Dixon Walk to End Alzheimer’s

Saturday, September 26th marked our 6th Walk to End Alzheimer’s in Central Illinois- and it was such an amazing day! Over 200 people gathered at Lowell Park in Dixon for a morning dedicated to fighting Alzheimer’s disease!

Promise Garden

Promise Garden

Walkers gathered under a pavilion right next to the Rock River for opening and closing ceremonies, breakfast, pictures and fun! The Walk kicked off to a great start with Illinois State Representative Tom Demmer and Dixon Mayor Liandro Arellano giving heartwarming speeches about the disease and community involvement. It was a beautiful morning accompanied by a wonderful view of the promise garden next to the river.

Illinois State Representative Tom Demmer

Illinois State Representative                   Tom Demmer

Dixon Mayor Liandro Arellano

Dixon Mayor Liandro Arellano

We are excited to announce that the Rock River Area Walk to End Alzheimer’s raised $37,950.24! Amazing! Fundraising is not over just yet, though! Walkers can continue to raise money through November 30, 2015. A very special thank you to all sponsors, volunteers and walkers who made this Walk such a success! The following team and walkers were recognized for their above-and-beyond fundraising efforts.

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Top Walkers:
Harold Burkhalter
Jackie Dixon
Vicki Webb

Top Teams:
Burky Bunch
Bill’s Alz Stars
Dixon Health Care

Thank you all for your dedication to ending Alzheimer’s disease!!! Hope to see you next year!

Don’t forget to tag us in your Walk pictures on Facebook for a chance to win a goodie bag filled with tons of Alzheimer’s Association branded items!

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Tazewell Walk to End Alzheimer’s

Thursday, September 24th marked our 5th Walk to End Alzheimer’s in Central Illinois- and an exceptional one at that! Over 200 people gathered at Avanti’s Dome in Pekin for a night dedicated to ending Alzheimer’s!

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Walkers gathered inside the Dome for food, pictures and fun! The Walk kicked off to a great start with warm up stretches led by Pekin High School cheerleaders and a countdown from KISS FM as the walkers made their way to the outdoor walk route! It was a beautiful night accompanied by a beautiful sunset as walkers placed their flowers, signifying why they walk to end Alzheimer’s, in the promise garden.

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We are excited to announce that the Tazewell Walk to End Alzheimer’s beat their fundraising goal, raising over $50,000!!!! Amazing! Fundraising is not over just yet, though! Walkers can continue to raise money through November 30, 2015. A very special thank you to all sponsors, volunteers and walkers who made this Walk such a success! The following team and walkers were recognized for their above-and-beyond fundraising efforts.

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Top Walkers:
Mary Innis
Vicki Horn
Judy Davis

Top Teams:
Old Friends, New Friends
Moose Family Walkers
Team Innis

Thank you all for your dedication to ending Alzheimer’s disease!!! Hope to see you next year!

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Don’t forget to tag us in your Walk pictures on Facebook for a chance to win a goodie bag filled with tons of Alzheimer’s Association branded items!

Macomb Walk to End Alzheimer’s

On Saturday, McDonough County residents joined together as one to fight Alzheimer’s disease. Over 200 people gathered in Veteran’s park at 10 a.m. to join us for the Macomb Walk to End Alzheimer’s.

We were lucky enough to have Kim Williams of Regional Media as emcee for the morning, pumping up the walkers and even sharing her own personal connection to the cause. Kim walked through each color of Promise Garden flowers, encouraging Walkers to raise them high, signifying why they Walk to End Alzheimer’s disease. unnamed (1)

To get Walkers warmed up and ready to take  the trek around Veteran’s Park, Anne Dixon from Free Range Yoga  led Zumba stretches to salsa music. The crowd loved it! unnamed (2)unnamed (3)

We even had special appearances from Rocky, Western Illinois University’s official mascot, and the WIU Cheerleaders. Thank you for encouraging and cheering on the Walk to End Alzheimer’s participants!

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Over 200 participants walked laps around Veteran’s Park hopeful for a cure. We are thrilled to announce that the Macomb Walk to End Alzheimer’s beat their goal of $21,000 raising $24,457.32 so far for Alzheimer’s care, support and research!! Although we surpassed our goal, fundraising is still not closed! Walkers can fundraise through November 30, 2015.

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A special thank you to all of our amazing sponsors, volunteers and and walkers who are committed to ending Alzheimer’s disease. We could not finish this fight without you! The following teams and walkers were recognized after the walk for their outstanding fundraising efforts!
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Top Walkers:
Pam McLean $6,435
Alcinda Craft $3,110
Jill Foster $895
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Top Teams:

Richmond Rise $3,110
Alexander the Great $1,805
IL Dot Foods $1,465

Pictures will be uploaded to our Facebook this week! Be sure to tag us in your Walk pictures for a chance to win a free Alzheimer’s Association goodie bag! Thank you all for coming out- see you next year!

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Canton Walk to End Alzheimer’s

Wallace Park  was filled with over 150 people joined together in the fight against Alzheimer’s Thursday, September 17th for the Canton Walk to End Alzheimer’s.

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Walkers counted down with Mark, the emcee from WBYS/WCDD as the Canton JFL cheerleaders kicked of the Walk with their encouraging cheering, leading the way for the entire walk and pouring on thanks as walkers crossed the finish line! Walkers completed a lap in Wallace Park, fighting to end Alzheimer’s disease.

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We are excited to announce that the Canton 2015 Walk raised $15,110.80 for Alzheimer’s care, support and research! Didn’t reach your fundraising goal yet? Don’t worry.. participants can continue to raise money through November 30th, 2015!!! Thank you to all walkers, sponsors and volunteers who made the event possible and successful! The following teams and walkers were recognized for their outstanding fundraising.

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Top Walkers:
Shirley Kenser- $1,050
Casie Yocum- $845
Kayla Coonradt- $650

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Top Teams:
The Clayberg- $2,895
Team Doodle- $1,995
Dot’s Dynasty- $1,390

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Thank you all for your dedication to ending Alzheimer’s disease!!! Hope to see you next year!

Don’t forget to tag us in your Walk pictures on Facebook for a chance to win a goodie bag filled with tons of Alzheimer’s Association branded items!

Illinois Valley Walk to End Alzheimer’s

A little rain didn’t stop over 200 people from walking to End Alzheimer’s at the Illinois Valley Walk to End Alzheimer’s last Thursday.. September 10th. The event was meant to be held at Baker Lake in Peru, but due to storms was moved inside to Celebrations 150 in Utica.

Although the rain moved our locations, it did not move our spirits! Everyone came ready to fight Alzheimer’s disease in full-force. Participants enjoyed a delicious dinner provided by Pleasant View, balloon hats and animal from Steve Shultz and live music from Steve Sharp! Many also took a moment to take a picture and tell us why the Walk to en Alzheimer’s; check out the pictures here! Although it was raining, participants did a short walk around the building to show their dedication to fighting this disease.

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We are proud to announce that the Illinois Valley Walk to End Alzheimer’s raised $24,445.20 for the Alzheimer’s Association!!! Fundraising is not over just yet though… walkers can continue to raise money for the Illinois Valley 2015 Walk through November 30th, 2015! A huge THANK YOU to everyone who came out and supported the cause. The following teams and Walkers were recognized this year for their exceptional efforts in raising funds and awareness for Alzheimer’s disease.

Top Walkers:
Vicki Wielgoplan- $795
Linda Pohar- $730
Susan Weber- $520

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Top Teams:
STRAZ- $2,546
Team Markey- $2,345
Team McBre- $1,350

Thank you all for coming despite the yucky weather! Thank you for your efforts in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease!

P.S. Want a chance to win a FREE Alzheimer’s goody bag?! Share your pictures from Walk on social media and tag us!

The Walk to End Alzheimer’s: Team Spotlight

The Walk to End Alzheimer’s event encourages people of all ages to form teams in order to fundraise and walk for the end of Alzheimer’s disease. One of the Alzheimer’s Association Central Illinois Chapter’s teams that attends the event every year is Bradley University’s Sigma Kappa sorority.

This year, 21-year-old Dani Teel, a Public Relations major and Political Science minor, is Sigma Kappa Beta Nu’s team captain. Dani is the Vice President of Philanthropic Service for Sigma Kappa. “Basically, I am responsible for planning our Taco Dinner that we have every spring semester, I spread volunteer opportunities to the chapter, I inform them of other organization’s philanthropic events, I manage our chapter’s service hours and I plan any other philanthropic events that Sigma Kappa may have.”

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One major reason the Sigma Kappa’s annually participate in the Walk to End Alzheimer’s is because the Alzheimer’s Association is one of their five philanthropies they support. “This is the local way that we can help raise awareness and also fundraise.” The proceeds from any other events that Dani will plan for her sorority will go the Sigma Kappa Foundation, who then disperses the money equally to the four other philanthropies.

This year, Sigma Kappa Beta Nu has around 120 girls attending the Walk. Some girls unfortunately cannot attend, but are still fundraising for the Alzheimer’s Association. Dani hopes that this year each girl will raise at least $30. If you do the math, that’s at least $3,600 for Alzheimer’s disease! Sigma Kappa Beta Nu is currently the second highest fundraising team for the Peoria Walk!

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Fundraising and walking at the event to raise awareness is not the only way Sigma Kappa supports the Alzheimer’s Association. Each November they put on an event called “Week of Giving” where the girls print out facts about Alzheimer’s disease and tie them with purple ribbon around trees throughout Bradley’s campus.

As far as personal connections to Alzheimer’s disease, Dani says, “We have so many girls that have personal connections with Alzheimer’s, whether that be grandparents, aunts, uncles, family friends, or some girls even take care of those with Alzheimer’s. The amount of personal connection that the girls have with Alzheimer’s is incredible and that is why we are all so passionate about the Alzheimer’s Association.”

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If you would like to help support Sigma Kappa’s Walk team, you can find their donation page here! 

Join Sigma Kappa Beta Nu at the Peoria Walk to End Alzheimer’s on October 4th at Liberty Park. Registration begins at 12pm and the Walk begins at 2 pm! You can register and form or join a team here!

Quincy Walk to End Alzheimer’s

Over 600 people joined together in the fight against Alzheimer’s last Thursday, September 3rd, at Clat Adams Park for the 18th annual Quincy Walk to End Alzheimer’s.

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The sun was shining and spirits were high as Quincy area residents began flooding in to the park, ready to help end Alzheimer’s. Participants enjoyed a pre-walk picnic and ice-cream provided by Hy-Vee & TCBY, music from Town Square Media and information on Alzheimer’s Association education, programs and advocacy. After a touching speech from Signe Oakley, the Quincy High School marching band kicked off the walk as participants  geared up, promise garden flowers in hand, ready to fight for a cure. The sea of purple trekked down the river and back on a two mile walk, honoring and supporting all those who are or have been affected by Alzheimer’s disease. Their unified efforts in the fight against Alzheimer’s had great results.

We are very excited to announce that the Quincy Walk to End Alzheimer’s raised $62,457.59 dollars for the Alzheimer’s Association!! Fundraising is not over just yet though… walkers can continue to raise money for the Quincy 2015 Walk through November 30th, 2015!  A HUGE thank you to all the walkers, sponsors, national teams and volunteers for their hard work and dedication in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease. The following teams and walkers we’re recognized this year for their above and beyond efforts.

Top Walkers:
Amy Stevens- $1,590
Melanie Geisendorfer $1,575
Martha Nall $1,345

Top Teams:
IL Dot Foods- $4,701
Miles for Memories- $3,772.17
Steven’s Electric $3,695

Starlet Award– Bickford Home
Star Award– Sunset Home

We hope you all enjoyed the walk as much as we did! Thank you for your efforts in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease!

P.S. Want a chance to win a FREE Alzheimer’s goody bag?! Share your pictures from Walk on social media and tag us! J

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