Do It For Love
In wisdom, our residents teach the rest of us how to live, reminding us that life’s deepest satisfaction is found when we give ourselves away in service to others. The blessings are boundless.
The obvious place for us to start is in service to the Alzheimer’s Association and other senior-focused not-for-profit organizations. But we creatively find other charitable work to put our hands to: making blankets for the local children’s hospital, assembling care kits for soldiers, writing encouraging notes to schoolchildren, or packing lunches for the homeless. Whether brightening lives under our own roof or out in the bigger world, it’s all a priority at MorningStar.
Walk to End Alzheimer’s
MorningStar teams walked in joyful, confident strides, at the 2016 “Walk to End Alzheimer’s” from August through November across the cities in which we have communities. This 5K Walk is the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. And MorningStar was there: staff, residents and family members—as walkers, runners, exhibitors and sponsors!
In the weeks leading up to the event, each community hosted all manner of creative events to raise money: paying to wear jeans on Friday, chili cook-offs, auctions, car washes, and jewelry sales. Together, MorningStar gave over $32,000 to the Association in eager search of the cure.
Here’s a compilation video from the eleven walks in which 238 of us participated.
Up with Hope
In radiant service to the memory-impaired, MorningStars across our seven states hosted uplifting celebrations of “The Longest Day” on June 21 to support fundraising efforts to find treatments and a cure for Alzheimer’s Disease.
Following the theme of the award-winning film, “Up,” the MorningStar extravaganza carried the message aloft of “Up with Awareness. Up with Hope. Up with Compassion.” Our community teams each cooked up their own flavor of ‘Up’. We had fundraisers of every sort, unforgettable balloon releases and plantings, games, activities and petting zoos.
“Your staff, residents and families were an inspiring addition to The Longest Day. Five of our own staff attended several of your events, each returning with glowing comments. From sunrise to sunset, MorningStar UPLIFTED their communities, raised money and shared a powerful message of hope and compassion. And you made it fun for everyone! Thank you for everything you do on The Longest Day and every day!” Alzheimer’s Association, Denver chapter
Just Like Rudolph, Only Better
Bud and Bonnie (residents of MorningStar of Fountain Hills) donned Red Noses to help support the nonprofit organization, Comic Relief, Inc., whose mission is to end childhood poverty. National “Red Nose Day” brings people together to have fun, raise money and change the lives of children who need our help the most.