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'First Look': Local Alzheimer's association seeks sponsors in new building

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    Robin McGarrah and Kate Eucce of the Alzheimer's Disease Association of Kern County talk about the organization on "First Look with Scott Cox."

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By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN

The Alzheimer's Disease Association of Kern County supports caregivers as they care for a loved one affected by Alzheimer's disease and related disorders.

Friday on "First Look with Scott Cox," Robin McGarrah and Kate Eucce of the association talked about the progress of their capital campaign.

On Oct. 24, the association held a benefit with keynote speaker Michael Reagan who shared the Alzheimer's journey he took with his father, President Ronald Reagan.

They raised about $150,000.

The next step in the campaign is to find a name for the new 13,000-square-foot building the association is building.

"The more money we can raise, the less we have to finance so we can offer more grants to individuals who can't afford Alzheimer services," McGarrah said.

The association is currently in a 5,200-square-foot building and it's simply not big enough for the many services they provide.

The new building is expected to cost about $3.5 million.

"It's a large chunk of money but the local need is necessary," Eucce said. "And remember that everything we raise stays here, for our locals."

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