As this year’s presenting sponsor, Hillcrest Health Services recently assisted the Alzheimer’s Association in exceeding its fundraising goal for the Sarpy County Walk to End Alzheimer’s, bringing in nearly $14,000 of the $61,000 raised, making Hillcrest the top fundraising team.
Hillcrest raised these funds through a number of donations, raffles and fundraisers, including bake sales, dunk tanks, penny wars, and even an event to shave a Hillcrest executive’s hair, prior to the August 26 event.
Leading the fundraising efforts was Laura Mayer, Dementia Care Specialist at Hillcrest Health Services, and a committee of team members, representing all of Hillcrest’s communities. Mayer works alongside Hillcrest’s nationally-renowned dementia expert Dr. Anna Fisher, Director of Education and Quality at Hillcrest Health Services, who, in addition to Mayer, spoke at this year’s Sarpy Walk to End Alzheimer’s.
“I am honored to have had the opportunity to lead the Hillcrest organization in our fundraising efforts for the Sarpy County Walk to End Alzheimer’s,” Mayer said to the crowd at the walk. “I hope that for as long as it takes we continue to stand together and walk for a future with a cure for Alzheimer’s.”
Each day, Hillcrest Health Services serves nearly 1,200 aging adults, and many of these individuals are experiencing the effects of Alzheimer’s or other dementia disorders. This is why Hillcrest helped lead efforts to start the Sarpy County Walk to End Alzheimer’s in 2014.
Though the 2017 Sarpy Walk to End Alzheimer’s has come to end, Hillcrest’s fundraising efforts have not stopped. This Saturday, representatives from Hillcrest, led by team captain Kari McElderry, will be walking in the Council Bluffs Walk to End Alzheimer’s at Tom Hanafan Rivers Edge Park. The goal is to raise another $1,000 for the Alzheimer’s Association.