CountryHouse Residence for memory care recently hosted a 5k color walk/run event with the intention of drawing awareness to alzheimer's disease and dementia, while also trying to raise money for the Alzheimer’s Association. In total, the resident home made a total of $6 thousand, with all of the profits going to the Alzheimer Association.
In 2019, CountryHouse decided to host a block party with the community. That event raised just under $2,000. Tessa Johnson, the executive director at CountryHouse, and Abi Rohrer, the life enrichment coordinator, decided to try something new for 2020, but amid the global pandemic, safe and intriguing ideas were limited. Rohrer came up with the idea of having a 5K walk/run. The idea took off, and the results were something both Johnson and Rohrer had not expected.
“I think if we were to have had to pick a number that we wanted to reach that number would have been $5,000, so $6,000 was the silver lining; it was icing on the cake,” Johnson said. “I think it just tells us that the sky’s the limit for us.”
As for the event itself, the day was filled with mixed emotions for everyone in attendance.
“There were a lot of our family members who knew people who live at Countryhouse. We had families that have had residents that passed away that came back to support it and just people in the community that want to support it,” Johnson said. “Alzheimer's touches a lot of people’s lives and to see that many people come together and be so generous, it’s emotional.”
Johnson and CountryHouse also credit the organizations that helped sponsor the event, allowing the resident home to make the 5K the best it could be.
“We had a ton of sponsors that helped us reach that goal so that we were able to give all the money straight back to the association, and without our Dickinson community members, we couldn’t do that,” Johnson said.
For Johnson, the event could not have been as successful without the teamwork of everyone affiliated with the event.
“It takes everybody, it takes everybody that works at CountryHouse, it takes all of our families, past families, our residents and it takes the community,” Johnson said. “We just have such an incredible community that shows up time and time again for these good causes, and we’re so thankful for that.”
Johnson said the resident home will continue to do its part and help find a cure and provide support, and is planning on another community fundraiser in October.