Vonderlieth joins Alzheimer's fight with fundraisers
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[September 23, 2009]
MOUNT PULASKI -- Anyone who has
ever worked in long-term care (nursing homes) understands the
devastation caused by Alzheimer's disease. While the disease
progresses at its own relentless pace for the victim, the toll on
the family members is constant and progressive. At Vonderlieth
Living Center in Mount Pulaski, staff and residents have drawn a
line in the sand in their fight to increase funding for research.
Activity aide Michele Tremaine decided several months ago to recruit
staff to walk in the annual Memory Walk, which will be on Oct. 10.
In addition, they chose to generate more funds before the walk ...
to the tune of $1,000. The goal was ambitious, but staff rallied
behind her and to date they have raised more than half of the needed
funds ... over $600. Residents have joined the ranks, too.
The "final hurrah," as activity director Pam McCarty describes
it, is the pie-in-the-face contests currently running. The first is
a community event pitting Chief of Police Lynn Freer, Mount Pulaski
Grade School Principal Gene Newton and Vonderlieth Administrator Jo
Hilliard against each other to see who can raise the most funds.
Donation jars are located at several locations in town for residents
to "vote" with their donations. The person with the largest dollar
amount donated receives a pie in the face on Oct. 2 at the grade
school. (No word yet as to who will get to throw the pies, but there
have been a number of offers.) Donations will be taken through Sept.
There is a second, more personal contest at Vonderlieth Living
Center for staff and resident participation. Contestants are
Hilliard; Frank Shepke, regional vice president, of Lincoln; Stacy
Hickey, director of nursing; and Karen DaVault, assistant director
of nursing. Voting will begin soon and the deadline will be Oct. 7,
with the "reward" being administered on Oct. 9.
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"Our staff has really stepped up to the plate in raising funds,"
reports Beth Shake-Tracy, resident services director, who has
overseen the program. "Staff are doing this work on their own time,
and we're very proud of the response. We have planned many small
fundraising events, like an extra casual day which costs a few
dollars, Friday lunches, a garage sale and bake sale at the city's
fall festival. It all added up. We're hoping a lot of people would
love to see pie on someone's face. I don't know if we'll get to
$1,000, but we are very hopeful!"
Voting containers can be found at Vonderlieth Living Center,
Mount Pulaski Grade School and City Hall. Stop by and vote today.
file received from Jo Hilliard,
Vonderlieth Living Center]