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BENEFIT: Local family to tee up for Alzheimer’s Association

August 23, 2012

Post and Mail photo / Christie Barkley Pictured left to right is Pam McCoy, Russell’s daughter; Russell Fahl and Karen Cook, Russell’s daughter. The Fahl family owns and operates Magic Hills Golf Course.

COLUMBIA CITY­ — A benefit to raise money and awareness for the Alzheimer’s Association is taking place at Magic Hills Golf Course Sept. 15.
A four person golf scramble will be hosted by Magic Hills and will cost $50 per person.
But this event has its own twist. One hundred percent of the money collected is going to the Alzheimer’s Association.
According to the Indiana Golf Office, golf outings used as fundraisers can lose up to 75 percent of monies collected in team fees and sponsors to the hosting golf course.
That means a very small percentage is actually going to the cause or group the outing is benefiting.
Russell Fahl and his family, of Columbia City, own and operate the local golf course and wanted to host an outing that wasn’t about making money, but giving it away.
Karen Cook, Russell’s daughter said, “It is really unique that we are giving 100 percent of the money to the Alzheimer’s Association.”
That doesn’t mean that the outing is without expenses.
“Dad is going to cover the costs,”said Karen. “We are looking for people to sponsor holes and donate prizes.”
The outing, while benefiting a worthy cause, is also a time for the Fahl family to come together for a personal passion.
Russell’s wife, Evelyn, was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s approximately five years ago.
After the illness started to become more aggressive, the Fahl family decided to move Evelyn to Sycamore Village, a senior living community in Fort Wayne.
Russell said, “There are so many people affected by this illness. Our family has been greatly affected.”
Karen said she wants to see people come out to the outing to support the cause, but also to support one another.
“There are family and friends who want to do something for our Mom. Its hard to know what to do, but the outing will give them a chance to help financially support the Alzheimer’s Association,” said Karen.
“I also hope that extended family comes out for the outing to reconnect with each other.”
The Alzheimer’s Assoc-iation is the leading, global voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care and support, and the largest private, nonprofit funder of Alzheimer’s research.
Although Evelyn is in a facility that offers specialized care for Alzheimer’s and dementia patients, Russell still visits her each night.
Karen said, “It is a true testimony to his commitment and love for our mom.”
For more information on the outing or to donate, contact Magic Hills Golf Course at 691-2788.
More information on Alzheimer’s can be found at www.alz.org.

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