LOGAN — On an extremely hot day, Saturday, July 6, Hocking County residents gathered at the Hocking County Fairgrounds to support southeastern Ohio’s Alzheimer’s/Dementia chapter at a benefit event, facilitated by Ryan Patton.

In attendance, there were 16 people. This event was geared to raise money for research, educational purposes, healthcare, and to fund other activities connected to the Alzheimer’s Association.

During the event, participants walked several times around the fairgrounds. They started near the grounds secretary office, passed Hocking County Dog Shelter, walked beside the barns, and back to the area across from the secretary’s office, where the event was set up.

There were two walks for people deceased, labeled with Alzheimer’s/Dementia and two walks specifically for people who currently have the disease. In between the walks, there were cake walks, door prizes, refreshments, and music broadcasted by a portable speaker.

Additionally, there was a friendly competition that recognized three individuals/teams for giving the highest monetary donations. First place was awarded to Teens Care. The next highest donations came from Grandpa’s Kids and Rouser Power. After the recognition ceremony, participants finished their day by challenging each other with water activities and conversation about how they would like to have this event annually.

Something to note, this event would not have been a success without the support from community businesses and community members. In total, the event gained a little more than $1,000. If anyone else would like to donate toward this cause, contact Ryan Patton at 740-603-8769 or email him at rpatton73@lhsd.k12.oh.us prior to July 15.

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