Marilee Sartori is grateful no one close to her has struggled with Alzheimer's disease.
Sartori is one of dozens of Beaufort-area residents showing their creative side and making decorative wreaths for a new Alzheimer's Family Services of Greater Beaufort fundraiser -- a Celebration of Wreaths -- this weekend in downtown Beaufort.
The wreaths will be displayed Friday through Monday on the rooftop of Old Bay Marketplace with an opening event and silent wreath auction Friday night.
Executive director Arlene Hull said word of the event has spread. She had planned to have 50 wreaths. As of Tuesday, that number was at least 62. All contestants paid $75 to create a wreath.
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Some are simple-- Hull's granddaughters covered one in colorful feather boas and strung lights throughout. Others, like Sartori's, are more extravagant.
The local artist, who works in a variety of mediums, inserted a cheery porcelain Santa face into a buoy on the wreath and topped with it, among other items, with a white Navy sailor hat in honor of her husband.
Not for auction, but prominently displayed, will be an over-sized wreath covered in purple feathers, the color used in Alzheimer's awareness campaigns. People will be invited throughout the event to add white feathers in memory of someone who had Alzheimer's.
"We want to get the purple covered with white, to signify the Alzheimer's leaving the world," Hull said.
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