Alzheimer’s walk set for Saturday at BMS

Sue Guinn Legg • Sep 5, 2013 at 8:43 AM

With 5.4 million Americans diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease and no effective treatment available, Alzheimer’s has become the nation’s sixth- leading cause of death.Tri-Cities area residents have an opportunity to help curb those statistics Saturday at the regional Walk to End Alzheimer’s at Bristol Motor Speedway.Held annually in more than 600 communities nationwide, the walk is the single largest fundraising event for Alzheimer’s research and patient support.More than 500 walkers, including teams of families, co-workers and church and civic organizations, will take part in the event, and Debbie Boggs at the Alzheimer’s Association’s Midsouth Chapter office in Johnson City invited everyone to come and bring their families.Registration is free and will begin at 9 a.m. on the race track infield. Pre-walk festivities will also begin at 9 a.m. and will include live music by the Benny Wilson and Brad Puckett bands. Rick Pannell with Kingsport Racing will be there with race cars on display and drivers on hand to meet with the public. A kids zone will be set up with bounce houses, clowns, balloons and face painting. Free food and drinks will be available, and door prizes will be awarded.Those who cannot participate are encouraged to come and enjoy the festivities and add their support through individual or walk-team sponsorships or donations of any amount. All funds raised will go to the Alzheimer’s Association to help provide financial support for research, education and services for local patients and their families.A brief opening ceremony will be held at 10, and the 2-mile, 4-lap walk around the race track will start at 10:15. Parking will be available near the infield gate at the south entrance to the race track off U.S. Highway 11E.For those who cannot attend, donations to the Alzheimer’s Association may be made by mail to the chapter office at 207 N. Boone St., Suite 25, Johnson City, TN 37604. For more information about the Alzheimer’s Association or the walk, call the chapter at 928-4080 or visit www.alz.org/walk.Red Legacy Recovery and the Carter County Sheriff’s Department will host their annual Rock ‘N Red Gala on Saturday night in the Grand Soldiers Ballroom at Carnegie Hotel.Proceeds from the gala will go to Red Legacy Recovery to help provide addiction recovery and life-skills programming for women in the Carter County Dentention Center and the Oxford House of Appalachia.The evening will begin at 6:30 and will include a gourmet dinner, a fashion show with D.J. Chris Reddick, a live auction, a tribute to graphic artist Sam Mays, a performance by Erica Curtis, photography by Keith Dixon Studios and live music by Under the Table. Ten community organizations will serve as table sponsors for the evening, each representing one of 10 ways that addiction impacts both the individual and the community and each with a personal story to share.Tickets to the gala are $50 and will help Red Legacy Recovery in its mission to inspire change and cultivate strength among women who are overcoming personal obstacles to free themselves from addictions and become productive members of the community.Tickets may be obtained by email to redlegacyrecovery@gmail.com or by calling Layla Wright at 773-5519 or Angelee Murray at 704-689-5091.Serve for a Cure, a tennis tourney to help the American Cancer Society provide services for local cancer patients, will be held Sept. 17-21 at Johnson City’s Memorial Park Community Center on Bert Street and the Liberty Bell Tennis Center at Liberty Bell Boulevard.The tournament is open to players ages 16 and older aligned in teams of four to six members with a minimum of two men and two women per team.To advance in the tournaments, teams must win two out of three doubles matches consisting of one ladies’, one men’s and one co-ed match. Match times will be 5:30-8:30 p.m. Sept. 17-20 and 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Sept. 21.Hosted by the Johnson City Parks and Recreation Department, the Mountain Empire Tennis Association and Mountain States Health Alliance, the tournament will also include a Skills Challenge on the evening of Sept. 20 and a dinner dance with live music by the Mark Larkins band on the evening of Sept. 21 at the community center.The tournament entry fee is $100 per team or $25 per player. The registration deadline is Sept. 13. To register or for more information, call Robin DiMona at 283-5820 or Marley Woods at 330-8336 or 773-5569, or email makingtennisfun@gmail.com.If there’s a need or a charitable project in your neighborhood the Good Neighbor column can assist with, large or small, contact Sue Guinn Legg at slegg@johnsoncitypress.com, P.O. Box 1717, Johnson City, TN 37605 1717 or 929-3111, ext. 335.

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