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Sundaes for a good cause: Bethany on the Lake holds fundraiser for Alzheimer's

Residents of Bethany on the Lake and family members, (left to right) Joyce DeGrote, Will Hardy, Edna Larson and Joan Martell enjoy ice cream sundaes Friday, June 21. (Celeste Edenloff / Echo Press) 1 / 2
Kennedi Hay of Alexandria puts Alzheimer's flowers up during an ice cream social at Bethany on the Lake. Her mom, Bobbi, works at Bethel Manor Apartments and they both helped out during the event. (Celeste Edenloff / Echo Press) 2 / 2

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

Celeste Edenloff

Celeste is a reporter for the Alexandria Echo Press and has lived in the Alexandria Lakes Area since 1997. She first worked for the Echo Press as a reporter from 1999 to 2011, and returned in June 2016 to report on the community she calls home. Besides writing articles for the Echo Press, she has a blog, “Newspaper Girl on the Run.” Celeste is on a continuous healthy living journey and loves to teach bootcamp fitness classes and run. She has participated in more than 200 races with her husband, Al, covering the 5K, 10K, 10-mile and half-marathon (13.1 mile) distances.

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