The dunk tank was part of Payson Care Center’s fund-raising events to raise money for the upcoming Walk to End Alzheimer’s on Sept. 22 at Green Valley Park. When Christy VanderMolen, Payson Care Center Health Care Services Liaison, took department heads to task to raise funds, they eagerly jumped at the opportunity.
The business office raised more than $800 at the dunk tank, hot dog sale, and silent auction, and Chef TC Menges and his staff have taken orders for over 52 dozen tamales.
Local artist Gary Houston donated two beautiful handmade serving dishes as prizes.
Leading up to the Alzheimer’s Walk, the Director of Communication and Education for Banner Health will be speaking at Payson Care Center on the status of Alzheimer’s research and clarify some common myths on the illness.
The Alzheimer’s Association is also coming to Payson to educate and provide continuing education credits to local nursing staff who work with Alzheimer’s patients.
Sixty-five staff and family members at Payson Care Center have already registered for the walk.
VanderMolen is hoping more people in the community come out and show their support for not just people with Alzheimer’s but for their families and those who care for them.
The Payson Care Center motto for the event is “We Care, We Walk.” To register for the walk, just show up the day of the event. The walk is just over two miles long and will be held at Green Valley Park. Registration for the walk begins at 7:30 a.m. and the walk itself starts at 9 a.m. For additional information, to be a sponsor or to find out how you can participate as a team, call Christy VanderMolen.
Information for this article was provided by Christy VanderMolen.