Get ready to celebrate fond memories of lingering over a malt, doing the Mashed Potato, or dancing the Twist at RetroFest ’10, benefitting the Alzheimer’s Alliance of Smith County (AASC). This event, to be held on Thursday, October 7, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Tyler Municipal Rose Garden Center, promises to be a celebration of 1950s and ‘60s music featuring the group Shake, Rattle, & Roll, Dale Cummings as The C, and Josh Davis as Elvis. Enjoy burgers and soda fountain goodies, classic cars, children’s activities, dance contests, and more.
AASC supporter Marilyn Richey understands firsthand the challenges faced on a daily basis by families and caregivers of those suffering with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. Those individuals affected by Alzheimer’s disease or dementia and their family members take comfort in the support and services AASC offers to help them efficiently manage this progressive, degenerative disorder.
Mrs. Richey and her family have been named honorary chairmen of RetroFest ’10 and they encourage the community to join with them for this fun-filled evening.
“This fundraising event will benefit thousands of families in Smith County who, like ours, have loved ones affected by Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias and who rely on professionals for assistance,” Mrs. Richey said. “We like the fact that every dollar donated to the Alzheimer’s Alliance stays in Smith County and allows the organization to provide caregiver support groups, the Alzheimer’s Day Club, respite care assistance, Project Lifesaver, an on-staff social worker, resources, referrals, and more.”
Mrs. Richey is also a supporter of the Texas Rose Festival, where she has served as a committee member, and the Tyler Museum of Art. She has served on the Tyler Cattle Baron’s Gala committee and has also served as an Eisenhower Ambassador for The University of Texas at Tyler.
“I’ve always felt that any way one can help in the community is so rewarding to the volunteer. Tyler is a city with a lot of pride, and it certainly promotes a feeling of wanting to give back to the community,” Mrs. Richey said.
Born in Dallas, Texas, Mrs. Richey has lived in Tyler for 30 years. She is a graduate of Irving High School in Irving, Texas, and majored in business at the University of North Texas in Denton. Mrs. Richey and her husband, Lanier, have been married 54 years. They are the parents of three adult children, Robert, Adam, and Ragon. The Richeys are members of Marvin United Methodist Church.
“I love Tyler and the beautiful environment of East Texas. I’m looking forward to joining with the community to support the Alzheimer’s Alliance of Smith County while celebrating music and memories of the ‘50s and ‘60s,” Mrs. Richey said.
For more information, please log onto www.alzalliance.org/retrofest, or call 903-509-8323.