September 22, 2015 at 4:55 AM
LIVINGSTON, NJ — Fall networking continued among the Livingston business community last week when CareOne at Livingston Assisted Living celebrated Assisting Living Week by hosting its annual NFL Tailgate Party raising money for the National Alzheimer’s Association.
CareOne at Livingston Assisted Living kicked off the start of the 2015 football season with appetizers, cocktails and door prizes during a networking event that brought local professionals in the senior care industry together for the cause.
Each year, CareOne at Livingston Assisted Living invites healthcare professionals and other businesspeople in the area to help in its constant effort to raise awareness about Alzheimer’s disease and encourage others to take part in the attempt to find a cure.
“[Alzheimer’s] is an ongoing struggle that we in the industry are all aware of,” said CareOne at Livingston Assisted Living Community Marketing Director Shelley McDonald. “It’s good for all of us to come together yearly, to give to this amazing organization and to participate in walks throughout the state of New Jersey, but it’s also a way to have a good time while giving back to a charitable organization.”
According to McDonald, the NFL Tailgate Party is only one of the many ways CareOne at Livingston Assisted Living is raising funds for the Alzheimer’s Association in the fall. Those present at the tailgate also met new Executive Director Charles Dixon, who invited them to CareOne’s Fall Festival on Oct. 3 for an open house, bake sale, Bavarian-style hors d’oeuvres and entrees, pumpkin crafts, face painting and other fall activities.
All proceeds from the Fall Festival will benefit Team Friends of Harmony’s contribution to the Alzheimer’s Association. Team Friends of Harmony, the CareOne at Livingston Campus’ walking team, is participating in the upcoming Walk to End Alzheimer’s on Saturday, Oct. 17 at Liberty State Park. Many of the NFL Tailgate Party guests, who were also in the healthcare industry, will support the CareOne team in the Walk.
According to McDonald, most of the guests were professional contacts but some of the guests also had loved ones living there or moving there in the near future. For those who were moving their families to the community center, McDonald said this event was a win-win because they were simultaneously doing business, handing off referrals and meeting the people they are trusting with their loved ones.
For everyone else, it was an opportunity to pass around cards, wind down the summer and regroup together for the next season.
“It’s good to support people within the community that are having these networking events,” said Livingston Area Chamber of Commerce President Monte Ehrenkranz. “I think it’s important for the businesses to see each other on a frequent basis because if you’re seeing each other and have an opportunity to do a referral, hopefully that person’s face or name is still in the back of your head.”
The CareOne at Livingston Campus team raffled off door prizes, many of which were related to the New York Jets and New York Football Giants. Dixon and the team at CareOne said they were looking forward to many more networking events to come.