MONTREAL, June 17 /CNW Telbec/ - On July 2nd, over 30 celebrities from
the sports and entertainment community will suit up for the 4th Annual
Celebrity Softball Game and All-Star Cocktail at Jarry Park to help raise
awareness and funds in support of the ALS Society of Quebec. Vincent and
Allana Damphousse have once again stepped up to the plate as official
spokespersons of the Society, as has former Alouettes player and broadcaster,
Tony Proudfoot who was diagnosed with ALS in 2007.
The 2009 edition of the ALS Celebrity Softball Game will see Expos
winningest Manager, Felipe Alou return to Montreal to aid in the cause.
Tickets are available at all Admission outlets or on line at
www.admission.ca or by calling 514-790-1245. Tickets are $20 for adults and
$10 for children 12 years old and under. A limited number of VIP tickets are
on sale for $75, which includes a cocktail with the celebrities and reserved
seating. Gates will open at 5:30 p.m. with the pre-game ceremony honoring Lou
Gehrig beginning at 6:30 pm. Fans can meet with the stars and receive
autographs after the game.
"ALS is a devastating disease that affects the entire family emotionally,
physically and financially. People and families living with ALS need
information, resources, specialized equipment, support and eventually care
24/7. Vincent and I are committed to helping The Society fulfill its mission
and to ensure there is support throughout every stage of the illness while
furthering research. We are also thrilled with the list of celebrities who
have agreed to support us in our efforts" said Allana Damphousse.
The Damphousses, Tony Proudfoot and Felipe Alou will also be joined by
Guy Carbonneau, Joel Bouchard, Stéphane Quintal, Derek Aucoin, Marc Griffin,
Bertrand Godin, Peter Dalla Riva, Jacques Villeneuve, Pierre Marchand, Gabriel
Grégoire, Bruno Heppell, Philippe Girard, Aaron Rand, Ron Piché, Randy Tieman,
actor Zaib Shaikh, Alain Choquette, Mathieu Dandenault, Claude Raymond, Rick
Moffat, Mitch Melnick, Youppi!
"One of the many passions in my life at this moment is to do what I can
to raise awareness and much needed research funds to combat ALS as well as to
help other families cope with the disease. My time may be limited but I am
hoping we are close to achieving a significant breakthrough and we must forge
ahead with resolute determination in this effort. Thank you for being part of
the team in the fight against ALS." Said Tony Proudfoot
"For the past two weeks you have been reading about a bad break I got.
Yet today I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the earth"
-- Lou Gehrig, July 4, 1939
Those words were uttered by Lou Gehrig in a ceremony at Yankee Stadium
nearly 70 years ago as he was dying from ALS -- amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
-- a disease that was unknown at the time, but would ultimately bear his name.
Seventy years later, the cause for ALS is still unknown, there is no cure or
effective treatment to stop the disease and the needs for support, specialized
equipment and services from people living with ALS are growing. We will honour
Lou Gehrig's memory with a pregame presentation on the field.
ALS attacks the body's motor neurons, and is fatal within an average of
three to five years. As motor neurons are destroyed, persons with ALS lose
their ability to walk, speak, swallow and breathe without it affecting their
intellectual capacity. They become a prisoner within their own body.
About The ALS Society of Quebec
The ALS Society of Quebec is a non-profit community organization whose
mission is exclusively dedicated to the improvement of living conditions for
people suffering from ALS and the support of their family members. Promoting
and subsidizing medical research on the causes, treatment, and cure of ALS are
also integral parts of the mission of the Society, which survives on donations
and on proceeds from various fundraising events. Visit the Society's New
Website at www.sla-quebec.ca for additional information.
For further information:
For further information: Claudine Cook, Executive Director, ALS Society
of Quebec, (514) 725-2653, Cell.: (514) 298-0540