Seventy years ago this June, baseball legend L amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) – just 17 days shy of his 38th birthday and only two years after his diagnosis was confirmed.
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Researchers are continuing to try to understand what has come to be known as “Lou Gehrig’s disease.” Currently as many as 35,000 Americans are affected, and an average of 15 people every day are diagnosed with ALS – more than 5,000 people per year – according to the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Unfortunately, the average life expectancy following diagnosis typically is two to five years.
A cure for ALS will require a great deal of support from the private sector to help fund ongoing and new ALS research.
Since it began in 2001, Tucson’s annual Jim Himelic Memorial Golf Classic has raised more than $690,000 to benefit ALS research at the University of Arizona College of Medicine in Tucson. Non-golfers can enjoy dinner, auctions and dancing.
This year’s event will be held Friday, April 8, at the Omni National Golf Resort and Spa, 2727 W. Club Drive, Tucson.
The day’s schedule includes:
11 a.m. – Registration begins.
12:30 p.m. – Shotgun start.
6-7:30 p.m. – Silent auction.
7 p.m. – Fashion Show, featuring clothes by Banana Republic, models from LUX modeling, and hair and makeup by J. Scordato Salon.
7:30-11 p.m. – Dinner, live auction and dancing to music by George Howard and the Roadhouse Hounds. Master of Ceremonies: Elliot Glicksman.
Organizers once again are asking the Southern Arizona community to participate in this fun-filled daylong event to support vital scientific research with the goal of improving our understanding of ALS and developing effective treatments that ultimately will lead to a cure. All proceeds directly benefit UA ALS research.
The event is named in honor of Jim Himelic, a friend of the Tucson community and much-respected juvenile court judge who died from ALS in February 2000. The Jim Himelic Foundation (JHF) was created by his family, friends and colleagues in 2000 to fund local ALS research.
The foundation’s goal is to raise $1 million in “seed money” – money that will allow UA researchers to conduct the preliminary research necessary for obtaining larger government and private grants to further their studies of ALS.
The public’s help continues to be needed. JHF believes that ALS can be cured through focused, dedicated neurological research within the next quarter century. Supporting this local effort to eradicate ALS can make an immediate difference.
Fees for the 2011 Jim Himelic Memorial Golf Classic are as follows:
Golf/dinner/auction/dancing: $175 per person, $700 per foursome (golf and dinner fees do not qualify as a tax-deductible donation). Format will be four-person scramble (form your own foursome or JHF will pair you). Limited to 144 players.
Dinner/auctions/dancing only: $60 per person (dinner fees do not qualify as a tax-deductible donation)
Premier: $1,000 ($180 qualifies as tax-deductible donation)
Driving range: $500 (fully tax-deductible)
Mulligan: $500 (fully tax-deductible)
Practice green: $500 (fully tax-deductible)
Tee sign: $300 (fully tax-deductible)