Senior Lifestyle is proud to share the philosophy and goals of the Alzheimer’s Association and proud of our designation as a Global Team. The Longest Day event, which took place in June across America, provided us with an opportunity for total engagement in this important cause. Our corporate and regional team members as well as our local senior communities pulled out all the stops this year to meet our fundraising goals for this event, with 106 Senior Lifestyle teams and 254 participants taking part in the event. Additionally, families and residents at our communities always play a vital part in local events, pledging to spend time raising awareness on The Longest Day.
Our fundraising goal this year was $50,000, and we’re proud to say that we met and far exceeded that goal, with a current total of $87,732.28 in funds raised by all Senior Lifestyle teams! We’re proud to have such a committed group of people working to end Alzheimer’s, and until there’s a cure, our goals will remain high and we’ll do our best to exceed them every year. Planning for The Longest Day begins early each year, with many of our teams already looking forward to outdoing themselves at next year’s event. It’s this team spirit and sense of commitment that makes our Senior Lifestyle fundraisers so successful.
Whitney Lane, a Divisional Director of Health and Wellness for Senior Lifestyle, captained our top fundraising team this year. Whitney has been involved with the Alzheimer’s Association for some time, most recently as Engagement Chair for the Mid-South Alzheimer’s Association chapter. She says that while she has been involved in the Walk to End Alzheimer’s in the past, this is her first experience with The Longest Day. She certainly made an amazing first impression! Whitney and her team put together a gala event, A Night to Remember, held on April 24th, with a silent auction, a photo booth, great food and entertainment. Local businesses provided sponsorships and the silent auction featured Walt Disney World passes as well as a vacation at a time-share in Hawaii!
Whitney says she had never attempted an event of this magnitude before, and was anxious about making everything work, but things came together well. We, at Senior Lifestyle, congratulate Whitney and her team for an amazing first effort and can’t wait to see what they do next year. When asked about an annual event, Whitney smiles and states that “people approached me after the gala and said they’d like to help next year because they want to keep this event going!” She also notes that she’s happy to accept the help and the opportunity to delegate a few of the gala-related tasks next year, as she’s still recovering from the event.
For information on a Senior Lifestyle community near you taking part in the Walk to End Alzheimer’s and what you can do to support the goals of the Alzheimer’s Association, please visit our website at www.seniorlifestyle.com. The Walk to End Alzheimer’s is happening soon in your area, so join a team and support the cause!