The Ashley County Alzheimer’s awareness group will host its 8th annual walk event Saturday. 

Ashley County Alzheimer’s is a completely local group after splitting away from other state and national groups last year and forming its own 501(c)3 organization. 

Linda Watkins said the volunteers work hard to see that all of the money stays in Ashley County. 

After years of raising money for the cause, last year was the first year the group has been able to see their hard work do something good for the community. Watkins said she didn’t want to release names to maintain the privacy of the beneficiaries, but said they’ve been able to put the $15,000 raised at the spring banquet to good use helping with multiple needs. For some it has been as simple as gas money to help them get back and forth to their medical appointments. 

In the past, the fall event — the Alzheimer’s walk — has been a fundraiser, but Watkins said this year ACA wants to look at is more an awareness event. The group didn’t ask for sponsors or donors because they didn’t want to “double dip” after the community was so generous in the spring. 

“The business donated, and some gave thousands,” Watkins said. “I couldn’t go back to them and ask them sponsor something else this year. We don’t want to double dip when people have been so generous.” 

The group is sponsoring the event alone, and in the event that there is any profit from the day, those funds will go into the ACA account. 

The day will be a 5K walk/run, raffles, door prizes, various booths and vendors, a chili cook off and cinnamon roll bake-off, all at Yarbrough Field. A $450 grand prize will be awarded in the chili cook-off, and a $200 grand prize will be awarded in the cinnamon roll bake-off.

Those who don’t wish to enter the chili contest may be taste testers for the price of $6. A ticket includes a sample of all of the chili and a bowl of their favorite. 

Those interested in entering the event may pick up forms at Heaven Scent in Crossett. 

The event will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Last year, Crossett Mayor Scott McCormick proclaimed November as Alzheimer’s month in Crossett.

The proclamation stated that Alzheimer’s disease is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States and that today an estimated 5.4 million Americans are struggling with the challenges of Alzheimer’s disease.

As a 501(c)3 organization, Ashley County Alzheimer’s is managed by a board. Its members include Watkins, founder; Kerstin Mondragon; Linda Corker, co-chair and treasurer; Laura Murray, secretary; and Tanya White.

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