This year’s Keep Memories Alive walk used a Tee It Up theme for the 13th annual fundraiser early Sunday.
“The first year we had 65 walkers,” Caring Hearts Auxiliary president Terry Fedele announced to the crowd.
Mayor Scott Singer signed a proclamation for the cause. Then several hundred supporters took a stroll around Town Center at Boca Raton mall before it opened.
The walk raises money and awareness for the Louis and Anne Green Memory and Wellness Center. It’s part of the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing at Florida Atlantic University. “Lou and Ann Green had a dream 17 years ago that came true,” Fedele said.
The center on the FAU campus offers services and programs for people with mild to moderate memory disorders including Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia. There’s adult day care for caregiver respite and chair yoga. A large art exhibit was set up at the walk to display paintings from the center’s art classes. The Boca Raton Garden Club does garden therapy there and fielded a large team at the walk. FAU president John Kelly was there to lend his support at the walk.
Boca philanthropist, businessman Bobby Campbell posed with his team of 80 strong. He was joined by major Boca benefactors Christine E. Lynn, Pat Thomas, and Elaine Johnson Wold, all there despite the early daylight savings’ time hour.
Rotary Club Downtown Boca Raton president Michael Walstrom led a team to support Kim Champion and her company Champion Home Health Care.
By Marci Shatzman