When Devin Olsen was challenged to create a fundraiser as part of her internship at Life Care Center of Stonegate in Parker, Colo., the senior at Denver’s Metro State University was at a loss. However, with the memory of having lost both her grandmother and great uncle to Alzheimer’s disease, she had the inspiration. All it took was a nudge from a friend and Devin knew she would take a shot at it – in more ways than one.
Even though “Let’s Shoot Out Alzheimer’s” was both Devin’s first attempt at a fundraiser as well as her first time shooting, the Aurora resident hit the bullseye. The sporting clay shooting fundraiser, which she conducted recently at Kiowa Creek Sporting Club in Bennett, Colo., drew more than 70 participants, who each paid $100 to participate, along with 30 volunteers.
“When Life Care Center of Stonegate gave me an opportunity to raise money for Alzheimer’s, I had to jump in,” said Devin. The activities department intern credits 10 hard-working and eager committee members who helped her by gathering 28 silent auction items, seven live auction items and 30 raffle items.
Once the dust settles and pledges have been received, Devin estimates she will have raised more than $10,000 for a cause that is near and dear to her heart – and nearly double her target.
“I lost my grandmother, Marge, to Alzheimer’s in 2008 and great-uncle Ray in 2012, so I knew that an event raising money for Alzheimer’s was the right fit for me,” she said. “Not only have I lost people I love to this devastating disease, but I found out how it affects great people and their families everyday at the Life Care Center of Stonegate.”
After she graduates from Metro State this spring, Devin hopes to pursue her dream job in equine therapy, a form of experiential therapy that involves interactions between human patients and horses.
Devin is continuing to seek donations to her team, which is raising funds for Alzheimer’s care and research as part of the Denver Walk to End Alzheimer’s. Her Walk donation page can be found here.