On the Longest Day of the Year, The Waters is Planning Fundraisers for the Alzheimer’s Association

June 3, 2024

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More than six million Americans live with Alzheimer’s Disease, and on the longest day of the year—the Summer Solstice (Thursday, June 20, 2024)—people throughout the world will be fighting the darkness by raising money to help find a cure.

Locally, fundraising events are planned at the majority of The Waters Senior Living’s communities in Minnesota. Here is what will be happening:

The Waters of Edina
6300 Colonial Way
Edina, MN 55436

What better treat than a root bear float on a hot summer day, and they will be serving up plenty of them at The Waters of Edina on June 20th. For each scoop served, residents will be asked to contribute to the Alzheimer’s Association.

The event gets underway at 2 p.m. Officers from the Edina Police and Fire Departments have been invited to participate by serving the ice cream.

The Waters of Oakdale
7088 11th St North
Oakdale, MN 55128

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A community picnic is planned at The Waters of Oakdale on June 20th to raise money for Alzheimer’s research. Planned at the event are ice cream, raffles, and a special performance by The Capital City Wind Ensemble, which consists of City of St. Paul and Ramsey County employees and retirees, along with some other Downtown St. Paul workers.

The band is scheduled to begin its performance at 1:30 p.m.

The Waters of White Bear Lake
3820 Hoffman Road
White Bear Lake, MN 55110

They will be raising money for the Alzheimer’s Association at The Waters of White Bear Lake with a little friendly competition they are calling “The Coin Wars.”

“Residents of each apartment will be given a jar to fill with coins, and whoever has the most money in their jar by the end of the day will win a prize, but of course the real winner will be The Alzheimer’s Association. We are hoping to fill the jars with lots of high value coins,” said Rachel Staven, Executive Director of The Waters of White Bear Lake.

The Waters of Eden Prairie
431 Prairie Center Drive
Eden Prairie, MN 55344

There will be a sea of purple at The Waters of Eden Prairie Senior Living Community on The Longest Day of the year. Residents and their families, team members, and the general public are being asked to wear purple to the community’s “Longest Day” picnic to raise money for The Alzheimer’s Association.

The event will take place in the late afternoon, between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. In exchange for an $8 donation to the cause, everyone who attends will be treated to a picnic lunch that includes a foot long hot dog or hamburger, chips and coleslaw, a brownie and lemonade or water, and a ticket for one of the many door prizes donated by local businesses.

The plan is to hold the event in the backyard, but if it rains it will be moved inside to the first-floor bistro.

The Waters on 50th
3550 West 50th Street
Minneapolis, MN 55410

At The Waters on 50th in Minneapolis, they will be doing a Dairy Queen Dilly Bar fundraiser. Residents will be asked to donate $5 per treat, and all monies collected will be donated to The Alzheimer’s Association.

The event will be held in the community’s cafe and patio areas.

The Waters of Excelsior
723 Water Street
Excelsior, MN 55331

A whole week of fundraising activities are planned at The Waters of Excelsior. Beginning on Monday, June 17, 2024, raffle baskets filled with donated goods will be on display for residents and team members to see, and buy tickets to try and win. 
Then on The Longest Day, June 20th, the day will begin with a “Good Morning Sunshine” Doughnut fundraiser for Alzheimer’s. At 2:30 p.m., a “Summer Solstice Social” with music, an ice cream sundae bar and photo shoot will get underway.
“We are encouraging residents and team members to dress in the colors of the sun—yellow, orange, and white—when they come to the event. These are of course the perfect colors for the kickoff of summer,” said Lori Nugent, Active Life Manager at The Waters of Excelsior. 

During the afternoon social, winners of the raffle baskets will be announced. In addition, purple bracelets made by the community’s Specialty Care residents will be sold.  
All money raised throughout the week goes to the Alzheimer’s Association.

The Waters of Highland Park
678 Snelling Avenue S.
St. Paul, MN 55116

On the Longest Day, between 2 p.m. and 3:45 p.m., there will be a silent auction at The Waters of Highland Park in St. Paul to raise for The Alzheimer’s Association. The general public is invited to the event that will feature gift baskets filled with items donated by local businesses, community residents and their families, and staff as well.

Among the goodies people will be bidding on: tickets to Circus Juventus, tickets for a Padelford riverboat cruise, a cider tasting at Number 12 Cider for up to ten people, and a $250 gift certificate to R.F. Moeller.

All money raised is being donated to the cause.

The Waters of Plymouth
11305 Hwy 55
Plymouth, MN 55441

Fundraising at The Waters of Plymouth will happen during their daily Happy Hour on June 20th. They will be raising money by selling raffle tickets for prizes ranging from The Waters swag to bottles of wine.

The Waters on Mayowood
827 Mayowood Road SW
Rochester, MN 55902

At The Waters on Mayowood in Rochester, The Longest Day will be an all-day—and night—affair. The fundraising will get underway bright and early at 8:30 a.m. with a doughnut sale. The activity will be followed by a Longest Day Bash in the afternoon, beginning at 3:30 p.m., during which themed baskets will be raffled off to raise money.

“We will have the Ravensfire Band performing with Happy Hour cold drinks, appetizers and basket raffles, and once the sun goes down plan to gather around a bonfire in the parking lot,” said Marni Harris, Active Life Manager for The Waters on Mayowood, who expects the bonfire to be lit around 7 p.m.

“We here at The Waters feel it is extremely important to support causes of interest to our residents and their families. The important work of the Alzheimer’s Association strongly aligns with our brand and the intention of our Petals Memory Care Signature Program as we strive to make a difference in the lives of residents living with dementia-related changes,”  said Lisa Bien Sinz, Vice President of Marketing for The Waters.