Dogs are known as man’s best friend.

At Garnette Gardens in Redwood Falls they are also known as the friend of those facing the realities of Alzheimer’s Disease.

For the past three years, the staff of Garnette Gardens in Redwood Falls has hosted a dog fashion show in an effort to raise funds for the Alzheimer’s Association and its annual Walk To End Alzheimer’s.

“All of the proceeds from the show go to Walk Against Alzheimer’s,” said Colleen Marcus, Garnette Gardens sales and community marketing manager.

For the past few years members of the Garnette Gardens staff have joined together to raise funds to fight Alzheimer’s Disease and formed a Walk To End Alzheimer’s team known as the Garnette Gardens Gladiators.

Throughout the year the team members host fundraising events, including the dog fashion show. This year there were more than 25 dogs and their owners who participated in the show, which included a best costume as well as non-fashion categories. The residents of Garnette Gardens, along with a few members of the community, gathered June 27 to watch the show seeing a variety of dogs walk past. A panel of judges selected the winners.

Each entry in the show paid a fee of $10 to participate.

According to Marcus, more than $300 was raised during the dog show fundraiser. The Alzheimer’s Association Walk To End Alzheimer’s is held annually in more than 600 communities across the United States and is considered to be the world’s largest event held to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s Disease care, support, education and research.

Teams and individuals signing up to participate in one of the Walk To End Alzheimer’s events have the opportunity to set up a page on the Alzheimer’s Association Web site, which allows the public a chance to make donations to those who participate.

The site can be found at

A link to the walk page can be found there. The Garnette Gardens Gladiators team is accepting donations for the walk it will participate in Sept. 30, 2017 at Robbins Island Park in Wilmar.

The fundraising activities also continue for the local team, with an ongoing opportunity for people to donate known as the “Forget-Me-Not” flower.

For a $5 donation a “flower” with the named of a loved one impacted by Alzheimer’s Disease is placed on the wall of honor and remembrance outside of the Garnette Gardens memory care unit.

To find out more about this fundraiser, contact Mary Jo Hannasch, memory care suites manager, at (507) 644-8500, or send her an e-mail at