After watching Alzheimer’s disease take a hold of his beloved aunt, Gerry Smirga knew he had to help try and make a difference.
“My Aunt Gayle’s experience made me want to help others not to experience the same sadness,” Gerry said “ I saw the impact it had on her and her children, which made me want to get involved.”
Serving as the Vice President and General Manager of Mark Twain’s Casino, Gerry decided to invoke his passion for fundraising by participating in an Alzheimer’s Association charity dinner at the casino’s La Grange location.
Gerry’s participation and contribution supports key research and care efforts needed for those living with this devastating disease. His donations also fund several care and support programs which help reduce strain on families, an issue Gerry is all too familiar with.
“I was always taught the importance of giving back to our community, and helping raises money to help others in need is important. It was hard to see my aunt suffer with this disease,” Gerry said. “Anything I can do to help those who are suffering and ultimately help raise money for a cure is my goal.”
This year, Gerry will continue to raise critical awareness and funds for the Alzheimer’s Association by participating in The Longest Day.
“Mark Twain Casino will be holding a slot tournament on June 21 from 8 a.m. until midnight. It is $10 to enter and all the proceeds will go directly to the Alzheimer’s Association,” Gerry said. “Mark Twain Casino will provide the prize pool for the winners. It is open to anyone 21 years of age or older and individuals can play multiple times.”
Gerry believes participating in The Longest Day is not only vital for fundraising, but also an opportunity to get involved with the community.
“Others should participate in the Longest Day not only to raise money for the Alzheimer’s Association but to also have some fun. The Longest Day event definitely helps put the “fun” in fundraising.”