Residents and employees walk in Denver City Park, raise over $5,000 for cause
HIGHLANDS RANCH, CO---News reports describe the 22nd Annual Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer's as a record-setter, with over 8,000 participants at Denver City Park on Saturday, September 17th.
Residents and staff of Wind Crest, an Erickson Living retirement community, added thirty-five walkers and runners to that total. Along the way, they raised over $5,000 for the Alzheimer's Association, Colorado Chapter.
2011 marked the fifth consecutive year that the Wind Crest community participated in the Walk to End Alzheimer's.
Tom Jones is the Corporate Director of Information Technology at Wind Crest. As one of the community's coordinators in 2011, he noted that the Walk to End Alzheimer's is special for a number of reasons.
"Wind Crest was involved with the Alzheimer's Association before our campus was officially open, making the Walk to End Alzheimer's our longest-standing volunteer tradition," noted Mr. Jones. "Whether it's with a family member or a resident with whom we have gotten to know, many of us have personal connections that draw us to this cause. Creating awareness and raising funds for research are two ways in which we offer support."
In raising money for the event, Wind Crest held a series of "Jeans Fridays" in which employees wore jeans to work for a contribution. Additionally, vendors and staff members donated items for a silent auction held in August, raising over $1,800.
Joining Mr. Jones on the planning committee were Wind Crest employees Mary Pearson, Peter Ritchie and Meghan Saylor.
For more than twenty-five years, the Alzheimer's Association Colorado Chapter has lead the fight against Alzheimer's disease and related disorders by increasing the understanding of dementia and its impact on family and community, providing information and support for those affected and promoting the advancement of research.
For more information about the Colorado Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association, please visit www.alz.org/co.
About Wind Crest: Wind Crest, managed and developed by Erickson Living, is a retirement community that provides worry-free living for America's seniors-the country's fastest growing population segment. Erickson Living's financial value and predictable monthly service fees provide residents across the country financial peace of mind. Comprehensive health and wellness services, integrated into our continuum of care, lead to demonstrated resident benefits. A robust complement of resident programs and facilities promote an engaged, fulfilling lifestyle that is reflected in resident satisfaction levels that exceed the industry average. And the company's wide-ranging employee programs have earned Erickson Living numerous awards, including Fortune magazine's "Best Companies to Work For®" in 2008 and 2009.