Summerville event raises $30,000 for local Alzheimer’s and dementia programs

October 13, 2021

The 22nd annual McElveen Race for The ARK was held on August 28, 2021 was a banner year, raising more than $30,000 with 400 participants. Race proceeds will benefit The ARK in its work providing comprehensive support services to families living with Alzheimer’s or related dementia. The event funds programs in five area counties, including memory screenings, resource fairs, educational workshops, support groups, and respite centers.

The race included a 5K run/walk and 1-mile fun run – both races began and ended at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in Summerville.

“It was a perfect morning to have the community come together for families living with Alzheimer’s or related dementia in our area,” said Megan Severn, development director of The ARK. “We are thankful for our sponsors, volunteers and participants for joining us this year.”

In South Carolina, 86,000 people are living with Alzheimer’s and that number is estimated to rise to 120,000 by the year 2025. The state has the eighth highest Alzheimer’s death rate in America and has seen a 122 percent increase in deaths since 2000.

While each participant received a commemorative medallion when they crossed the finish line, 2021 race winners include:

  • Overall Female – Rives O’Connell (19:35)
  • Overall Male – Griffin McNeish (17:06)
  • Youth Challenge Winners: Summerville High School Athletics
  • Corporate Challenge Winner: AllCare Living Services

To stay current on all the ARK news and events, including the dates for the 21st annual race in 2020, visit


Based in Summerville, The ARK is a local nonsectarian nonprofit outreach program providing hope and relief to families living with Alzheimer’s Disease or a Related Dementia (ADRD). Support services include: social respite care, support groups, education, caregiver consultations, resource referrals and community development. For more information, call 843-471-1360 or visit