According to the Alzheimer’s Association, in 2017 Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia will impact 5.5 million people and cost the nation $259 billion. To help raise awareness about this serious disease, Waltonwood Ashburn is hosting a “Stamp out Alzheimer’s” bingo fundraising event on September 2 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Community Church (19790 Ashburn Road in Ashburn). During this event, participants will be able to buy bingo cards for $5 each and play the game for as long as they want. The event is free and open to the public, and the proceeds from the bingo game tickets will go to Waltonwood Ashburn’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s team. Guests will enjoy refreshments and snacks provided by the senior living community, and the winner of each game will receive a prize valued at $30. For this event, the senior living community is partnering up with the Community Church in Ashburn and representatives from the Alzheimer's Association National Capital Area Chapter will be attending as well. Waltonwood Ashburn is a premier senior living community currently under construction and will open late 2017.
“As we are getting closer to moving in our first residents, we really want to emphasize how important it is for us to be involved in the local community,” said Justin Roberts, executive director of Waltonwood Ashburn. “We believe that hosting a fun event to help raise awareness and money is another way to showcase how we at Waltonwood Ashburn always seek meaningful ways to support important causes. We are excited to continue our partnership with the Community Church, and we are thankful for their willingness to help us make this event possible.”
There is no doubt that bingo games have increased in popularity among all generations, and the games have a tremendous following online. There are also many benefits connected to playing the game, for example socialization and concentration. For these reasons, Waltonwood Ashburn believes this event will attract not only local seniors but younger generations as well. The Waltonwood Ashburn team and future residents plan to continue reaching out to the community by partnering with other nonprofit organizations, which is sure to positively impact all those involved.
“Bingo is one of the most popular games in the world, and it isn’t just for older adults anymore,” said Roberts. “Combining the excitement and competitiveness of bingo games with a good cause makes for a perfect fundraising event. We are thrilled to host this event, and we look forward to helping raise money to hopefully one day find a cure.”