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Purple toilet to raise funds for Alzheimer’s

Press Photo by Linda Sailer St. Benedict’s Health Center team leader Joanne Faulhber, left, and Marcia Faulhaber stand beside a purple toilet on Tuesday on the front lawn. It can be removed if a donation is made to the CountryHouse team for the Walk to End Alzheimer’s.

The staff of St. Benedict’s Health Center arrived at work Tuesday morning to see a purple toilet on the lawn next to their sign. The mystery was solved when CountryHouse sent the staff a message — pay a fee to have it removed.

The purple toilet is a fundraiser for the CountryHouse team that is raising money for the upcoming Walk to End Alzheimer’s on Sept. 6.

“We decided to think out of the box, have some fun, and draw attention to a good cause,” CountryHouse Executive Director Stacy Bollinger said.

She credited the idea of the fundraiser to CountryHouse Director of Wellness Anna Schiele. CountryHouse team captain Kenya Henry helped coordinate the project, assisted by the residents who decorated it purple, the color of the Alzheimer’s Association.

The CountryHouse team considers the St. Benedict’s team as it’s biggest rival for the trophies. Last year, St. Benedict’s team won both trophies — the team with the most walkers and the team that raised the most funds. For those two reasons, St. Benedict’s was picked to be the first drop-off point, Bollinger said.

“It’s a little challenge, we mean business,” Bollinger said. “This year we intend to bring the trophies back to CountryHouse.”

St. Benedict’s team was organized by LONA, or Local Organization for Nursing Assistants. LONA President Joanne Faulhaber said the team intends to keep the traveling trophies, and the purple toilet won’t stop them.

St. Benedict’s was given the option to pay $15 to have the toilet removed, $25 to say where the toilet was to be moved next, and $35 to ensure the toilet never comes back. They opted for the insurance.

“We’re hoping to move it around every day to a new location in Dickinson,” Bollinger said, hinting it could be at anyone’s place of business today.