Memory task force kicks off with breakfast fundraiser

Wil Petty Staff Writer

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The Ashe County Memory Task Force held its kickoff fundraiser at Shatley Springs restaurant on the morning of Nov. 8, to raise awareness of Alzheimer’s in the community.

“This is our first attempt at a memory breakfast and the outpouring from the community has been huge,” said Cameron Keziah, a member of the task force. “Several businesses even brought their entire staff and sat down for a staff meal this morning. It’s great to see local businesses supporting something like this.”

The breakfast, which lasted from 7 a.m. to 10: 30 a.m., involved customers coming in, paying $10 for a ticket and receiving a family-style meal from the restaurant.

“The breakfast is what we call the memory breakfast, and it is done to support the Alzheimer’s Association,” said Meghan Lawton, the Development and Program manager for the Alzheimer’s Association in the Foothills and Hickory area. “To raise awareness, we provide education and support for caregivers in the area.”

The memory task force was formed in August by the county’s different caregivers and hospices as a way to come together to handle the disease, which is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States.

“This (turnout) is awesome, it’s better than I expected,” said Bevin South, organizer of the task force. “We had a great turnout. I am really thankful for the support that Ashe County shows.”

Keziah said that Shatley Springs was the perfect location to hold the breakfast. The task force’s goal was to raise $3,000 for awareness of Alzheimer’s.

“We wanted to test the waters with this event and use it to kick start the task force,” he said.

The task force plans to continue meeting monthly to come up with more ideas for promoting the new group and their message. Keziah said they are planning future events, but don’t have anything scheduled yet.

The task force thanked Shatley Springs restaurant for allowing the breakfast to take place there.

“We want to give a huge thank you to Lee McMillian and all of his staff,” Keziah said. “They have all been more than accommodating for us.”


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