Theater raises awareness for Alzheimer’s

Brooke Schwartz, Contributing Writer

A night of movie trivia, costume contests and prizes with the goal of raising money for Alzheimer’s Disease awareness will be held 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Green Mill Village Theater in Arcola.

The cost of attendance is $10, with all proceeds going to The Walk To End Alzheimer’s.

Cassie Yoder, the director of marketing and development for the Green Mill Village, said the theater worked closely with the Carriage Crossing Senior Living center for this function. This makes working with a charity focused on Alzheimer’s even more special, she said.

“A lot of our residents have Alzheimer’s and dementia,” Yoder said, “which makes this something we are very passionate about.”

The Carriage Crossing center usually makes a donation to The Walk To End Alzheimer’s, so this fundraiser hits on many of the community’s interests.

This fundraiser was also a way for local community and business leaders to get more involved.

Yoder said many of these leaders have worked together to form competing teams for this function.

Businesses donated different goods to be given away as prizes to the winners of the costume contest and of some of the mini-games.

This is the first fundraiser the theater has ever hosted, said Koy Cook, the manager of the Green Mill Village Theater.

Cook said he was inspired by a trivia night the theater staff went to a couple of months back.

Both Cook and Yoder pointed out the significance of using trivia, one of the many activities the Center for Disease Control recommends for strengthening the brain, to raise money for a disease such as Alzheimer’s.

“It’s fitting that the event has to do with memory,” Cook said.

Yoder said Green Mill Village, which is a 65-acre development, is constantly teaming up to try and give back to their community and the surrounding communities.

Students from the University of Illinois, Eastern and more are expected to go to Wednesday’s events, Yoder said.

Before the trivia, a matinee performance of “Slay It Again, Sam,” a murder mystery currently going on at the theater, is scheduled for noon.

Brooke Schwartz can be contacted at 581-2812 or [email protected]