FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 5/5/2021
Contact: Mary Anne Oglesby-Sutherly, 615-675-4345 or 936-554-4615
GALLATIN, TENNESSEE—Local community leaders and two Christian music industry members are preparing themselves to be dunked in water during the fifth annual "Dunking for Dementia" event benefiting The Veranda, the flagship program of Veranda Ministries. The event begins at 9 a.m., Saturday, June 12 at The Veranda, located at 650 Nashville Pike in Gallatin, and is part of the celebration marking the organization's ninth anniversary. Cost is $5 per throw.
An outreach supported by Impact Fellowship Church in Gallatin, The Veranda is a respite activity program that helps meet the needs of senior adults and their families who are affected by Alzheimer’s Disease, dementia and other issues of the aging process. Activities are provided a few hours a day, three days a week to allow families much-needed respite time to take care of other family needs.
Dunk tank participants include Jennifer Burke, HighPoint Hospice; Kim Baker, Gallatin Chamber of Commerce; Randy Nash, Jr., Sumner Funeral Cremation; Tim Wilson, New Hope Senior Living; Lindsey Stuffle, Crestview Funeral Home; Mary Gail Anderson, EXIT Realty Garden Gate Team; Eric Miller, Care Patrol; Heather Allen, The Hearth Keepsake Memory Village; Dona Howard, Studio D. Sola Salon Hendersonville, Dusty Wells, Daywind and Lauren Talley, Christian music artist.
Guests may enjoy lunch while watching the dunking booth fun. Lunch is $10 per person, includes two hot dogs, chips, cookies and drink; available first-come, first-serve. Frozen treats also will be available for purchase. The 006 Mid TN Southern Cruisers Riding Club will sponsor cornhole and also throwing the softballs at the dunk-tank participants. Event supporters include Sumner Funeral and Cremation, Crestview Funeral Home, New Hope Senior Living, Care Patrol, The Hearth, HighPoint Hospice, Preferred Care at Home, Daywind and Gallatin Chamber of Commerce.
“‘Dunking for Dementia’ has become a favorite event for our respite program. It’s always fun when our local businesses join in supporting the community. This event is a wonderful opportunity for people to get outside, enjoy some fresh air and a little spirited competition, eat lunch—all in the name of helping support our respite program,” Mary Anne Oglesby-Sutherly, executive director of Veranda Ministries, said.
“It’s hard to believe this is our fifth year for this event. I can’t thank the individuals who are going to be dunked this year enough for volunteering their time to help raise money to support our activity program,” she said. “We’re looking forward to another day filled with good friends and fun.”
Proceeds from the lunch and "Dunking for Dementia" go to The Veranda. Donations for the dunking booth can be made online by clicking here. For more information, contact Mary Anne Oglesby-Sutherly at 615-675-4345 or 936-554-4615.