Thanks to volunteers for a tremendously successful WALK To End AlzheimerΓÇÖsΓäó!
By Daniel Heathcock, Volunteer Coordinator┬á
I donΓÇÖt know about you, but I typically donΓÇÖt wake up on Saturdays until about 8 a.m. or maybe 9 (depending on how lazy IΓÇÖm feeling).┬á I donΓÇÖt think IΓÇÖm too terribly far from the norm. But this just goes to show the extra effort and dedication of our volunteers.
At 5 am on Saturday morning, we already had dozens of volunteers swarming the parking lot at Minute Maid Park. ┬áThey were setting up tents, decorating, creating the balloon arch, getting the signs out ΓÇô there was a LOT to do. Even more amazing, several volunteers were there from 5 in the morning till the end of breakdown at noon.┬á Some even came back to the office with the staff to continue helping us unload.
By the end of the day, we had 260 + volunteers who had contributed nearly 1,000 hours of their time to make this event a success.
You might ask ΓÇô exactly how successful was the event?┬á Well, the numbers are still being added up, but we have some preliminary figures to announce.┬á We had an estimated attendance of over 5,000 and raised over $350,000.┬á We still have till December 7th to reach our goal of $370,000 so the work isnΓÇÖt over yet.
There were a variety of volunteer jobs on the day of the event ΓÇô some people passed out water and cheered walkers on, others helped at registration, while others helped pass out information at our programs area.┬á Check out some of the pics below to see our volunteers in action.┬á Many thanks to ALL the individuals and families that helped out at the event and to all the groups of volunteers who showed up in force.┬á┬á WE COULDNΓÇÖT HAVE DONE IT WITHOUT YOU! ┬á:)