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"Dunking for Dementia" on June 3 to raise funds for The Veranda

Six local residents are preparing themselves to be dunked in water during the second "Dunking for Dementia" event benefiting The Veranda, the flagship program of Veranda Ministries.

The event begins at 10 a.m., Saturday, June 3 at The Veranda, located at 650 Nashville Pike in Gallatin, and is part of the celebration marking the organization's fifth anniversary. Cost is $5 per throw.

Guests may tour The Veranda during its open house and enjoy lunch while watching the dunking booth fun. Lunch is $10 per person, includes two hot dogs, chips, gourmet cookie and drink; available first-come, first-serve. Lunch is sponsored by High Point Homecare, High Point Hospice and Hickory Hills Alzheimer’s Special Care Center.

Dunk tank participants include Tribute Quartet's pianist and vocalist Josh Singletary and his wife Kahlie, director of Nashville Girls Hockey; Dusty Wells, director of sales for New Day Distribution; Kim Allen of All Things Custom in Goodlettsville; gospel artist Darlene Chapman; Rhonda Minton, director of alumni programs at Lipscomb University; and Stephanie Harville, executive director at Morningside of Gallatin. Special guest pitchers include members of baseball teams from CrossHit, Westmoreland High School and Gallatin High School.

“Everyone had such a great time at last year’s dunking booth event, and nearly $4,000 was raised to help The Veranda serve its families,” Mary Anne Oglesby-Sutherly, director of Veranda Ministries, said. “We hope to surpass that amount this year. I can’t thank the ones who are going to be dunked this year enough for volunteering their time to help us raise money. It’s going to be a great day!”

Proceeds from the lunch and "Dunking for Dementia" go to The Veranda.