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Third Annual Alzheimer’s Research Raffle at Turtle Bay Raises $1650

Turtle Baybes Didi Stovall and Mardi Johnson.

Turtle Baybes Didi Stovall and Mardi Johnson.

The fundraiser raffle at Turtle Bay on Sunday netted $1650 for Alzheimer’s research.

This year was the third annual raffle to raise money for  the Walk to End Alzheimer’s Association, which was organized by “Turtle Baybe” Mardi Johnson. For those who do not know, Turtle Bay is the sister bar to Spirits on Bourbon.

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Mardi is a long-time patron to Turtle Bay. She along with several of her friends have named themselves as the “official” Turtle Baybes krewe here at the bar.

Numerous prizes were awarded to raffle winners. Several prizes were to be won, including Turtle Bay merchandise and gift certificates. Several people came to show their support for Alzheimer’s research and gratuitously donated their hard-earned money for a good cause.

Alzheimer’s disease is a neurodegenerative disease and there is no known cure. The disease is not very well understood, but the disease eventually leads to death, although it can take years. Researcher’s estimate that one in 85 people globally will be afflicted with Alzheimer’s by the year 2050. One of the most common symptoms of Alzheimer’s is long-term memory loss.

Mardi was extremely grateful. “It is because of people like yourselves that an answer to the riddle called Alzheimer’s will be solved much sooner than later,” she said.

Turtle Bay owners Steve Smith and Brad Bohannan were equally as grateful for the turnout, which included several dozen patrons. Smith and Bohannan–who matched 20 percent of the raffle earnings–both champion causes such as this.

A grand total of $1,200 was raised from the raffle itself, plus $150 from her donation page, and then add another $300 contributed by the Turtle Bay owners.

“Thanks to Mardi Johnson and her Krewe of Turtle Baybes, everyone had a great time for a very worthy cause,” Smith said. “This is the third year Mardi chose Turtle Bay to hose her fundraiser and we are proud to help in raising money for Alzheimer’s. Mardi works hard all year long and collects prizes from area businesses to support her efforts. Thanks to Mardi, and our generous neighbors and patrons, this was another very successful charity event. We are just proud to be a part of it.”

Brad weighs in. “We have been blessed with the ability to help raise money for some great charities,” he said. “Not a day goes by with me not realizing how fortunate I am. I feel it’s an obligation to give back.” The money raised–$1,650-may seem like a drop in the bucket compared to the grand scheme of things. However, this is one of many charity events that raise money for Alzheimer’s research. Because the disease is still much of a mystery, every penny sent to research helps.

More work needs to be done. And even though the raffle has ended, you could still donate towards Alzheimer’s research by going to Mardi Johnson’s donation page.

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Spirits on Bourbon Owners Help Raise More Than $8,000 for Breast Cancer Awareness – See more at: http://spiritsonbourbon.com/blog/?p=637#sthash.y132sQeI.dpuf

Spirits on Bourbon Owners Help Raise More Than $8,000 for Breast Cancer Awareness

Spirits on Bourbon owners Steve Smith (far right) and Brad Bohannan (second from left) raised more than $8,000 last Saturday for Michelle's Place Breast Cancer Resource Center.

Spirits on Bourbon owners Steve Smith (far right) and Brad Bohannan (second from left) raised more than $8,000 last Saturday for Michelle’s Place Breast Cancer Resource Center.

Much of the money raised to battle cancer is thrown at research to help us better understand and eradicate such an illness. But until medical advancements become commonplace, organizations like Michelle’s Place Breast Cancer Resource Center help patients fight the more day-to-day ordeals by providing practical support.

The fight extends to Spirits on Bourbon owners Brad Bohannan and Steve Smith, who hosted a fundraiser at Bohannan’s house last Saturday evening. A myriad of songwriters and performers such as Jim Moose Brown came to the benefit. A silent auction was held. All total, the benefit raised more than $8,000 in donations for breast cancer support.

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Earlier this year, Bohannan and Smith were invited to Temecula, California to participate in Reality Rally, an annual event that pits reality TV stars against each other in an obstacle course-style race. The event is organized by Gillian Larson, a contestant from the hit series Survivor: Gabon. Because of Bohannan’s and Smith’s appearance on Spike TV’s Bar Rescue, they were invited to attend in April. Other contestants included stars from TV shows such as Big Brother and The Biggest Loser. At this event, Bohannan and Smith helped raise $5,000 for the Michelle’s Place.

“It was a group effort with help from our great friends, family and vendors,” Bohannan says of last Saturday’s event. “Without them we could not have did this. Thank you, thank you, thank you.”

Both Bohannan and Smith got to visit Michelle’s Place last year to see the kind of impact it made to the community.

On the event Smith said: “We had a chance to meet the staff there and Michelle’s family. It inspired us to do whatever we could to help. Saturday night’s event was all about helping and giving to a worthy cause. Thanks to the incredible musicians, volunteers and enormous generosity of our guests as we were able to raise over $8,000 for Michelle’s Place.”

Larson got wind of the results of the event and was blown away. “I bow in gratitude to them and their donors,” Larson said. “Thank you, thank you.”

Below are some photos from the event last Saturday night.

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michelles-place-benefit3-560pxThe fight against breast cancer does not end or begin with us. Anyone can make a difference no matter how large or small. Please help with the fight against breast cancer and other forms of cancer and donate to your favorite charity.

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