DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — The Alzheimer’s Resource Center held its annual ‘A Drive to Remember’ fundraiser early Saturday morning at Westgate Park.
“Its the 28th annual ‘A Walk to Remember’ which is the major fundraiser event for the Alzheimer’s Resource Center but this year for obvious reasons we had to tweak it a little bit so this a drive-thru to remember this year,” Co-Chairman Adam Jones said.
However, that did not alter the purpose of the fundraiser which is to bring awareness to those affected by Alzheimer’s disease or any other type of dementia. Alzheimer’s is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States.
The event also provides financial support for educational services for families, caregivers, and victims. Those involved in the event paid $25 to register and receive a T-shirt and of course, drive their decorated vehicle through the course.
“It begins over by between Waterworld and the softball park and it ends over here near the baseball field. We’ve got arches of balloons and people along the way, cheerleaders from various schools are out here and radio stations and tv stations. It’s a pretty cool event,” Jones said.
The organization sets its goal for $100,000 each year and with the circumstances its been difficult to obtain. But, they were pleased with the turnout.
“A lot of different type of corporations have come through individuals have come through and given us a good bit of money. We may not get right at the $100,000 but we’re gonna be okay,” Co-Chair Marilyn Barnes said.
The event takes place on the first Saturday of October every year.