It is hard to believe it has been over 7 years since a group of “do gooders” banded together to bring life (and funding) to Amy’s Place Memory Café in Roswell, GA. Time flies and things change, but doing good never gets old or goes out of style.
Sadly, Amy’s place, brainchild of Jean Van Ahn and the late Pam Van Ahn is no longer as it once was, a brick-and-mortar place that dedicated to families living with dementia. Alyss Amster, ex Executive Director, continues the spirit of the Amy’s Place in her work with the Dementia Spotlight Foundation also in Roswell.
Amy’s Place Summer Fest deserves a revisit because it was such a fun day for so many people. The end result was some needed funding for an organization that was purely dedicated to doing good. Programs ranged from activities for families living with Dementia…holiday luncheons…a resource library and pure socialization on an as needed basis. Many of the families that went there arrived unannounced and welcomed anytime with open arms.
The event itself was carnival-like, complete with popcorn, hot dogs, snow cones and music. Nearly 100 people stopped by on that Saturday and I did not hear anything but how much fun everyone had.
While Pam is sadly no longer with us, we will always have the memories of so many fun times at Amy’s Place. In physics I learned energy never goes away…rather it is recycled into different forms. I like the thought that all the fun and energy of that day is out there continuing on despite the fact that Amy’s Place Summer Fest was so long ago!