Tri-Cities 4th annual purple asparagus fundraiser benefitting Alzheimer’s research begins

TRI-CITIES, Wash. — It’s purple, it’s in season, and it’s helping to fight Alzheimer’s disease. Yes, we’re talking about asparagus.

The fourth annual purple asparagus fundraiser benefitting the Walk to End Alzheimer’s has started and organizers said it’s a great way to try out a cool vegetable while supporting others.

For Erica Grissmerson, the mission is personal as she grew up watching her mother work in memory care facilities.

“I’ve seen the end of the disease progress for people and so I just really want to help people find a cure for the disease and one day hopefully end it,” Grissmerson said.

The asparagus comes from Larsen Farms in Pasco. It costs $2 dollars a pound with a five-pound minimum, which organizers say is a small price to pay that will go a long way.

In Washington, there are over 120,000 people living with Alzheimer’s disease and 297,000 unpaid family caregivers supporting a loved one with dementia, a news release said.

Last year, they were able to raise over $30,000 dollars. This year, they’re hoping to beat that number.

“If we didn’t have the community’s support, we wouldn’t be able to do the fundraiser so it’s been a great year after year getting the community to come out,” Grissmerson said.

All proceeds raised will go toward the walk which provides funding for the local Alzheimer’s Association.

Asparagus is available for pickup in Tri-Cities including locations in Pasco off of Broadmoor Blvd., in West Richland, and in Kennewick at the Fieldstone Memory Care facility from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.

Organizers are asking you to preorder by calling 509-552-7026 as they are selling out quickly.

For more information on the walk, click here.

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