AUSTIN — Thanks to charitable donations from Sterling Pharmacy customers and patients, Sterling recently presented a $41,743 check to the Alzheimer’s Association. For the fourth straight year, Sterling turned its stores purple to raise awareness and dollars to help families facing Alzheimer’s Disease.

To raise the funding, patients and customers donated $1, $3 or $5 at the register. Employees also ran bake sales, root beer float stands, blood drives, taco stands, garage sales and even a pie in the face fundraiser to collect money for the cause.

In addition to the money raised at Sterling, the Astrup Family Foundation offered to match every dollar. The foundation is made possible by the legacy of Leonard and Corrine Astrup, who founded Sterling in 1952 in Austin. The goal of the foundation is to give money annually toward supporting 501(c)(3) organizations/charities that affect individuals and communities nationwide, but with a primary focus in the Midwest and in the communities in which the business was built and where our family grew up and was raised.