First off, why do you Walk? My grandmother and great aunt both had Alzheimer’s disease. Also, in my business, approximately 90% of my clients have some form of dementia so I know that this is a worthwhile cause to support. Last year was my first Walk, and I’m excited about this year’s Walk!
Tell us about the Putt Putt Tournament:
We held the event at Mountasia on 249, and charged $7/kids, $10/adults. We had hole sponsors, teams of 4 golfers, had a silent auction, and we gave prizes for the top 3 teams and best individual score. Sixty-nine people participated in our tournament. Care facilities and local businesses sponsored the event and played in the tournament.
It took us about 6 weeks to put the event together.
We spread the word by talking about the event on our Facebook page, putting our flyers in doctors’ offices, Dr. Vedder’s list serve, and the Senior Resource Guide put the event on their calendar. We also had posters made, but those were not as successful. Many stores are not able to put posters on their windows, so most of our participants arrived from the Facebook posts or heard about the event from friends.
On the day of the event, I had 5 to 10 people helping me check people in, putting up the signs, and making sure everything ran smoothly.
What would you do differently next year? I’d have it earlier in the year – June is too hot! I would also have refreshments available for my participants.