Evening of Fun Raises Funds

FAIR OAKS, CA (MPG)  |  Story and photos by Shaunna Boyd
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Kim Mordecai (center) provides fabulous face and body painting.

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A tot tries her luck at the “ducks in a pond” game.

Oakmont Carnival Benefits Alzheimer’s Research

FAIR OAKS, CA (MPG) - On the evening of Thursday, July 26, Oakmont of Fair Oaks hosted a carnival-themed event to raise money for the Alzheimer’s Association. The fun-filled fundraiser featured food, games and entertainment.

Attendees enjoyed a face painting station, watching the creation of extravagant balloon animals and bidding in the silent auction. The Songbird Trio provided the evening’s musical entertainment, and they wowed the crowd with popular tunes such as Johnny Cash’s “Walk the Line.”

Oakmont’s culinary team provided a sumptuous sampling of sweet and savory treats. The offerings included classic carnival fare with elegant upgrades, such as homemade corndogs, lobster rolls, Mexican-style street corn, sliders, caramel corn and funnel cakes. Residents and guests of all ages tried their luck at the games—ring toss, balloon darts, cornhole, fish bowls and ducks in a pond. The event also featured a bouncy castle and a 3-hole golf putting course.

The proceeds of the event will directly benefit the Alzheimer’s Association’s most well-known charitable event: Walk to End Alzheimer’s. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, more than 5 million Americans are currently living with the disease, and it is the sixth largest cause of death in the United States. Oakmont is an assisted living and memory care facility and many of their residents are affected by Alzheimer’s disease. Laura Abono, marketing and event coordinator for Oakmont of Fair Oaks, said, “A good portion of our residents are affected by it, so it really hits home here.”

Proceeds will go toward funding research on remedies that can ease the symptoms of the disease and, hopefully, to eventually find a cure. Alzheimer’s research has already made progress, finding that musical therapy can be extremely effective.

Oakmont of Fair Oaks, located at 8484 Madison Avenue, is a new facility that just opened in June 2018. Although they have only been open for a short time, they are already almost at full capacity. “It shows how much work we’ve put in, and how much we want to help the residents,” said Abono.

Oakmont facilities in the surrounding areas of Carmichael, Folsom and Roseville are also hosting fundraising events throughout the summer to benefit the Alzheimer’s Association.