Legacy Residents Throw Pies at Staff to Raise Money for Alzheimer's Walk

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Residents at The Legacy at North Augusta—A National Lutheran Community creatively raise funds for the 2013 Walk to End Alzheimer's.

The Legacy at North Augusta's Director of Nursing Debbie Fitzgerald gets a pie in the face from resident Jane Shaffer.

I agreed to take a pie in the face ... because it was for a good cause.

Every year, residents, staff and family members from The Legacy at North Augusta—A National Lutheran Community, known as “The Legacy Legs,” participate in the Walk to End Alzheimer’s. This year, the group of 13 walkers decided to host a Pie-in-the-Face Raffle as a creative way to fundraise for the Alzheimer’s Association.

Staff members were enlisted and jars were set up in the atrium lobby with each director’s photo on it. For one week, residents were able to cast votes for their favorite director by putting donations in the jar. As a result, they raised $888 for the Walk to End Alzheimer’s held in Gypsy Hill Park on Saturday, Sept. 7.

The three highest bids were for Facilities Director Rick Stonier, Nursing Director Debbie Fitzgerald and Life Enrichment Director Melisa Shuler. Each humbly lined up to receive pumpkin, lemon and chocolate chip pies in the face in front of 60 onlookers.

“I never realized I would still smell like pie, even after showering!” Life Enrichment Director Melisa Shuler said. “I agreed to take a pie in the face to give the residents a good time, and because it was for a good cause.”

For resident Jane Shaffer, throwing a pie at Fitzgerald brought back great memories. “It was the most fun I’ve had since I threw my 16-year-old son’s birthday cake in his face!” said Shaffer.

This is TLNA’s fourth year in fundraising for the Walk to End Alzheimer’s. To date, they have raised more than $3,000.

“I think this was a fun and creative way to raise awareness about Alzheimer’s and simultaneously raise funds for the 2013 Walk to End Alzheimer’s,” Executive Director Cherie Sims said. “We enjoy the opportunity to give back and every year this is one way we are able to do that.”

About The Legacy at North Augusta (TLNA)
The Legacy at North Augusta in Staunton, Va., is a 104-apartment rental community for seniors 55 and above that offers independent living with assisted living services. The Legacy boasts a variety of floor plans ranging from studio apartments to one- and two-bedroom apartments with several amenities included. For additional information, visit http://www.thelegacyatnorthaugusta.org.

About National Lutheran Communities & Services (NLCS)
Based in Rockville, Md., NLCS is a not-for-profit, faith-based ministry of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America’s (ELCA) Delaware-Maryland, Metropolitan Washington, D.C. and Virginia Synods serving people of all beliefs. NLCS provides seniors with a variety of lifestyle, residential and health care options through retirement communities in Maryland and Virginia.

Other communities sponsored by NLCS include The Village at Rockville in Rockville, Md., is a continuing care retirement community that offers independent living, rehabilitation, respite, assisted living, extended nursing care, hospice and coming soon, memory support; The Village at Crystal Spring in Annapolis, Md., a new continuing care retirement community – subject to Maryland Department of Aging approval – which will serve as the centerpiece of a multi-generational residential and mixed-use project; The Village at Orchard Ridge in Winchester, Va., a new continuing care retirement community that opened in Feb. 2013. For more information, visit http://www.nationallutheran.org.
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