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Morning Pointe and The Lantern in Russell bring large team to Walk to End Alzheimer’s

photo of Morning Pointe of Russell and The Lantern team at Walk to End Alzheimer's 2022

Morning Pointe of Russell, a senior living community, and The Lantern at Morning Pointe Russell, its sister dedicated memory care community, recently joined together in this year’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s in Ashland, Kentucky.

The Walk to End Alzheimer’s raises funds for the Alzheimer’s Association and awareness of the disease and supports patients, families and caregivers. This year, the Ashland walk took place at Central Park, and Morning Pointe brought a team of 23, including associates, residents and family members.

photo of members of the Russell Walk to End Alzheimer's team
Members of the Russell Walk to End Alzheimer’s team

The two communities combined raised $476, coming in as the company with the second highest funds raised for the event.

Tina Winters, community relations director at The Lantern, organized the communities’ involvement. Team members sold T-shirts and placed donation boxes in the lobby at The Lantern, as well as the lobby of a local church. At the walk, several team members donned capes to show the heroism in fighting Alzheimer’s.

Russell team members with their capes
Russell team members with their capes

“I was excited to be able to build our team this year and gain as much community support as possible,” said Winters. “I worked very closely with the walk manager, Jessica Munoz, and she asked me early in the year if we had a resident and family that would like to be the ambassador for this year’s walk.”

Winters connected Munoz with Tippy Brown, a resident at The Lantern, and her family. In the ambassador role, Tippy attended the Walk’s kickoff event, shared her story in a flyer and came up on stage with a blue flower at the Walk to represent those living with Alzheimer’s.

photo of Tippy Brown and Jessica Munoz from the Alzheimer's Association
Tippy Brown and Jessica Munoz from the Alzheimer’s Association

Greg Vital, Morning Pointe Senior Living co-founder and president, shared, “The Walk to End Alzheimer’s is such an incredible and important event in aiding the work that the Alzheimer’s Association does to support those whose lives have been affected by this terrible disease. Morning Pointe serves seniors, many of whom live with Alzheimer’s or other forms of memory loss, and it is our duty and honor to join the Alzheimer’s Association in the work of caring for this population of men and women who have given so much and deserve to continue to thrive and experience joy.”

Founded in 1997 by Tennessee healthcare entrepreneurs Greg A. Vital and Franklin Farrow, Morning Pointe Senior Living owns and operates 37 assisted living, personal care and Alzheimer’s memory care communities in five southeastern states and is celebrating its silver anniversary throughout 2022.

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photo, left to right: Franklin Farrow, Morning Pointe Senior Living Co-Founder and CEO; Anita Estes, Executive Director at The Lantern at Morning Pointe of Knoxville; Greg A. Vital, Morning Pointe Senior Living Co-Founder and President; and Rob Pollard, Morning Pointe's Senior Vice President of Operations

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