The ALS Association Arizona Chapter has announced it raised $900,000 and counting for ALS patients living with the incurable disease through its annual series of signature fall fundraising events.
“Last year, COVID-19 forced us to scale our favorite events down to ensure the safety of the community and we were happy to do so,” said Taryn Norley, president and CEO of the ALS Association Arizona Chapter. “But being back in person this year, following CDC guidelines, and seeing the outpouring of support from patients, families, friends and advocates for an ALS cure was so heartwarming. Reaching this fundraising record means that we can provide those who’ve been diagnosed and their loved ones with all the resources needed to fight Lou Gehrig’s disease.”
The organization’s campaign kicked off on Oct. 30 with the sold-out Bite Nite at The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa’s Marshall Outpost, which raised more than $275,000. Hosted by Catherine Anaya and Larry Gaydos, 500 guests were treated to a live auction led by “auctiontainer” Letitia Frye, live music and food from Ling & Louie’s Asian Bar and Grill, Maple & Ash, Heidi’s Events & Catering, Cold Beers & Cheeseburgers, Creations in Cuisine, Waltz & Weizer, Brat Haus, Fairytale Brownies, Crumbl Cookies, Black Rock Coffee, Queso Good Grilled Cheese Truck and O.H.S.O. Brewery, which brewed a special beer for the occasion called the “Kick ALS IPA.”
On Nov. 13, the campaign continued with the Tucson Walk to Defeat ALS, which raised more than $60,000 at the Tucson Speedway hosted by vocalist Wendy Sweet. There was a car show for families who fundraised in southern Arizona, live entertainment, local sports mascots, Santa Claus, and food by Papa Johns, Eegees and Cupcakes by Amy.
Members of University of Arizona’s Phi Delta Theta and Delta Tau Delta organizations volunteered at the event.
The campaign closed with the Scottsdale Walk to Defeat ALS on Nov. 20 at the Salt River Fields hosted by Larry Gaydos. The walk, which raised more than $565,000, was led by the Arizona Coyotes mascot, Howler, with special appearances by Santa Claus, the Dune Sea Garrison — 501st Legion, Heroes United, Arizona Ghostbusters, two DJs, and the band Lazy Susan. Treats were provided by Kona Ice and Papa Johns.
Money raised from the events goes toward equipment, education, support groups, access to care, advocacy and finding a cure for the currently fatal disease. For more information on the ALS Association Arizona Chapter, visit alsaz.org.
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