Clubs and Organizations
December 29, 2016
Did you know that Alzheimer's disease affects over 5 million Americans today? Out of that number, 350,000 are Texans. Someone is newly diagnosed with Alzheimer's every 66 seconds, and current projections indicate that this rate will increase to one new diagnosis every 33 seconds by 2050. According to the Texas Department of State Health Services, the disease is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States, and Texas currently ranks fourth in the number of Alzheimer's disease cases and second in the number of deaths. With these sobering statistics in mind, The Buckingham, an SQLC retirement community, is proud to announce it has raised more than $23,000 for the Houston/Southeast Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association this year. Throughout the past year, residents and team members at the senior living community have been hard at work participating in various fundraising events to show their support for those living with the disease. Recently, the community participated in the annual Walk to End Alzheimer's to raise awareness and funds for the Alzheimer's Association to support those in the local Houston community affected by the disease. This special event was particularly meaningful as November is National Alzheimer's Disease Awareness Month, and those participating were reminded of how they can impact the lives of those affected by the disease.
"This year was our 10th year to participate in the walk as a community," said Julie Fenske, executive director of The Buckingham. "It was wonderful to see our residents and team members come together with their families to help fight this disease. The impact we've made as a community is astounding. Over the past 10 years, we have raised close to $200,000 for the Houston/Southeast Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association. We are incredibly proud of everyone who has contributed to this cause as we understand firsthand how Alzheimer's impacts the lives of seniors and their families."
In addition to personal donations, the community held a bake sale, silent auction, garage sale, raffles and an Octoberfest dinner. The events had a widespread impact on the community, with support from residents and team members along with their families and those in the local Houston area. The walk was the highlight of this year's fundraising efforts because The Buckingham had its own team. Additionally, resident Inga Liesner raised nearly $6,000 cooking for an Octoberfest dinner at the community. Liesner donated 100 percent of the proceeds to The Buckingham's fundraising efforts.
"At The Buckingham, we do what we can to raise awareness of Alzheimer's disease," said Cathy Lightfoot, director of marketing at The Buckingham. "Every day, we work with residents and families as they face this disease head on, and we are dedicated to making a difference. We know the impact this disease has on our community, and we are hopeful that one day there will be a cure."