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'Longest Day' benefit scheduled at Veterans Park

ALBANY, Ga. -- The "Jenny Riffle" team, named in honor of a local victim of Alzheimer's disease, will host an evening of fun and music at the Veterans Park Amphitheatre Friday as part of the national "Longest Day" fundraising efforts held to raise money for research that will lead to a cure for the dreaded disease.

The community is invited to enjoy an evening of magic, music, food and fun in support of the fight to eradicate Alzheimer's.

"Our team chose to do a benefit concert as part of the Longest Day," Jenny Riffle team captain Peggy Prater said. "We're named in honor of my sweet mama, who just recently passed away with Alzheimer's. We are fighting to find a cure.

"My mama had seven children, 10 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren, and she was the most awesome mama, nana and friend to anyone she knew. She was a strong woman, always active, and took good care of herself, yet Alzheimer's took her. The disease doesn't care who you are. I know in my heart it was the work of my Heavenly Father who brought all this together to honor my mother."

The day's fun will kick off at 5 p.m. with a magic show and balloon characters created by Richard Joy. The dance crew Forgiven will follow Joy to the amphitheatre stage, and the Evergreen Family Band is scheduled to perform starting at 6 p.m. The evening's other musical performers are Willie Moody, Chip and Barbara, the Luke Martin Band and Southern Country, which will take the gathering to the 11 p.m. hour.

Food from Sonny's Real Pit Bar-B-Q and Kim and Tracy Jackson's Snacks will be available during the Longest Day event, and a bouncy house donated by Deep South Party Rentals will be set up for kids' entertainment.

Donations for the evening of fun and entertainment are $6 for adults and $3 for children, with all proceeds going toward Alzheimer's research. Children 6 and under enter free.