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.
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.