ALPS Walk to Remember is July 27

The Annual ALPS Walk to Remember returns on July 27.

The 28th Annual ALPS Adult Day Services Walk to Remember promises to provide plenty of money and memories.

The Walk will be held on Saturday, July 27. Pre-race festivities begin at 7:45 a.m.

“It’s our largest fundraiser,” said Tina Kilgore, ALPS director of social impact.

The fundraising goal for ALPS is $50,000. However, it has been running behind as of this week.

“We are behind in monies raised. We need everyone to come out, step up and make a donation. No amount is too small. Every dollar goes to support our center and our clients in the Lakeway Area,” she said.

ALPS supports clients in Cocke, Grainger, Hamblen, Hawkins, Jefferson, and other counties.

“Team Willie,” named after a former client of ALPS, will participate in the walk as well as teams from other Lakeway Area businesses and organizations.

“Willie actually helped with the walk and did some fundraising things years ago,” Kilgore said.

Co-grand marshals will be announced in the upcoming Walk to Remember Special Section to be distributed in the Citizen Tribune next weekend.

Teams will walk the same course as has been used the last few years. The Loving Cup will be presented to the first place team. Plaques will be awarded to the top three teams. Other awards will be given for Most Enthusiastic, Most Creative and for the individual raising the most money.

A special slide to be constructed is the “Slip N’ Slop.” It is a slide that will be littered with various rotting foods. A contest is underway to see whether Chief Financial Officer Mahon Fritts or Program Director Geraldine Miller will have to ride the slide.

“Right now, we have rotten eggs, sardines, rotten tomatoes, spoiled peaches, expired milk, ketchup, mustard, anything you can imagine that is disgusting is going to be in that,” Kilgore said. “The race is on. We’re telling people when they make a donation to our team, they can designate #Mahon or #Geraldine depending on who they want to slide.”

It’s not too late to have a team.

“We’re excited about the different types of opportunities that people have to win. We’re excited for the community to come together for the center, the clients and the families that we serve,” Kilgore said.

The “Walk to Remember” is forming teams now.

For more information on how to participate, contact Kilgore at 423-587-9149.

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