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May 11, 2012 - ALS Association - Sunset at the Ritz

What: ALS Rocky Mountain Chapter Gala Fundraiser

Where: Ritz-Carlton Denver

When: Friday, May 11th, 2012

Time: 6:30 p.m.

Ticket Prices: $150 per person

Master of Ceremonies: Bill Clarke

Executive Director: Pamela Rush-Negri

President(s): Marty Skolnick

Entertainment: Dotsero

Music: Don Angelo

Board of Directors: Marty Skolnick, President, Robert L. Behrens, Vice President, Kevin Corley, Treasurer, Josh Rudin, Secretary, Tom Carley, Past President

Blacktie Photos by: Carol Burkett - Superior Imaging

 Matt and Amy Chumraut, left, with Dennis and Gayle Wright
Matt and Amy Chumraut, left, with Dennis and Gayle Wright

It was a glittering affair at the Ritz-Carlton in downtown Denver on Friday night.  Family, friends and supporters of the ALS Association Rocky Mountain Chapter, gathered for a gala cocktail hour, silent auction and dinner to strike a blow against Lou Gehrig's Disease. May is ALS Awareness Month. 

Attendees checked in as they arrived at the party on the second floor of the Ritz.  As they mingled with friends and family, attendees were treated to the music of Don Angelo.  Bill Clarke, MC for the evening, is a longtime supporter of the ALS Association and he toured the silent auction with the crowd.  Al Lackner, an ALS volunteer, photographed guests for the association.  The Ritz-Carlton staff ushered guests into the ballroom, where they were served a white glove, multicourse meal.  

Bill Clarke talked about his history with the ALS Association and introduced the band Dotsero. Marty Skolnick, board president, thanked attendees for showing their support and thanked the ALS leadership. Pam Rush-Negri talked about the clients and volunteers of Rocky Mountain ALS, in particular Suzanne, who intially came to ALS as a client, and while her ALS worsens, she has also become a very active ALS volunteer, raising thousands of dollars.  Suzanne has a large group of supportive friends who call themselves The FOS, Friends of Suzanne.  Two of the FOS took to the stage and talked about their friendship with Suzanne and her committed fundraising.  They also read a heartfelt email from Suzanne, who was too ill to attend.

Auctioneer Kevin Rutter encouraged the crowd and very lively bidding was underway.

The ALS Association was established 25 years ago to assist people with ALS and to fund research to find the causes and treatments.  Public education and advocating for public policy supporting the required treatment and continued research about this disease are important roles of the ALS Association. This devastating neurodegenerative disease (amyotropic lateral sclerosis) causes progressive muscle weakness and paralysis. 

For more information about Lou Gehrig's Disease and the ALS Association, please check out their website at


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