ALLEGANY, NY – On Sept. 28, roughly 400 people will take part in the family
friendly Southern Tier Walk in Fireman’s Park North First Street.
The event will feature local vendors, basket and 50/50 raffles, refreshments, photo opportunities and
a promise garden filled with bright pinwheel flowers in colors that represent reasons people walk:
- purple to honor someone they lost to dementia;
- yellow for care partners;
- blue to honor those living with dementia, and
- orange to show general support of efforts to end Alzheimer’s disease.
The flowers are given to each registered participant who can then personalize them and carry them as they walk or plant them in the promise garden.
The event site opens at 9 a.m. The 10:05 a.m. short opening ceremony will be emceed by “Jolly Roger” Pettengill of Ischua, a long-time supporter of the walk who will also play guitar to entertain the crowd. The ceremony will also include remarks from walk chairwoman Kathy Bower of Houghton Rehabilitation and Nursing Center.
Participants who raise at least $100 will earn an official 2019 Walk to End Alzheimer’s purple T-shirt; other incentives will be earned at higher fundraising levels.
Last year, the Southern Tier Walk raised more than $64,000. Local fundraising is
bolstered by corporate support from Platinum Sponsors, including WDCX Radio.
“We're a part of the Walk to End Alzheimer's because we want to bring love and hope and
encouragement to families just like ours that have been affected by Alzheimer's and
other dementia,” on-air host Neil Boron said. “We also want to help provide for the needs
of the Alzheimer's Association in advocacy, education, research, support, respite care,
etc. but most importantly, we want to help find a cure and end Alzheimer’s forever"
Registration can be done quickly and easily online at alz.org/Walk. Questions about the local walk
and the WNY chapter will be addressed at (716) 626.0600.
Other walks in Western New York will be on Sept. 21 in Dunkirk; on Sept. 28 in Medina, and on Oct. 5 in Lewiston.