Sep 15 2023

White Horse Village’s fourth annual Walk to End Alzheimer’s raises over $37,000

This year’s fourth annual White Horse Village Walk to End Alzheimer’s June 21, 2023, has raised $37,320 to date, well surpassing its goal of $23,000. Since 2020, the nonprofit senior living community has consistently exceeded its fundraising goal, with donations totaling over $110,000 for the Alzheimer’s Association Delaware Valley Chapter.

The annual walk tradition began in 2020 when the pandemic canceled the greater Philadelphia walk. Faced with a decline in fundraising, the Alzheimer’s Association Delaware Valley appealed to White Horse Village to host a fundraising walk. The community was recognized as Rookie of the Year for 2020 and Top Continuing Care Retirement Community Award for 2021 and 2022.

White Horse Village resident event leaders work hard to make the walk events fun, drawing hundreds of participants. A variety of sporting activities are available beyond the half-mile or mile walk, including swimming and exercise challenges. New for this year was a  rubber duck challenge race in the community’s aquatic center. Donations to the 2023 walk can be made at http://act.alz.org/goto/whv until December 31, 2023.

“We are incredibly grateful to the planning team and all the supporters for making this event a great success,” comments Susan Abtouche, Vice President of Mission Enhancement. “As a community, we are passionate about this cause, and we look forward to hosting a walk each year to raise monies for Alzheimer’s disease research and awareness.”

Residents know all too well the terrible impact Alzheimer’s Disease has on families and pulled out all the stops to generate awareness while fundraising. Aside from traditional donations, residents raised monies by selling ducks for the community’s first Ducky Derby, in addition to brightly colored pinwheels and raffle tickets. 

White Horse Village recognizes the following volunteers and sponsors for their time and donations:

  • Captains: Bonnie Scott & Duane Thurman, residents, and Kelli Foley, Mission Enhancement Coordinator
  • Committee Members: Residents Beth Stensrud, Carol Henn, Carolyn Shaffer, and Ann Ledger; team members Susan Abtouche, Sharon Davis, Melissa Dell’Orefice, Adam Klepfer, Ethan Dolberry-Wescott, and Colleen Martin; and special guest Kate Hermans, Alzheimer’s Association board member
  • Sponsors: Matt Fetick Team – Keller Williams Realty, Compass/The Goldman Group Real Estate team; BAYADA Home Health Care; Home Instead; Brandywine Staging; White Horse Village Residents Association; Sharon Davis (team member); Bonnie Scott (resident); and the White Horse Village senior leadership team
  • Special Guests: Julie DiMemmo, Alzheimer’s Association; Kristina Fransel, executive director, Delaware Valley Chapter, Alzheimer’s Association; Malcolm Poindexter III, KYW Radio; and Mindy Tatz Chernoff, The Resonant Horse
White Horse Village Walk to End Alzheimer’s committee
Resident and team member volunteers were recognized at the Walk.
Horses lead Walk to End Alzheimer's
Local resident Mindy Tatz Chernoff of The Resonant Horse brought her white horse Viton to White Horse Village to lead the walk. and her horse Viton (pictured above riding white horse Viton).
Special guest Malcolm Poindexter III
KYW Radio reporter and guest DJ Malcolm Poindexter III played an upbeat playlist to get participants moving.