May is ALS Awareness Month, a great time to get involved in the fight against ALS. In an earlier blog post, we told you a little about how you can be a voice for families living with an ALS diagnosis by becoming an ALS Advocate. This week, we want to introduce you to some other ways you can have some fun and make a difference!
Are you an outdoor enthusiast? Prefer a party? Whatever your interest is, we have an event for you! The Chapter hosts four major events a year – The Walk to Defeat ALS®, the Swing for a Cure Golf Tournament, the 5Kimmswick Run, and the Ice Bucket Bash. Additionally, there are numerous Community Partner events – fundraisers organized by friends and family members – that take place throughout the year. Participation in any of these meaningful activities means more support and awareness for local people and families battling ALS.
WALK TO DEFEAT ALS®
The St. Louis and Springfield, IL Walks are our largest events. Most people who attend a Walk to Defeat ALS® tell us it’s like no other walk they’ve been to. There are smiles, tears and most of all an overwhelming sense of hope and community. Bring your family, your friends and your co-workers and Walk to Defeat ALS! Sign up as a walk team, an individual walker, or simply come out to support and be supported by hundreds of new friends who are determined to find a cure for ALS. Learn more about the Walks in June.
SWING FOR A CURE GOLF TOURNAMENT AND DINNER AUCTION
Enjoy golf or know someone that does? Then come out to our annual golf tournament and dinner auction! This event gives golfers the opportunity to support people with ALS and their families in a fun and engaging day on the greens. Both golfers and non-golfers alike are invited to enjoy the evening happy hour and dinner auction. Click here to learn more about this event coming up on Monday, August 20.
5KIMMSWICK KEEP YOUR EYES ON THE PIES
The Blue Owl Restaurant and Bakery and the ALS Association present the ever-popular, 5Kimmswick Keep Your Eyes on the Pies! This 5k race and 1-mile walk or fun run is held in historic Kimmswick, MO and comes complete with lunch, beer and yes, the chance for race winners to take-home a mile-high apple pie. Registration is open now for the 2018 5Kimmswick on Saturday, August 18, 2018!
ICE BUCKET BASH
The Ice Bucket Bash is a fun, energetic dinner party that puts St. Louis celebrities on the hot seat…err the cold seat! Guests enjoy a three-course meal while five notable St. Louisans take the stage. Guests then pledge donations to see the celebs take the Ice Bucket Challenge right before their eyes. Save the date for November 16 at the Four Seasons Hotel St. Louis!
COMMUNITY PARTNER EVENTS
Put your own creativity to work and engage the support of family and friends by planning your own community partner event! We’ll give you tips and supportive materials to help you create an event that showcases your idea of fun. Events can take a number of forms, including but not limited to, golf outings, bike rides, auctions, trivia nights, raffles, walks or runs. The options are endless! Click here for more information about hosting your own event.
Care to put your talents to work and donate your time instead? We’ve got a number of volunteer roles that help you make a difference and fit your schedule. There are one-time as well as long-term opportunities for individuals, groups and organizations.
Help reduce stress on a family battling ALS by helping them with errands and other non-medical needs. As a Community Link volunteer, you’ll be matched with a family for weekly, bi-weekly or monthly visits.
Grab your friends, family or co-workers and plan a day of service for families with ALS. You can help with yard work, help with simple projects around the house, or get your team together and build a wheelchair ramp!
Help us in the office with mailings, data entry, filing and other administrative tasks. We have numerous ongoing and on-call projects available.
SPECIAL EVENT VOLUNTEERS
The St. Louis Regional Chapter holds several fundraising events throughout the year (see above!), including the Walks to Defeat ALS in June and the Swing for a Cure Golf Tournament and Dinner Auction in August.
CHAPTER BOARD AND COMMITTEES
Board and Committee volunteers serve an important role in the day to day long term direction of the organization.
Choose the way that’s most convenient for you to get involved in the fight against ALS – attend an event, volunteer, donate – whatever you decide, you’ll be helping people with ALS live life to the fullest while we search for treatments and a cure. Visit our website for more information!