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May 04, 2013 - Sunset at The Ritz

What: ALS Association Fundraiser

Where: RItz-Carlton

When: Saturday, May 4, 2013

Time: 6:00 p.m.

Ticket Prices: $150 per person

Master of Ceremonies: Bill Clarke

Executive Director: Pamela Rush-Negri

Entertainment: Hazel Miller Band

Auctioneer: Shelly St. John

Board of Directors: President: Robert Behrens, Treasurer: Kevin Corley, Vice President: Josh Rudin, Secretary: Jarod Smilkstein, Past President: Marty Skolnick

Blacktie Photos by: Carol Burkett

 Jim and Krista Strunc, with Evelyn Haggerty and Mary Lou Bennington
Jim and Krista Strunc, with Evelyn Haggerty and Mary Lou Bennington

 Each year in the United States over 5,000 people are diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, also known as ALS or Lou Gehrig's disease.  This neurodegenerative disease is devastating for patients and their loved ones. The Rocky Mountain Chapter of the ALS Association was founded in 1996 to support local patients, their families and caregivers.  The National ALS Association works to fund research into the treatment and cure of of ALS. Exciting developments are happening currently in the field of ALS research. 

Over 230 people attended the Sunset At The Ritz event, arriving to a cocktail hour, complete with a silent auction, a palm reader, the Just Shutter Up photobooth and the musical stylings of Don Angelo. The wine grab bag table was very popular with guests and sold out quickly. Guests who purchased a mystery bottle of wine were entered into a drawing for a $150 bottle of Silver Oak wIne.

At the end of the cocktail reception the crowd entered the Ritz-Carlton ballroom, where Hazel Miller and her band set the mood for the rest of the evening.  Emcee Bill Clarke welcomed the crowd as dinner was served.  Bill then introduced Pamela Rush-Negri, the Rocky Mountain ALS Association executive dIrector, who talked about the work of the local chapter.  Pamela then introduced Bob Behrens, the president of the Executive Committee, who was excited to share his thoughts about the chapter and those who work with it.

Shelly St. John served as the auctioneer for the event and warmed up the crowd with an amazing tongue twister and then conducted an exciting live auction. 

For more information about the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the ALS Association please check out their website at The website contains information about patient resources and all the latest research in the ALS field. 

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