All-star softball game to benefit ALS
MONTREAL, April 12 /CNW Telbec/ - Vincent and Allana Damphousse have
stepped up to the plate as official spokespersons of The ALS Society of
Quebec. The Damphousses, along with former Montreal Expos Charlie Lea, Bill
"Spaceman" Lee, Warren Cromartie, Andre Dawson, Steve Rogers, Bill Gullickson,
Claude Raymond, Denis Boucher as well as many celebrities from Montreal's
entertainment, business and professional sports communities, will team up for
the 2nd Annual Celebrity Softball Game in support of ALS on Wednesday, June
20th at Jarry Park.
Baseball and ALS are indelibly linked since one of baseball's greatest
legends in history, New York Yankees first baseman Lou Gehrig, died of this
devastating disease in 1941 at the height of his career.
"After losing my father to ALS in 1993, and understanding first-hand how
ALS affects people and their families, Vincent and I are committed to helping
The Society fulfill its mission", said Allana Damphousse. Other celebrities on
the roster include: Justin Trudeau , Sophie Grégoire, Alain Choquette,
Bertrand Godin, Peter Dalla Riva, Melanie Turgeon, Elliot Price, Aaron Rand,
Marc Griffin, Mitch Melnick, Jacques Doucet, Ron Piché, David Tyler, Denis
Talbot as well as players from the Montreal Canadiens, The Impact and The
Alouettes, and of course Youppi!...with more to be announced.
"This event is a significant component of our annual fundraising and
awareness campaign" said Claudine Cook, Executive Director of the ALS Society
of Quebec. "Thanks to the help of dedicated spokespersons, participants,
members from the business community, the media, sponsors and donors, we raised
$240,000 in 2006 and we hope to surpass the $300,000 mark in 2007."
Only three thousand tickets (3,000) are on sale to the public for $25
each. Tickets can be purchased at Admission outlets, by phone at 514-790-1245,
or on online at www.admission.com. Gates will open at 5:30 p.m along with the
silent auction. The pre-game ceremony will begin at 6:30 p.m. Upon completion
of the 7 inning game, fans will have the opportunity to meet the celebrities,
who will be available to sign autographs.
"A few weeks ago I was part of a climbing expedition up Mount
Kilimanjaro" said Luc Vilandré, Fundraising Campaign Chair for the ALS Society
and Vice-President at TELUS. "Despite the many challenges we faced, none of
them compare to the daily challenges that people with ALS experience."
"People and families living with ALS need information, resources,
specialized equipment and support. Research also brings them hope that a cure
will be found. This event will help us raise much needed awareness and funds.
The more people are aware, the stronger the Society will become, the more
lives we can help," explains Lise Deschesnes, President of the ALS Society of
The event will be made possible thanks to: RDS, CFCF/CTV, Q92 FM, 940
News, CKAC, 98.5 FM, Cartier Communications, Le Journal De Montréal, The
Gazette, Telus, La Cage aux Sports, Molson's Export, SAQ, Stephen R Bronfman
Foundation, Future Electronics, Aero Toy Store, The Omni Mont-Royal and CNW
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 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 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
For further information:
For further information: Claudine Cook, Executive Director, ALS Society
of Quebec, (514) 725-2653, (514) 298-0540 (mobile), email@example.com