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AlzCare's third annual Rope to Remember is Friday and Saturday

By ALLISON MILES
Aug. 16, 2011 at 3:16 a.m.


WHAT TO KNOW MORE?

For more information on the event, or to donate items to the silent auction, call 361-571-2899.

Alzheimer's caregivers with questions about the disease or its care, or who are looking for support, can contact AlzCare at 361-580-3151.

Every 69 seconds, someone is diagnosed with Alzheimer's, said Lacey Rosenquest, a licensed vocational nurse with AlzCare in Victoria. Nationwide, 5.4 million people are affected by the disease, a form of dementia that worsens over time, she said.

But, this weekend, people have a chance to fight back.

AlzCare's third annual Rope to Remember is Friday and Saturday at the Chad Chandler's Arena, 6903 Farm-to-Market Road 236.

Proceeds benefit the Alzheimer's Association, Rosenquest said, and will go toward both research and raising awareness of the disease.

AlzCare does not have a specific amount it hopes to bring in, Rosenquest said, but 2010's event brought in more than $15,000.

"We hope to surpass $15,000," she said. "But that's a lot. Really, anything helps."

Friday's ranch rodeo begins with a 6:30 p.m. registration and includes steer doctoring, double mugging and trailer loading. A kids' boot race is also available for the younger crowd.

Team roping begins at 9 a.m. Saturday.

Saddles will go to winners of the team roping event, Rosenquest said, and buckles will be awarded both nights.

The Rope to Remember includes more than just the rodeo events, however. Concessions and a silent auction also come into play, Rosenquest said, and T-shirts will be for sale.

Rosenquest said she looked forward to the Rope to Remember. Not only is the event itself fun, she said, but it feels good to help the cause.

"We hope to see a lot of people come out to support the event," she said.

Admission to the Rope to Remember is free, but attendees are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs.

For more information, call 361-571-2899.

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