The fundraising walk was held nearly a month ago, on Sept. 21, but donations are still coming in from locals and people dropping in to the store.
More than $15,000 was raised at Reginato’s Deli and Mini Mart in McCloud for the Walk to End Alzheimer’s. Tony Reginato, his staff and family members have been acknowledged for raising the most funds for this event over the past four years they’ve been participating in the Redding event, “but it is our community that should be rewarded,” he said.
The fundraising walk was held nearly a month ago, on Sept. 21, but donations are still coming in from locals and people dropping in to the store. Purple and white “Good ol’ Phyl” paper flowers still line the ceiling of Reginato’s Mini Mart & Deli on the corner of Broadway and Highway 89, showing all who have donated a dollar or more to the Walk to End Alzheimer’s.
“I am amazed that we got this much and money is still coming in,” said Reginato. “It goes to show you what you can raise with a dollar or two at a time.”
The purple flowers, each with the name of the donor, brought in more than $2,800. In addition, a Raldon fly fishing rod, donated by Don Johnson, was raffled off and $4,200 was collected from local businesses.
“Then there are people who come in and just donate,” said Reginato. “We have a wall of flowers just for Ace McArdle, who donates a dollar every time he comes in. My clerks, Anthony, Kailey and Morgen have brought in each over $800 and April and Liz made $1,250 from their bake sale. That is $400 a day. My sister Virginia Riccomini collected over $300 and my daughter Kelly Claro collected $800-$900. This is all for my wife, Ol’ Phyl, who died from this disease.”
Reginato said many in his family and in the small community of McCloud are afflicted with this disease but they are close to finding a cure or at least to slowing down the disease’s progression.
“It’s surprising how many people have Alzheimer’s,” said Reginato. “The day before the walk I found out one of my sisters has got it now. Just in my immediate family, we’ve lost four to the disease.”
“There’s hope for us. I want everyone to know how I feel,” Reginato continued. “I feel touched, honored, and proud to live in this community. I don’t really know how to express it but I am very thankful that I live here. It is humbling. I want to thank everyone in South Siskiyou County for all they gave. I’m going to have a banner made up thanking everyone with my clerks’ faces on it to be placed on the store to show how thankful I am.”