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'Memories and a Mustang' set for Friday

This 1966 Ford Mustang Coupe will be raffled off at the “Memories and a Mustang” event set to take place at the Oakland Library Bindery on Friday. (Special photo)

This 1966 Ford Mustang Coupe will be raffled off at the “Memories and a Mustang” event set to take place at the Oakland Library Bindery on Friday. (Special photo)

LEESBURG — A 1966 Ford Mustang Coupe will be up for grabs at the next “Memories and a Mustang” event set for Friday at The Bindery, located at the Oakland Library Event Center in Leesburg.

The event is being held as a fundraiser for the Alzheimer’s Association. Four hundred raffle tickets are being sold for the car for $125 in advance and $150 at the door, if any are still available. Tickets allow two people into the event with one chance to win.

“There are a number of people with Alzheimer’s,” said Dan Phillips, development director for the Alzheimer’s Association office in Tifton, which has a coverage area of 35 counties in south Georgia. “It is the sixth-leading cause of death, and the only one in the Top 10 without a cure or a medication to slow it down.

“Fundraising like this is what helps us raise money for that.”

The Faith Jackson Band will perform during Friday’s event, and food will be provided by Austin’s Firegrill. Live and silent auctions, in which items autographed by Buster Posey, Luke Bryan and Phillip Phillips are expected to be available along with a gas blower and a quail hunt, will be another part of the event, Phillips said.

Cocktail hour will be from 5:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m., with the reverse raffle for the car immediately following.

“You don’t have to be present to win,” Phillips said.

Last year, the event raised $50,000, which sets the bar high for this year.

“We would like to do at least what we did last year,” Phillips said.

All proceeds will go to benefit the Alzheimer’s Association South Georgia Region, coordinators say.

“This is a very different and fun event I think we have been able to do,” said Evie Carver, the chairwoman for the event. “Last year was the first one, and it was a huge success. We said, ‘Let’s do it again and make it bigger so we can find a cure for this disease.’”

The fundraiser will serve as a kickoff for the Walk to End Alzheimer’s, set to take place at Riverfront Park in Albany at 10 a.m. on Oct. 19. The local walk will follow a similar walk in Tifton held on Sept. 28 and precede one scheduled in Valdosta on Oct. 26.

Registration for the Albany walk on the day of the event will begin at 9 a.m., or it can be done in advance by visiting www.georgiawalk.org and clicking on “Albany.” The same website can also be used for tracking fundraising progress, officials with the Alzheimer’s Association say.

Further information from the Alzheimer’s Association website shows there are more than 5 million Americans living with the disease, which is expected to cost the nation $203 billion this year — a number that is anticipated to rise to $1.2 trillion by 2050. The same source also shows that, last year, 15.4 million caregivers provided more than 17.5 billion hours of unpaid care valued at $216 billion.

The 24/7 helpline for more information about Alzheimer’s can be accessed by calling 1-800-272-3900. The call will go to the Tifton office during the day and to the national line after business hours, Phillips said.

The Bindery is located at 445 Oakland Parkway West. Tickets for the raffle can be purchased at DOCO Credit Union, by calling the Alzheimer’s Association office at (229) 388-8219 or visiting act.alz.org/mustangraffle.