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A Night to Remember raises $40,000

May 14, 2018--8:42 a.m.

Staff reports

This past weekend’s “A Night to Remember: An Adult Prom” raised an estimated $40,000 for the Alzheimer's Association and local dementia-related needs.

The funds will be presented to the Alzheimer's Association at the walk in October.

Ghee Wilson and Tannika Wester were named the Prom King and Queen.

Wester, who raised $18,000,  said she has a co-worker whose mother had Alzheimer’s and she has seen some of the struggles the family went through and why more resources are needed.

"People really want to support this cause,” she said. “Almost everyone I spoke to had a personal connection to Alzheimer’s or dementia and they were more than happy to support this. People were very excited because the funds stay here in Floyd County. You don’t always see that with some of the fundraisers, particularly for the national organizations, but this was just great because we know that it’s all going to be put to use right here where we live.”

Meanwhile, Wilson raised $5,000.

“I’ve had some friends and family members who have been affected by Alzheimer’s,” he said. “Any time there is something I can do to help benefit Rome and Floyd County, I will. I like to be a part of anything that can help bring awareness or raise money for any kind of worthwhile cause, especially when that money stays right here in the community.” 

The theme for the fourth annual event was “A Flight to Remember!” and was held at the Museum of Flight at the Richard B. Russell Regional Airport.

Some of the event highlights included:

- Most attendees ever at 650

- Most sponsors ever

- 8-member Prom Court competitively fundraised for the cause - group including Wester, Erin Hight, Mindy Hubenthal, Jeanie Paige McWhorter, Wilson, Rob Byars, Bryan Mullins and Bryan Johnson. 

The event is unique in that it is completely volunteer run.

There is no sponsoring organization with a staff to do the work.

(photo by Chris Ozment)