MASSENA - Its a chance to enjoy a buffet turkey dinner, participate in a trivia contest and help put an end to Alzheimers all in one shot.
Team Mind Savers, one of the teams participating in the Sept. 16 Walk to End Alzheimers in Canton, is holding the Dinner and Trivia Night Out! Aug. 18 at the Massena Elks Lodge, Bowers Street, to raise awareness of the disease.
The Elks Lodge is sponsoring and hosting the event.
Team Mind Savers Captain Kortney Trippany said theyve held a karaoke benefit at Dars Place the past couple of years. But this year they wanted to do a fundraiser that could be enjoyed by more people.
I wanted to do something different. I have a lot of family that would like to come and participate. Last year we didnt have a lot of older family members get up and sing karaoke, Ms. Trippany said.
She also wanted to include a dinner as part of the fundraiser.
I initially thought a comedy night, but trivia has done so well and Mike (Viskovich, local trivia guru) was willing to help, she said. The Elks Lodge has been a huge help to us. They put on a breakfast buffet and donated some of the proceeds to us.
What theyve come up with is a buffet turkey dinner that begins at 6 p.m., followed by four-person team trivia with Mr. Viskovich at 7:30 p.m.
Ms. Trippany said theyll have raffle tickets, can koozies and hand-made bracelets for sale and will be giving gifts certificates to local businesses to the winning teams.
We ask that people come wearing purple to show their support and an Alzheimers car magnet will be given out to everyone that joins, she said.
The cost for a combo ticker for the dinner and to play trivia is $25 per person, $15 per person to play trivia only or $12 per person for the buffet only. Those who want the buffet only are welcome to stay and watch the trivia match, according to Ms. Trippany.
She said they will also be accepting donations at the door for anyone who just wants to stop in and make a contribution. Online donations can be made at http://act.alz.org/goto/mindsavers.
Tickets for the fundraiser are available by contacting Ms. Trippany at 250-5299 or any of the team members. Theyre also on sale at the Elks Lodge.
In addition to the August fundraiser, the team also had a booth during Junes Heritage Festival to sell raffle tickets for cash prizes, hand-made beaded bracelets, can koozies and purple hair extensions.
The three-mile Walk to End Alzheimers takes place at 1 p.m. Sept. 16 at Partridge Run in Canton. Team Mind Saver consists of about 15 people, and this will be their fifth year of walking.
My great-grandmother passed away from Alzheimers six years ago, Ms. Trippany said. I have so many people walking with me who have either lost a family member or currently have a family member with Alzheimers.
She said they always welcome new team members, and anyone who wants information on walking or forming their own team can call her.
Those who participate in the September walk dont necessarily have to walk the entire three miles, Ms. Trippany said.
They have golf carts that go around. People come along the trails and pick people up, she said.