It may not have been the warmest of days, but it was still a great day for ice cream. And a great way to raise money for the Alzheimer's Association.

On Friday, June 21, residents along with family, friends and employees at Bethany on the Lake enjoyed ice cream sundaes during a fundraiser for the Walk to End Alzheimer's event.

The ice cream social raised $400, according to Randee Hall, director of community services at Bethany on the Lake and a member of the Walk to End Alzheimer's team, Clarissa's Darr-lings.

The Walk to End Alzheimer's this year will take place Saturday, Sept. 7, at Alexandria City Park. Registration starts at noon with a ceremony at 1 p.m. and the walk will start immediately after. This is the second year for the Alexandria area to host a walk. Around 200 people took part in last year's inaugural year with more than $40,000 being raised for Alzheimer's awareness, research, care and support.

Hall said Bethany on the Lake will be hosting another fundraiser in July, and that it is currently accepting new and gently-used purses, jewelry and scarves to be sold during the event. She said the sale, with all proceeds going to the Walk to End Alzheimer's event, will take place Wednesday, July 24, from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the chapel. Donations will be accepted through Friday, July 19, and can be dropped on at Bethany on the Lake.

An education session, "Dementia Friends," is set for after the sale from 3 to 4 p.m. Kate Storhaug, program developer for Dancing Sky Area Agency on Aging, will be the guest speaker.

For questions or more information about the Alexandria walk, contact Katrice Sisson at 320-257-0696 or send an email to