Port Orchard Public Market to have Alzheimer’s awareness event June 21

PORT ORCHARD — The Port Orchard Public Market is participating in National Alzheimer’s Month activities this month with its own promotion, called “Port Orchard Cares,” on June 21.

The event will run from 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., just after sunset on the longest day of the year. Businesses will contribute 10 percent of their sales revenue that day to the Alzheimer’s Association. In addition, merchants will have a raffle, with tickets priced at $10 each, for prizes from merchants, said Coreen Haydock of the Public Market.

Live music also will be featured at the end of the day. Haydock said individuals can contribute through the market’s Facebook page to the Alzheimer’s Association.

Port Orchard Cares is part of the association’s national “Longest Day of the Year” promotion.

“Three of us who own businesses in the Public Market have lost a parent to Alzheimer’s, two have lost a grandparent and another two have parents struggling with the disease,” Haydock said. “We are joining others around the world to honor people living with Alzheimer’s, their caregivers and those lost to the disease while raising funds and awareness to advance the care, support and research efforts of the Alzheimer’s Association.”

Haydock said an estimated 47 million people across the world are living with dementia. The number is expected to rise to 75 million by 2030.