Thrift store raises $1 million to fight Alzheimer's

Posted August 29, 2009 1:24 p.m. EDT
Updated August 29, 2009 3:20 p.m. EDT

— A 10-year-old thrift store in Fuquay-Varina celebrated a new milestone Saturday afternoon: $1 million in donations to Alzheimer's research.

Guardian Angel Thrift staffers presented a $250,000 check to researchers Dr. Dan Kaufer and Dr. Don Schmechel. Other donations from the store have gone to the Eastern North Carolina Chapter Alzheimer’s Association.

The store celebrated with live Dixieland music, games, a raffle and children's activities at its 742 N. Main St. location.

Laura Gaddis founded the store after watching her mother struggle with Alzheimer's for 12 years. With help from family members, the thrift store outgrew its 1,400-square-foot facility and moved into its current 26,000-square-foot location within four years.