Group sets slate of ben­e­fits

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - OUR TOWN -

Cards, cars, golf, a walk and a gala await ALS As­so­ci­a­tion Arkansas chap­ter sup­port­ers in fundrais­ers set for this month and Septem­ber.

Amy­otrophic lat­eral sclero­sis (ALS), also known as “Lou Gerhrig’s dis­ease,” is a pro­gres­sive neu­rode­gen­er­a­tive dis­ease that af­fects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. Some 115 Arkansans are af­fected by ALS, ac­cord­ing to Jen­nifer Nec­es­sary, chap­ter ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor.

The “Texas Hold’em Char­ity Poker Tour­na­ment” kicks things off Aug. 14 at Ruth’s Chris Steak House in Rogers.

The in­au­gu­ral “Legacy Gala” on Aug. 18 at Record in Ben­tonville will fea­ture heavy hors d’oeu­vres, fresh sushi, live mu­sic and live and silent auc­tions.

The gala is rooted in a prom­ise to the late Brian Gra­ham, who died last year of ALS at the age of 47. Gra­ham asked Nec­es­sary and

the or­ga­ni­za­tion to carry on his legacy, pro­vid­ing as­sis­tance for ALS pa­tients and their fam­i­lies. “ALS is de­bil­i­tat­ing fi­nan­cially, as well as phys­i­cally,” Nec­es­sary said. The non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tion also sup­ports re­search.

Brandy and John Furner are hon­orary hosts of the “ca­sual, chic, white at­tire” ben­e­fit.

The ALS As­so­ci­a­tion’s in­au­gu­ral golf tour­na­ment in North­west Arkansas is set for Aug. 25 at Lost Springs Golf Course in Rogers. A four-per­son scram­ble, the tourna-

ment will in­clude prizes for the top teams. “North­west Arkansas Walk to De­feat ALS” will take place the fol­low­ing day at Comp­ton Gar­dens and Con­fer­ence Cen­ter in Ben­tonville.

The 16th an­nual “Brits in the Ozarks” car and cy­cle show

Sept. 15-16 will of­fer Bri­tish car en­thu­si­asts the op­por­tu­nity to see more than 125 ve­hi­cles from man­u­fac­tur­ers such as Jaguar, As­ton Martin, Bent­ley and Rolls Royce.

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The ALS As­so­ci­a­tion Arkansas chap­ter “Legacy Gala” on Aug. 18 will honor the legacy of the late Brian Gra­ham (cen­ter, seated). A host of other events in the com­ing weeks will ben­e­fit the non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tion.

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