Bingo games to benefit ALS Association

By June 6, 2011

The Davis Odd Fellows will host their bingo fundraiser Sunday to benefit the Greater Sacramento Chapter of the ALS Association.

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, is a fatal, progressive neuromuscular disease that attacks the nerve cells and pathways in the brain and spinal cord. The ALS Association serves patients in 24 counties in Northern and Central California. The group’s mission is to improve the quality of life for ALS patients, families and caregivers; to promote community awareness and education about ALS; and to support efforts to find a cure.

Patient services offered include a loan program for durable medical equipment and communication devices, Greater Sacramento ALS Clinic Days in San Francisco, monthly support meetings, the Respite Care Program, and a resource library that includes books, pamphlets and videos about ALS.

“We invite the whole community to join us for a fun day of bingo to help raise money to support this wonderful organization,” event organizers said.

Doors will open at noon at the Odd Fellows Hall, 415 Second St. in downtown Davis, and games will begin at 1 p.m. Bingo packets start at $12 and players have the opportunity to win up to $250 in cash prizes.

“My passion for this organization is to help ensure that patients and their families receive the best support and resources possible while they go through the ALS journey,” said ALS board member Cherie Felsch, who started with the chapter in 1999 after her father was diagnosed with the disease. “The funds raised from bingo will help the chapter with maintaining and growing support group meetings, ALS clinic days, respite care reimbursement program, durable medical equipment loan closet, etc.”

The ALS Association is seeking volunteers — opportunities include assisting in event planning, serving on the Patient Caller Committee (some knowledge of ALS is helpful), equipment transportation and advocacy efforts. For more information, call the group’s office at (916) 979-9265 or visit www.alssac.org.

For more information about the Odd Fellows charity bingo program, visit www.DavisBingo.com.

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