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Big Ed's Firehouse in New Hampton to host Beach Bash June 29th for Alzheimer's

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NEW HAMPTON (KWWL) -

On June 29th, the parking lot at Big Ed's Firehouse in New Hampton will be filled with 250 tons of sand! It's all for the Second Annual Big Ed's Beach Bash for the Cure for Alzheimer's.

"We do this because we believe there is a cure," said Stephanie Mashek.

The fundraiser benefits the Alzheimer's Association East Central Iowa Chapter.

"Last year, we donated more than $17,000 to the Alzheimer's Association. This year, $25,000 is our goal. Our community has been so supportive, I believe we will reach that goal this year," said Mashek.

Stephanie Mashek lost her great grandma to Alzheimer's.

"You don't lose them one time, you lose them twice. You lose them from their memories and then you physically lose them so it makes it that much harder," she said.

The owner of Big Ed's Firehouse, Brian Laures, also has a good reason for organizing this fundraiser.

"My wife's grandpa and my mom had it and my grandma dies from Alzheimer's. So it's something that really affected my family personally," said Brian Laures.

Registration for a classic car show begins at the 9 a.m. Volleyball and bean bag tournaments start at 11 a.m. and BINGO starts at 1 p.m. Music, food and drinks will be available all day and night on June 29th.

Last year, about a thousand people attended and organizers hope even more people turn out this year to help find a cure for Alzheimer's.

"It's a disease that doesn't just affect the person that has it. It affects everybody around them," said Laures.

Alzheimer's is the sixth leading cause of death in the U.S.

If you've lost a loved one to Alzheimer's or know someone currently suffering from the disease, you can donate $20 to have his or her picture included in a memory banner to be on display at Big Ed's Firehouse.

To contact Brian Laures or to submit a photo, click here.

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