Local Businesses Join in Fight Against Alzheimer's Disease

      Nearly 2,200 people suffer from Alzheimer's Disease in Buffalo County alone, which is why the Kearney business community is getting together to take big strides for awareness and funding.

      Ashley Furniture employees gathered Saturday morning to find ideas to help raise money and awareness for the Walk To End Alzheimer's event this September.

      They're joining 21 other businesses and community leaders to help with Kearney For A Cure.

      Organizers say getting businesses involved is a great way to reach a new audience.

      "Everybody in the community knows all these places in Kearney, they all have good reputations and to get all the community members involved," said store manager Bill Kretz. "I think it's just going to spread the awareness and get the word out there much better."

      "When business leaders are involved they can get their employees involved and people that come into the business and it's going to make the walk so much bigger," said Alzheimer's Association's Susie Peterson. "It's going to help us raise more funds and increase awareness about Alzheimer's disease."

      Each corporate team will commit to raise $1,000 for the walk which will take place September 18th at the Peterson Senior Center.

      Other businesses include First National Bank, Eakes Office Supply and the Buckle.

      REPORTER'S NOTES: Businesses and community leaders taking part in this event include:

      Kearney Crossfit
      Mayor Stan Clouse
      Farmer's Merchants Bank
      Cash-wa Distribution
      Black Oak Investment
      Kearney Area Chamber of Commerce
      The Buckle
      Buffalo County Fairgrounds
      Ashley Furniture
      Wells Fargo Bank
      Schrock Chiropractic
      First National Bank
      Park School
      Coldwell Banker
      NRG Media
      Family Practice Associates
      Lind Eyecare
      Eakes Office Plus
      Ty Law Firm
      Reverend Chad Anderson

      More information on the walk can be found at