raised money.
“Those of us who work at Cherry Village see first-hand what Alzheimer’s means for some of our residents and their families,” she continued. “We will do anything we can to raise money and awareness.”
The team solicited donations and sold meat sticks from the Yoder Meat Market before the Oct. 1, two-mile walk at Jack Kilby Square. The Alzheimer’s Association sponsors the annual event in hundreds of communities across the country.
“Because of our good turnout, the Alzheimer’s Association awarded us with two watercolor pictures that were painted by people who have the disease,” Lewis noted. “We are grateful to the association and everyone else who joined in to help with this worthy cause.”
This was the second consecutive year for Cherry Village participation.
“This is a great way for employees and others to present a united front against this horrible disease,” Lewis explained. “We want to demonstrate how important it is to keep searching for treatments and eventually a cure.”
Cherry Village, 1401 Cherry Lane, is a non-profit entity managed by a local family.