It was a perfect day on the Atlantic City Boardwalk this past Sunday, and not just because it was warm and breezy. The real reason was due to the hundreds of superheroes who came out to support a cause that is so important for so many—our Alzheimer’s Outreach programs. Thanks to that incredible support, an early count shows that we’ll be able to give $12,000 to those programs, which include monthly support group meetings and case management services.
There were many memorable moments at the Seashore Gardens 5K Run & Health Walk on April 30. (See the photos on facebook) From visits with Mayor Don Guardian and Senator Jim Whelan, to the dedicated teams of friends, neighbors and families, there were plenty of superheroes on hand. Team Nan Fallon and Team Mary Malloy, both named for residents of SGLC’s Comfort Care (Alzheimer’s) neighborhood, received special recognition at the event.
Team Mary Malloy received the first “Forever Family Award” in her memory. Our Forever Family program allows you to donate in honor or memory of a loved one who was once at SGLC. Many of you know that Mary passed in December, after five years with us in Comfort Care. She is forever in our hearts, and forever in our family, and it’s only fitting that her name will help ensure the future of this wonderful home. With 35 members, Team Mary Malloy also had the distinction of being the largest team. In addition, team member Thomas LePera won the Tortoise Award, helped by his late start due to the fact that his baby daughter needed attention.
Team Nan Fallon won the fundraising award, with support from their 30 members, including a “Dress Down Day” held at Washington Avenue School in Pleasantville. Nan was present at the event to inspire her team.
Sharon E. Shulman, chief relations and marketing officer of Stockton University, was back, after having run her first 5K at last year’s SGLC 5K Run & Health Walk. She’s now doing marathons, and brought a team of Stockton superheroes with her for this event. Co-chairs Michael and Cindy Weinraub brought their neighbors from South Marion Street. They ran as a group called the Marionettes.
Master of Ceremonies Diane Mitchell of WAYV’s Mike & Diane Show, summed it up when she said, “You run faster when you know it’s for Alzheimer’s. You are running and walking to help your family, friends, neighbors, co-workers and community.”