Scott-Farrar hosts fundraiser to benefit Western New Hampshire Walk to End Alzheimer's

  • Volunteers and employees take part in Scott-Farrar’s fourth annual carwarsh to raise money for the Western New Hampshire Walk to End Alzheimer’s. From lef are Paula Reis, Marianne Brum, Jenna Narkum, Angela Pelletier, Mary Russell, Jim Letourneau and Toby Cummings. —STAFF PHOTO BY JOSH LACAILLADE

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 8/10/2022 2:59:41 PM
Modified: 8/10/2022 2:59:18 PM

Scott-Farrar in Peterborough was cleaning up to benefit the Western New Hampshire Walk to End Alzheimer’s.

The retirement and assisted living facility hosted its fourth annual carwash fundraiser Wednesday to support this year’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s on Oct. 1, raising a little more than $400. All proceeds from this year’s walk will benefit the Alzheimer’s Association New Hampshire and Massachusetts chapter, which raised more than $3.8 million for Alzheimer’s research last year, according to walk manager Chelsea Turner.

Since 2019, Scott-Farrar, located at 11 Elm St. in Peterborough, has raised more than $1,000 for the Alzheimer’s Association. The facility is one of many organizations involved in the world’s largest fundraiser for Alzheimer’s care and research, with more than 600 communities nationwide participating in the annual Walk to End Alzheimer’s throughout October.

Although the car wash took place on the first day of Peterborough’s watering restrictions, including a ban on washing cars except for at commercial car wash facilities, Department of Public Works Director Seth MacLean said Scott-Farrar had been advertising the event for weeks and had reached out to the town.

“We’ll make exceptions where it’s reasonable to do so,” he said.

Scott-Farrar Director of Sales and Community Relations Toby Cummings said the cause is personal for many residents at the facility.

“As a senior care facility, we provide care for people with Alzheimer’s and dementia,” he said. “We definitely see the effects it has on people.”

According to the Alzheimer’s Association, more than 6 million Americans currently have Alzheimer’s, and one in three senior citizens dies with Alzheimer’s or another dementia. On a local scale, Cheshire County has the highest rates of dementia in the state for residents 65 and older, according to a study done by the Healthy Aging Data Reports in 2021 supported by Tufts Health Plan Foundation. The study also showed that 16.1 percent of Peterborough residents have Alzheimer’s or other dementia.

Cummings said he is grateful to be a part of the fight to end Alzheimer’s, locally and nationally.

“It’s important to help the Alzheimer’s Association,” said Cummings. “We are trying to raise as much as we can and support a great cause.”

So far, the Western New Hampshire Walk to End Alzheimer’s has raised $ 28 ,785 of its $86,000 goal from various donors and organizations in the Monadnock region. More than 100 people and 48 teams are expected to participate in the Western New Hampshire Walk to End Alzheimer’s. The 2-mile walk is scheduled to start at 10 a.m. on Oct. 1 at Keene State College.

 


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