Alzheimer’s raffle features a new car

Published 10:32 pm Saturday, September 25, 2010

Honda Fit: Peninsula Honda Owner Dave Woodard and Newport News Memory Walk Chairwoman Rona Altschuler stand in front of a Honda Fit, which will be raffled off to benefit the Memory Walk on Oct. 30.

One Memory Walk supporter on Oct. 30 will drive away in a brand new car for which they paid only $5.

Peninsula Honda donated the car, a Honda Fit, to benefit Memory Walk, the Walk to End Alzheimer’s. The car will be raffled off Oct. 30 for $5 a ticket.

“Last year, I was overwhelmed by the turnout and enthusiasm of the walkers that attended the Newport News event. I knew I wanted to be involved again this year,” said Peninsula Honda Owner Dave Woodard in a press release. “Memory Walk donations go toward much-needed research, along with services and support for those throughout Southeastern Virginia who are struggling to cope with the disease.”

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One of the several related walks in Hampton Roads will be held at Constant’s Wharf in Suffolk on Oct. 16 at 10 a.m. Raffle tickets can be purchased on-site or by calling 459-2405.

Described as a “smart-sized vehicle,” the Honda Fit features a 1.5-liter, four-cylinder engine with second-row seating that can be re-arranged to accommodate storage and people.

Alzheimer’s disease affects 5.3 million people in America and is now the seventh leading cause of death in the United States. Held annually in hundreds of communities across the country, Memory Walk is the nation’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research programs.

Last year, the Southeastern Virginia Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association staged nine Memory Walk events in communities throughout the service area, which extends from the Eastern Shore to South Central Virginia, including all cities and counties in Hampton Roads.

A total of 303 teams, consisting of 2,694 walkers, participated, and more than $368,000 was raised. This year, the chapter has a goal of signing up more than 3,000 walkers and raising $417,000.

“Living with Alzheimer’s disease is difficult, but supporting the Alzheimer’s Association is easy,” said Patricia Bartosch, the group’s director of development. “Sign up for Memory Walk, support a team, purchase a raffle ticket — or simply let others know that we’re here to help when Alzheimer’s hits home. Every penny raised from the raffle ticket sales will help us reach our goal of raising $417,000.”

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