Alzheimer’s group sees jump in fundrais­ing, raises $75,000

Texarkana Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - By Greg Bischof

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.

Staff photo by Hunt Mercier

■ Molly Woosley be­gins her de­scent Satur­day down a Texas A&M Univer­sity-Texarkana build­ing for the Over the Edge fundraiser.

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