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Walk to End Alzheimer’s – Columbia Greene 2020

The 2020 Walk to End Alzheimer’s – Columbia Greene will be held October 17, 2020.

To register go to

Schedule of virtual events:

9:30 am  Watch the Opening and Promise Garden Ceremony on Mainstage

Then   Walk wherever you like

10:00 am – 1:00 pm  Experience the view-only planted Promise Garden
Columbia-Greene Community College | Hudson , NY 12414

Held annually in more than 600 communities nationwide, the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s® is the world’s largest fundraiser for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. This year’s event won’t be a large in-person gathering, but we are still walking — and calling on participants of all ages and abilities to join the fight against the disease.

This year, Walk to End Alzheimer’s is everywhere — on every sidewalk, track and trail. On event day, we invite you to participate in small, safe teams while others in your community do the same.

While there is no fee to register for Walk, all participants are encouraged to raise funds that will advance the mission of the Alzheimer’s Association by enabling critical care and support services and advancing research toward methods of prevention, treatment and, ultimately, a cure.

How to Participate in 3 Easy Steps:

Register for your local Walk.
Sign up as a Team Captain, team member or individual.

Start fundraising and spread the word.
We’ll provide tips and coaching every step of the way, including easy ways to raise funds online.

Join us on Walk day.
Take part in an interactive online experience, then walk in your community.

Have a question? Please refer to our FAQ/Website Help page.


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Ride to End ALZ is Virtual for 2020

The Ride to End ALZ will be held virtually on Sunday, October 11, 2020.

Originally a Texas event, anyone anywhere can now participate.

“While we can’t all be together in person on October 11th in Texas, as we had originally planned – we are so inspired by your commitment and dedication to this cause. We have had to adjust our plan to fit social distancing, but right now safe and solo biking is encouraged – so let’s do this! You can now register for this virtual event for free and fundraising is encouraged, but not required. You can earn some special rider perks that we will send you, in advance, and then it’s time for us all to get creative for what the ride plan will look like on October 11th. We will ride together in spirit, even if we can’t be together in person.”

To register go to :

You likely are interested in the Ride to End ALZ because supporting those facing Alzheimer’s and all other dementia is important to you. If you or anyone you love needs information or support, the Alzheimer’s Association is here and available to help with:



Saturday, October 10th

  •   5 p.m. CST: Virtual Happy Hour for Top Fundraisers

Sunday, October 11th

  •   8 – 8:30 a.m. CST: LIVE Starting Line Ceremony Online
  •   8:30 – 10:30 a.m. CST: Ride with us indoors on Zwift or outdoors on your own.



We will have a LIVE starting line ceremony online at 8 a.m. CST on Sunday, October 11th and we invite all riders (indoors and outdoors) to join us at that time; details to be emailed to all registrants. If you qualify, we will send you your Ride to End ALZ jersey and any other perks, in advance, so you can wear them proudly the day of the Ride.

Every registrant that raises at least $100 by October 1st is guaranteed to receive a bib number, medal and t-shirt by mail and if you choose to fundraise more, you can even earn the Ride to End ALZ jersey to wear proudly on the day of the event. Perks will also be sent following the event to any late registrants, but October 1st is the guaranteed shipping date to receive your perks prior to the event.



8:30a.m. CST – 10:30am. CST

  •   Join us in our Zwift event to ride together in this virtual reality wonderland.
  •   You can ride for 5 minutes or the entire 2 hours!

(you must join the Zwift event in this first 30-minutes to follow along)


We are REALLY going virtual.

  •   Ride along with our livestream Virtual Reality broadcast on Zwift featuring Dave Towle and Nathan Guerra.
  •   Fundraise while riding.
  •   Live Rider Check-In with ALZ’s own CEO, Harry Johns, and others as we talk shop about the ALZ mission.

No Smart Trainer? No problem. While a Smart Trainer is ideal it is NOT 100% necessary to participate in the virtual ride. Please check back for our virtual platform details and we will also be sending it out once you register and choose the indoor route option.

Once you register,

  •   You will receive an email with specific instructions relating to your virtual ride experience. These details will walk you through easily connecting and participating in the event from your living room, your garage, or wherever you choose!
  •   We will also schedule a call for anyone who needs assistance with troubleshooting. Technology can be scary!



Choose a ride in your area that is safe to ride at a distance that is right for you!

  • 10-miles
  • 25-miles
  • 50-miles
  • 75-miles
  • 100-miles

Choose a place that you can safely ride on Sunday, October 11th – we are challenging you to be creative! Start a team and get a few friends to join you on event day! Plan to join us for the LIVE starting line ceremony and we ask that you take three photos to share: one before you start your ride, one in the middle of your ride at a quick rest stop and then when you finish we want to see you proudly wearing your medal! We will be sharing our ride photos through social media and tracking our ride day together!

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The Longest Day

The Longest Day will be celebrated Friday, June 20, 2020, worldwide.

Before Covid-19 made virtual events mandatory, the Alzheimer’s Association celebrated The Longest Day by encouraging supporters to spend the day doing whatever they most enjoyed- hiking, biking, barbequing.. as they raise funds to fight Alzheimer’s.

Virtual events used to require an explanation about how the process works, but I think everybody pretty much has it down by now. Hold your fundraiser wherever and however you want on the 20th while raising important funds for a worthy cause.

To register for The Longest Day, to get event ideas, to set up a fundraising page or to learn more about the Alzheimer’s Association visit:

The Alzheimer’s Association’s ultimate goal- the first survivor of Alzheimer’s.

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I was wrong

I was wrong.

I’ve said it many times – for non-profits,  volunteers are second in importance only to donations- money first, volunteers second.

Saturday, Development Manager for the Alzheimer’s Association- CT Chapter Tina Hogan set me straight.

” I couldn’t accomplish anything without volunteers,” she said, ” They are more important than anything”. She made her point by listing a dozen tasks that volunteers perform- office volunteers, community representatives, graphic/web design, community educators, special events, and more. “The Walk to End Alzheimer’s takes 50 to 100 volunteers alone” Tina told me.

And that was why Tina and her crew were at the Falls Village Inn this past Saturday- for the Alzheimer’s Association Leap into Action Volunteer Kickoff to recruit help for a busy upcoming season of activities and beyond. And they were successful – 25 folks came and signed up to help!

Some of them no doubt will be lending a hand for The Longest Day (June 21st) and The Walk to End Alzheimer’s which will be held for the first time at Lime Rock Park in October. LRP has chosen the Alzheimer’s Association as its signature charity this year.

You will be able to find the details of both events on

Evidence shows that people want to help out charities, both through donations and volunteerism, but often don’t know where to start. Here’s how: email and offer your services. They can use all skill sets. Or contact another local charity whose mission is dear to your heart. They can all use the help.


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2019 Walk To End Alzheimer’s  Dutchess/Ulster NY

2019 Walk To End Alzheimer’s  Dutchess/Ulster NY will be held Saturday, October 19, 2019 at Walkway Over the Hudson, Highland, NY 12528.

The Walk begins on the Highland side of the Walkway ,crosses and returns to the starting point.

The Dutchess/Ulster  Walk to End Alzheimer’s is one of 600 such events taking place around the country.

There is no entry fee for this 2 mile event, although registration is required and participants are asked to make a personal donation and encouraged to raise funds for the Alzheimer’s Association either as individuals or as part of a team.

To register, go here:

Registrants who raise a minimum of $100 will receive a T-shirt. All registrants will receive a wrist band and a Promise Garden flower.

Walk day Schedule:

9:00 am  Registration

10:00 am Ceremony

10:30 am Walk begins

Free breakfast and lunch after the Walk as well as kids’ games and a DJ.

In 2017 1400 walkers earned  $145,000. This year’s goal is $180,000.

All funds raised through Walk to End Alzheimer’s further the care, support and research efforts of the Alzheimer’s Association.

For more information call Tina Eckert at (845) 471-2619 or email her at

Thank you to:

National Presenting Sponsor

Edward Jones

Community Sponsors

Vassar Brothers Medical Center

Hezop Law Firm PC

Mid-Hudson Federal Credit Union

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Connecticut Sun Alzheimer’s Awareness Night

Connecticut Sun Alzheimer’s Awareness Night will be held Friday, August 23, 2019 at Mohegan Sun Arena, 1 Mohegan Sun Blvd., Uncasville, CT 06382.

The Connecticut Sun will play the Las Vegas Aces.

Game time 7:30 pm.

Purchase your CT Sun vs. Las Vegas Aces tickets on Ticketmaster today and get ready to wear your best purple gear for a summer SLAM and giveaways presented by the Alzheimer’s Association.

Alzheimer’s Association will also be the recipient for the 50/50 of the night!

Tickets are available in section 114 for $16.

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I Sense a Trend

I sense a trend.

Last spring, Camphill Village, a residential facility serving adults with developmental challenges in Copake, New York, hosted a 5k run on their campus. Since many of the residents’ families live great distances away from Camphill, the 5k included a “run where you are” option. This allowed family members to take part in the event almost as if they were there- they paid their entry fee, received a T shirt and ran their 5K wherever in the world they happened to be. They felt included.

This summer the Alzheimer’s Association will host The Longest Day on June 21st, a day that  not only is the literal longest day of the year, but also demonstrates that every day is the longest day for Alzheimer’s sufferers and their caregivers. This will be an entirely virtual event.

Participants will solicit donations as they do for the annual Walk to End Alzheimer’s, but now they will perform whatever they want to do, wherever they are, and whenever they feel like it. Registrants can run down their own street, play a round of golf on their home course or even invite friends over for a barbecue to raise money for the cause.

As many people now work from home, now folks can fundraise and do their thing from their own surroundings.

I like that notion.

Of course gatherings will always have their place- there is energy in numbers and good things happen whenever kind-hearted people come together. But as an alternative to traveling a distance to a fundraiser, the practice of helping your cause from home I believe will surely grow.

And on June 21st?

I’ll be Mowing my Lawn to End Alzheimer’s.

Til next Time


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