NorthBay’s Walkers Raise Money to End Alzheimer's
More than 100 people, wearing bright blue and purple NorthBay T-shirts, gathered in Suisun City’s Harbor Plaza last Saturday, joining hundreds more, to participate in the Walk to End Alzheimer’s fundraising event.
Having such a large NorthBay presence at the event was a dream realized for Sandy Perez, manager of the NorthBay Adult Day Center, who had hoped to see many friends and co-workers there to support the cause. Not only did NorthBay’s supporters turn out in droves, but they surpassed Sandy’s fund raising goal of $10,000, by actually bringing in more than $12,000 in donations. Sixty percent of those funds will be returned to the Adult Day Center by the Alzheimer’s Association.
“I’m thrilled, but I’m also exhausted,” said Sandy, who also served on the event committee. Watching the last of the walkers come through the finish line, she added: “I’m so proud of our NorthBay family.”
The NorthBay “family” was easily the largest team of walkers that day, and the group included not only employees and volunteers, but many family members and friends. As the walkers navigated the three-mile route – some pushing strollers and others pushing wheelchairs – they were accompanied by the lively music of YuMi & The Other Guys, a local band fronted by NorthBay’s own Allison Pearson, ERT with the VacaValley Emergency Department.
Before the walk started, participants were invited to carry flowery pinwheels in colors that represented who they were walking for: themselves, a loved one, or the cause.
The event was so successful, the Alzheimer’s Association has already advised it will be repeated next year, Sandy added.