The 30th annual ALPS Adult Day Services “Walk to Remember…for Those Who Forget” was filled with color Saturday morning.

At the end the most important color was green, as in money.

A record $46,601.14 was raised for the continuing operations of the facility designed to keep those who can’t stay by themselves during the day safe.

“I got to tell you, none of this would have happened if it not been for Jordan Patterson and our entire staff coming together,” ALPS Executive Director Mahon Fritts said. “Our staff has worked so hard over this past year and a half, they’ve worked even harder these past few months putting this walk together. And as John (Smyth) said it just means so much to all of us it’s not a job for any of us, it’s a passion.”

Over the years that Fritts has been executive director, he has done everything from being dunked in a tank to slipping down a slip-and-slide of garbage to raise money for ALPS. This year, Fritts was painted by his grandson and others. After being painted, he had buckets of paint thrown on him. You may see the video of this event with the online version of this article at

Once again, “Team Gabe” raised the most funds of any team with $4,572. Team Gabe is comprised of team members at ALPS and the team is named in honor of one of the clients. The team got the Loving Cup to display for a year, as well as a plaque for the team.

Commercial Bank finished in second place, raising $4,061.10.

The bank also received the Most Enthusiastic and Most Creative team awards with the bank’s “Disneyland” event at its lobby and a cookout to raise funds.

MAHLE was third with more than $3,393 raised.

In individual fundraising, Terry Atkins raised $500. Candace Proffitt raised $461 to finish in second place and Lora Duvall raised $348 for third place.