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This year’s Alzheimer’s Association Memory Walk fundraiser drew more than 700 attendees to its brisket luncheon at the Roswell Elk’s Lodge Monday.
Record Staff Writer
This year’s Alzheimer’s Association Memory Walk annual luncheon drew a large crowd of community members who filled the auditorium at the Roswell Elks Club Monday afternoon.
Servers kept busy dishing out brisket lunch with beans and potato salad to the more than 700 attendees.
“I wanted to have a great lunch, which it is,” said Bob Entrop, who also attended last year. “I’m dealing with Alzheimer’s in my own life. My 96-year-old mother has got it. I hope we can find a solution.”
The fundraiser, sponsored by Comfort Keepers, an in-home care service, will support the Alzheimer’s Association’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s. The walk is the nation’s largest event to raise awareness and is held every year in more than 600 communities.
Paula Wilks, a client care coordinator for Comfort Keepers, said organizers of this year’s luncheon pre-sold 650 lunches. At least 50 tickets were sold at the door. Lunches were dished out at the lodge, some were handed out for take-out and some were home-delivered.
“We always have a wonderful turnout,” Wilks said. “This is something people look forward to every year, and it’s for a great cause.”
Comfort Keepers provides assistance to people who need assistance to remain living at home, such as bathing, transport and other basic help.
Marifrank DaHarb, Senior Circle director, said she wanted to support the effort.
“Certainly, I do support anything that might find a cure for Alzheimer’s,” DaHarb said. “I think it’s a terrible disease.”
This year’s luncheon out-sold last year’s enchilada feast. And, organizers provided live music with a guitar player.
Within a half-hour of opening, the room was nearly filled with guests.
“I support anything because at my age, (I support) anything that might help me in a situation like this,” said attendee Virginia Poethig.