Successful Ugly Sweater 5K Dash Funds Programs to Support Local Families

Race proceeds fund The ARK of SC's programs to assist local families living with Alzheimer’s and related dementia.

The ARK, Alzheimer’s Family Support Services, recently hosted its fifth annual Ugly Sweater 5K Dash presented by Summerville Elks Lodge, 2719 on Dec. 3, 2022, in historic downtown Summerville. The annual event attracted 145 runners and walkers from all over the state, raising over $7,000 for The ARK of SC’s programs to assist local families living with Alzheimer’s and related dementia. All race proceeds fund programs such as memory screenings, resource fairs, educational workshops, and support groups in Berkeley, Charleston, Colleton, Dorchester, and Orangeburg counties plus respite centers in Harleyville and Summerville

“It is becoming increasingly important to raise awareness for our services and the prevalence of Alzheimer’s and related dementia in our area. There is a growing need for our programs,” said Peg Lahmeyer, executive director of The ARK. “The AARP recently announced that about 41 million family caregivers provided 16 hours a week or 34 billion hours of care with an estimated economic impact of $470 billion. In other words, caregivers are leaving paying jobs to take care of their loved ones. We are here to offer respite, support, and education.”

Congratulations to the top performing finishers in their respective categories. Awards were given to Hannah Moldenhauer with a time of 18:26, Jenna Godwin with 21:20, and Kendall Griffith with 23:46. Sawyer Speights came in first in his category with 19:58, next was Bruce Christensen with 20:00, and Kyle Lehrke with 20:25.

Based in Summerville, The ARK is a local nonsectarian nonprofit outreach program providing hope and relief to families living with Alzheimer’s Disease or a Related Dementia (ADRD). Support services include social respite care, support groups, education, caregiver consultations, resource referrals and community development. For more information, call 843-471-1360 or visit

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