MOUNT AIRY — A local baker and philanthropist has created a charitable trust to more efficiently fund the causes she supports.
Angela Shur, owner of Miss Angels Heavenly Bakery and Miss angel’s Farm here, and widely known as Miss Angel, has formed the “Touched by Miss Angel Charitable Trust.”
The trust’s first endeavor will be a September 2 event to provide fun and respite time for Alzheimer/Dementia patients, their families and caregivers.
When Shur’s mother began to show symptoms of dementia several years ago, there was a family discussion as to how to best meet the medical and emotional needs of “Granma” and balance that with the demands of a busy entrepreneurial family and the emotional drain of watching a loved one fade away.
“My mom has been such an amazing force in my life and in the lives of our children,” said Shur. “She was the one who was always taking care of others. It was a family decision for us to care for her as long as we could. Everyone has contributed by taking turns. We know, first hand, the extreme difficulty of bad days and the bittersweetness of good days. There is not one family struggling with this illness who has not experienced the excessive stress of these down and up swings.”
Shur’s charity work has been wide-ranging, benefiting efforts such as the providing for the homeless, food for community meals, funds for medical care for the poor, raising funds for the Downtown Business Association and the Rotary of Mount Airy, to name a few. She also knows that Alzheimer’s is expensive; draining families’ bank accounts as well as emotions. True to form, rather than focusing on the difficulties, Angela decided she could help in a small way to give patients and their families a “sweet” experience together without any cost. Hosting specialized events at the family farm could utilize her resources and give others something to look forward to.
Thus, in honor of Angela’s mom, the Touched by Miss Angel Charitable Trust was created to fund these annual events for others to enjoy.
This year’s event will mark the inauguration of the Trust. The Labor Day Picnic is free of charge for Alzheimer’s patients, their families and caregivers residing in Surry County. The September 2 event, from 3 to 6 p.m., will include a dedication ceremony for the Touched by Miss Angel Charitable Trust, picnic meal, beverages, dessert, and special live music performance by “Elvis.”
Information from Alzheimer’s News Today and BrightFocus Foundation shows that in the U.S. alone, one in ten adults, ages 65+, already have a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s/Dementia. Every 65 seconds in the U.S. someone new receives the diagnosis of Alzheimer’s/Dementia from his/her doctor. The costs for the health care and long-term care needed for these patients is equivalent to 1% of the entire world’s gross domestic product. Most often, only about 68% of Alzheimer’s treatment needs are covered by insurance/Medicaid/Medicare; leaving families with massive health care debt.
For more event information, online RSVP, a full list of activities, and directions please go to: www.missangelsheavenlypiesinc.com or contact Miss Angel at 516-317-6338.
• To volunteer at the event or donate food/drinks: contact Miss Angel at 516-317-6338;
• To make monetary donations: make checks to Alzheimer’s Association, and mail to Touched by Miss Angel Charitable Trust, 252 Heart Lane, Mount Airy, NC 27030.
Angela Shur, right, is seen here with Nancy Dixon, president of Surry Medical Ministries, left, at a fundraiser on Shur’s farm in June.
Reach Bill Colvard at 336-258-4035.