12 Alzheimers walk SocialGraphicShare WALKAlzheimer’s disease is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States and the only cause of death among the top 10 in the U.S. that cannot be prevented or cured. More than 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s, and that’s why McKee Homes presents July events for Alzheimer’s. 

“All of our events have the same intended goal, which is to help the Alzheimer’s Association bring awareness and funds to this disease and one day put an end to it,” said Julie Russo, vice president of community relations of McKee Homes, LLC. 

“Purple is the color for Alzheimer’s Awareness and we encourage everyone to wear purple to the events,” said AnneMarie Ziegler, marketing chair for the Walk to End Alzheimer’s committee. 

Alzheimer’s Walk Kickoff Party at 7p.m., July 21 at the SwampDogs Stadium.

Purple jerseys will be worn by SwampDog players and will be auctioned online the day of and also during the game. Proceeds will benefit the Alzheimer’s Association. 

Paint the Town Purple Facebook Contest runs June 26-28. Post your best “purple pic” or Facebook Live video. Connect your post to Alzheimer’s awareness by using the hashtags #PTTP and #ENDALZ. The post must be dated between June 26 and July 28. Promote your purple posts to win  a prize. 

Paint the Town Purple Distribution Event from 1-8 p.m., Friday, July 28, at McKee Homes, 109 Hay St. This is a community effort to get the word out about the walk on Sept. 9. Free-floating pickup for the distribution of posters and flyers is from 1–5 p.m. Starting at 5 p.m., every hour on the hour there will be a mini training session on the distribution  process. 

Purple 4th Friday Events On Friday, July 28, the Walk to End Alzheimer’s Committee and the Joe McKee Memorial Foundation sponsor Downtown Fayetteville’s 4th Friday. Ziegler said many Downtown merchants will wear purple that night and pass out bracelets and save the date cards. ARRAY Magazine hosts a fundraising night at Wine & Design, 113 Donaldson St., starting at 6 p.m. All attendees will receive a door prize. If they wear purple, they’ll get an extra ticket for a prize drawing, with many items donated by Downtown businesses. A portion of the proceeds will go to the Alzheimer’s walk. Visit www.wineanddesign.com and click on the July 28 calendar block to register. 

2017 Fayetteville Walk to End Alzheimer’s at 9 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 9, at SwampDogs Stadium. Registration is at 9 a.m., ceremony at 10 a.m., and the walk begins at 10:30 a.m. Over the past six years, the Fayetteville Walk to End Alzheimer’s has raised $350,000. To volunteer, email Ashley Schaus at fayendalz@gmail.com. For more information about the events, email Julie Russo at Julie@mckeehomesnc.com.

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