FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 5/10/2023
Contact: Mary Anne Oglesby-Sutherly, 615-675-4345 or 936-554-4615
GALLATIN, TENNESSEE—Local community leaders are preparing themselves to be dunked in water during the seventh annual "Dunking for Dementia" event benefiting The Veranda, the flagship program of Veranda Ministries. The event begins at 9 a.m., Saturday, June 10 at The Veranda, located at 650 Nashville Pike in Gallatin. 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 Billy Blackwood, Blackwood Brothers Quartet and worship pastor for Impact Fellowship Church; Jennifer Burke, Aveanna Hospice; Rhonda Minton, Lipscomb University; Jennifer Mullins, End-of-Life Doula; Mary Anne Oglesby-Sutherly, Veranda Ministries; Tim Owens, Old Time Preachers Quartet and pastor at Memorial Baptist Church-Chattanooga; Taylor Perrin, HighPoint Hospice; Dusty Wells, Daywind Records; Robin Williams, Silverlink; and Annie West, The Hearth Hendersonville.
Guests may enjoy refreshments by Kona Ice, a food truck serving shaved ice treats.
“‘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—all in the name of helping support our respite program,” Oglesby-Sutherly, executive director of Veranda Ministries, said.
“We’re looking forward to another day filled with good friends and fun,” she said. “Our ‘dunkees’ are wonderful supporters of The Veranda, and I can’t thank them enough for volunteering their time to help raise money for our activity program.”
Proceeds from "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.