Let's play Ball! All-star Weekend to benefit ALS

    MONTREAL, June 11 /CNW Telbec/ - The bases will be loaded this weekend
for the ALS Society of Québec All-Star Weekend June 13th and 14th. 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.
    More notably known as Lou Gehrig's disease, ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral
Sclerosis) is a devastating neuro-degenerative disease that attacks the body's
nerve cells, and is fatal within an average of two to five years.
    Personally touched by ALS, the Damphousses and Team Proudfoot are
dedicated to helping Quebecers living with this distressing disease by
building awareness and raising funds to support essential services and
research endeavors.


    New this year, the Celebrity Softball Game will be 'kicked-off' by an
All-Star Cocktail and auction on Friday, June 13th at 6:00 p.m. at the Just
For Laughs Museum. Co-chaired by Tony Proudfoot and Mr. Larry Smith, also of
the Montréal Alouettes, the cocktail will benefit the Tony Proudfoot Fund and
is sure to be a night of fun and entertainment for fans and celebrities alike!
    Tickets for the cocktail are $175 each, and include two tickets to the
Celebrity Softball game at Jarry Park. To obtain tickets for the Cocktail,
please contact the ALS Society of Québec at 514 725-2653.


    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, Kirk Muller, and Nick de Santis.
    Canadian Idol's Zack Werner (who's 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 starting at 6:30 p.m.. 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.

    Tickets for this star-studded fundraiser are available through all
Admission outlets, by phone at 514 790-1245 or online at www.admission.com.
Tickets are priced at $25 each for adults, and $15 each for children 12 years
and under. A silent auction of exclusive items will open to the public at 7:00
pm and will continue through to the end of the 6th inning. Following the
7-ining game, fans will have the opportunity to meet the celebrities during an
autograph session.

    MEDIA NOTE: On June 13th and 14th, members of the media are cordially
invited to meet spokespersons Vincent and Allana Damphousse, co-chairs Tony
Proudfoot and Larry Smith, our celebrity players and people living with ALS.
Friday, June 13th: Just For Laughs Museum (2111 Saint-Laurent blvd., Montreal)
between 5:30 and 6:30 pm. Saturday, June 14th: Jarry Park Hospitality Tent
(285 Faillon Street, Montreal) as of 5:00 p.m. Please RSVP.


    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.


    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.


    On June 28th, 2007, former CFL all-star defensive back, Tony Proudfoot
announced that he had ALS. The Tony Proudfoot Fund (TPF) was established
shortly thereafter. Missioned to raise funds to help support client services
at the ALS Society of Québec and the Research Fund for ALS at the Montréal
Neurological Institute, the TPF encourages Quebecers to join "TEAM PROUDFOOT"
in its quest to tackle ALS.

    (At time of release) :

    Attending both events : 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.

    Cocktail only : Ben Cahoon, Brian Chiu, Anwar Stewart, Rick Moffat,
Rodger Brulotte, Vincent Lecavalier, Yvon Lambert.

    Softball Game only : Alex Surprenant, Bertrand Godin, Carl Desjardins,
Denis Casavant, Guillaume Latendresse, Guy Carbonneau, Kirk Muller, Martin
Routhier, Nick De Santis, 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),
akilambi@sla-quebec.ca; Claudine Cook, Executive Director, ALS Society of
Quebec, (514) 725-2653, (514) 285-0540 (mobile), ccook@sla-quebec.ca

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