COVID friendly ALPS Walk to Remember Saturday

Going into Saturday’s ALPS Adult Day Services “Walk to Remember,” a little more than half of the $40,000 goal has been raised.

So far, $22,300 has been raised towards continued operations at ALPS.

This year’s walk has turned into a virtual event, as well as a parade of cars to begin at 8 a.m., Saturday at the facility on North Daisy Street. Participants are urged to enter the facility from North James Street.

Due to the COVID-19 epidemic, the Walk to Remember is undergoing changes this year.

Teams of various Lakeway Area businesses who participate in the walk will have options on how to participate in the walk, to be held at 8 a.m., Saturday.

“Our Governing Board decided in an exuberance of caution to not hold a physical walk this year,” ALPS CEO Mahon Fritts said. “However, the show will go on, so to speak. We are changing up the format. Moving it even more virtual and working on plans to make it just as fun and exciting as always. We are looking at many options.”

According to Fritts, options will include linking your smartphone or watch to the participants’ team page, logging all steps, miles or bike rides and adding a new prize category for most miles achieved. To register for the virtual walk, go to www.strava.com.

The event will still be held with a drive-through parade at the center where those who raise funds in cash can still drop off and get event T-shirts.

“Participants are supposed to decorate their cars and drive through to turn in their money,” said Meghan McLaughlin, ALPS family services coordinator.

There will also be a prize awarded for best decorated car.

A dunking booth with Fritts participating will also be available for fundraising. Geraldine Miller’s alter ego “Effie” will hit the dunking booth after receiving donations to dunk Fritts.

The parade will allow everyone to remain safe, wear masks and remain socially distant.

“We will make this as safe, fun, exciting and entertaining as ever,” Fritts said. “All the while Walking to Remember…Those who forget and supporting this great mission as you always have.”