That was the situation for Ralph Hudson when his wife was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease and admitted to Preston Place II three years ago. Hudson had always been heavily involved with volunteer organizations, particularly the Red Cross, but when Alzheimer’s came into his family he wanted to do everything possible to make a difference.
When he discovered that Preston Place held a golf tournament to raise funds for the Alzheimer’s Association, it was a natural fit for Hudson to become involved. Hudson was an avid golfer his entire life and passed his love for the sport along to his six children. He became instrumental in assisting Preston Place with its annual "A Round to Remember" Golf Classic.
Hudson passed away suddenly on Jan. 16, 2012, and Preston Place is honoring his memory at the golf tournament this year.
Trish Nottingham, Hudson’s daughter, recalls how much the tournament meant to her father.
"My parents were married for 59 years before my father passed away and he was completely devoted to her care after she was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. He visited her every day at Preston Place II and made it his passion to help find a cure for Alzheimer’s. He wanted to assist Preston Place in any way possible in their support for the Alzheimer’s Association," said Nottingham.
All of Hudson’s six children will be participating at the golf tournament, along with several grandsons. His family alone will have six teams playing golf that day in memory of their beloved father and grandfather, and in honor of their cherished mother and grandmother, Marion Hudson. It is their special way of uniting together to support research and find a cure for Alzheimer’s.
"Dad will be smiling down at the entire family on the day of the golf tournament," said Nottingham.
Preston Place Assisted Living Community would like to invite additional teams to participate in their Fourth Annual "A Round to Remember" Golf Classic on Friday, Oct. 5, at Cattails Meadowview. Breakfast and lunch will be provided by area business sponsors, and the staff at Preston Place said the event is always fun-filled with a relaxing day of golfing for a great cause. There will be a silent auction, along with various door prizes and awards given throughout the day.
Business sponsors are also encouraged to support Preston Place and the Alzheimer’s Association in the tournament. There are many opportunities for sponsorship, including a Green Sponsor where a company’s name will be displayed on a green, all the way to a Banner/Logo Sponsor, which includes one complimentary golf team. All proceeds from the tournament are used to provide services, educational programs and community awareness for Alzheimer’s.
Presently, Alzheimer’s is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States and an estimated 5.4 million Americans live with this disease.
Preston Place is dedicated to caring for their residents with Alzheimer’s and other dementia-related diseases. Preston Place II, a state-of-the art secure facility, opened in 2007 and specializes in caring for individuals with Alzheimer’s.
The love and devotion at Preston Place is apparent in the devoted employees at the center. All of the employees are committed to participating in the fundraisers throughout the year, and give their time and resources to help the present and future residents under their care.
For more information about the Preston Place Community or the Fourth Annual "A Round to Remember" Golf Classic In Memory of Ralph Hudson, contact Sharon Durnin at Sharon@prestonplacesuites.com or call 423-378-HOPE.