Alzheimer’s group sees jump in fundraising, raises $75,000
Nearly 50 men, women and children of all ages went over the edge Saturday to raise funds for the Alzheimer’s Alliance Tri-State organization.
Rather than taking up golf clubs at tournaments, as in years passed, this year’s Alzheimer’s Alliance supporters paid $1,000 each to rappel the roof of a Texas A&M University-Texarkana building in what is now called the Doris K. James Memorial Over the Edge fundraiser.
Organizers hoped the five-hour event would raise $50,000, and it raised nearly $75,000, said Terrie Arnold, Alzheimer’s Alliance executive director.
“This year, we saw a jump up in fundraising,” she said. “We also had a lot of spectators, and it was open to the general public.”
All of the proceeds stay local and provide resources, education and support for families dealing with Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia. Some of the money will enable the alliance to offer scholarships for respite care at the local Our Place Respite Center.
Following 29 years of golf tournament fundraisers, Arnold said the alliance felt it was time for an event that appeals to a new generation.
“Golf tournaments were plentiful, so we decided to try something different this year,” she said. “As it turned out, rappelling brought us in some new generations. … This year’s fundraiser participants range from age 12 to 88, and about half of them were men, and the other half were women. … Some of our participants dressed up as Spider Woman, Wonder Woman and Thunder (the Texarkana Twins Baseball team’s mascot).
Arnold added that that the alliance hopes to hold the same event again next year in the late September or early October.
“This year, Texas A&M was the perfect location, and we couldn’t have asked for a better day (weather-wise),” Arnold said.
■ Molly Woosley begins her descent Saturday down a Texas A&M University-Texarkana building for the Over the Edge fundraiser.