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Generosity of Jersey Mike's customers helps local Alzheimer's patients

The Bakersfield Jersey Mike's donated $949 to Alzheimer's Disease Association of Kern County Jan. 7, 2019. (KBAK/KBFX photo)

Because 949 customers of the Bakersfield Jersey Mike’s said yes to buying a combo meal in November, the sandwich shop presented a check for $949 to the Alzheimer’s Disease Association of Kern County on Monday.

“It makes us feel great that without the community’s help, we could not do what we do. So, we really appreciate everybody’s help that comes in and buys a combo,” Carrie Asbury, co-owner of the local Jersey Mike’s franchise.

For every combo purchased on Mondays in November, $1 was donated to ADAKC, according to Becca Montoya, marketing and sales coordinator for ADAKC.

ADAKC is a facility that offers a place where caregivers can bring their adult loved ones who need adult supervision, especially those who have Alzheimer’s or dementia, during the day for a bit of respite, Montoya said. All the money raised stays local.

“It’s a really happy place, an energetic place where we love and take care of them and give that break to the caregivers,” Montoya said. The donation will go to scholarships for families that can’t afford the $10 cost, among other things.

It’s a partnership that’s been helping ADAKC for about three years, Asbury said.

“We’ve always thought that ADAKC has been a great community organization that could use a lot of our help,” Asbury said.

The nonprofit organization does receive a government grant that helps with funding, but most of the money to keep ADAKC going comes from fundraisers and donations, Montoya said.

The organization does six major fundraisers per year, plus multiple smaller ones like the Jersey Mike’s event.

Anyone interested in partnering to do a fundraiser with ADAKC can call (661) 665-8871 to get more information.

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