MONTREAL, June 14 /CNW Telbec/ - Rain or shine, the bases will be loaded
this weekend for the ALS Society of Québec Celebrity Softball Game. At
6:30 p.m. tonight, Vincent and Allana Damphousse, official spokespersons of
The ALS Society of Québec, and former Alouettes player Tony Proudfoot will be
teaming up with various celebrities from Montreal's sports, entertainment, and
cultural industries to strike out this crippling disease.
Baseball and ALS are indelibly linked since one of baseball's greatest
legends, first baseman Lou Gehrig, died of this devastating disease in 1941 at
the height of his career. For this third annual game, paying homage to the
legendary ball player and stepping up to the plate for ALS will be former
Montréal Expos such as Charlie Lea, Steve Rogers, Bill Stoneman, Warren
Cromartie and Jim Fanning and other prominent figures such as Guillaume
Latendresse, Vincent Lecavalier, Stéphane Quintal, Guy Carbonneau, and Kirk
Canadian Idol's Zack Werner (whose father died of ALS) will also be on
hand, and will transform from judge to idol himself during his performance of
National Anthem during the pre-game festivities. Also during the pre-game
ceremony, the first pitch (and football toss) will be thrown by Tony Proudfoot
and a member of the ALS Society of Quebec.
In case of rain, activities will take place under the tents installed at
Jarry Park. A silent auction of exclusive items will open to the public and
fans will have the opportunity to meet the celebrities during an autograph
Tickets are available at a cost of $25 each ($15 for children 12 years
and under) at the door. The gates will open as of 5:30 p.m. and the pre-game
ceremony will begin at 6:30 p.m.
MEDIA NOTE: On June 14th, members of the media are cordially invited to
our celebrity players and people living with ALS at the Jarry Park
Hospitality Tent (285 Faillon Street, Montreal) as of 5:00 p.m.
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 affecting their
intellectual capacity. They become prisoners within their own bodies.
ABOUT THE ALS SOCIETY OF QUEBEC
The ALS Society of Quebec is a non-profit community organization whose
mission is dedicated to the improvement of living conditions for people
suffering from ALS and the support of their family members. Promoting and
subsidizing medical research and advancing 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.
LIST OF CELEBRITIES PARTICIPATING THE GAME (At time of release) :
Aaron Rand, Allana Damphousse, Bill Stoneman, Bruno Heppell, Charlie Lea,
Claude Raymond, Denis Boucher, Derek Aucoin, Jeremy Filosa, Jim Fanning, Marc
Griffin, Pierre Vercheval, Randy Tieman, Rob Martier, Steve Patterson, Steve
Rogers, Sugar Sammy, Tony Proudfoot, Vincent Damphousse, Warren Cromartie ,
Zack Werner, Bertrand Godin, Carl Desjardins, Denis Casavant, Guillaume
Latendresse, Guy Carbonneau, Kirk Muller, Martin Routhier, Ron Piché, Stéphane
Fiset, Stéphane Matteau, Stéphane Quintal, Youppi!
For further information:
For further information: Ana Kilambi, Communications Coordinator, ALS
Society of Quebec, (514) 725-2653, (514) 887-0932 (mobile),
firstname.lastname@example.org; Claudine Cook, Executive Director, ALS Society of
Quebec, (514) 725-2653, (514) 285-0540 (mobile), email@example.com