Garden Terrace at Overland Park, Kansas, participated in the Walk to End Alzheimer’s on Oct. 2, 2016.
A total of 4,391 people participated in the event, and the facility’s team, “The Garden Party Crew,” consisted of 67 members, including associates, residents and family members.
“The Walk to End Alzheimer’s is an event that Garden Terrace has been participating in for years,” said Debbie Biehl, executive director. “It’s always nice to see family members of former residents form their own teams and walk with us or help us at our booth each year.”
The walk began at 8:30 a.m. and lasted for about three hours. Many walkers brought their dogs, and a marching band played music for people to enjoy. Several companies, including memory care facilities, home health agencies and support groups, set up booths at the walk. There were also activity booths for children, including face painting and balloon animal making.
Garden Terrace at Overland Park held many fundraising events prior to the walk, including its annual carnival to support the Alzheimer’s Association, a hot dog sale, a bake sale and a jeans day for associates. The facility also hosted a fundraiser at the On the Border Mexican restaurant, in which anyone who brought the facility’s event flier got 20 percent of the price of their meal donated to the Walk to End Alzheimer’s team. Many associates, families and community members went to the restaurant to eat that day.
“We set a goal each year on how much money we want to raise, and we always surpass that,” said Biehl. “We just want to do our part to help find a cure for this disease that affects the residents we serve each day.”
Garden Terrace at Overland Park’s team raised $6,570 of the $709,866 grand total.