ALS benefit set


First Posted: 9/8/2014

OTTAWA — Local event organizers are hoping the awareness of Lou Gehrig’s disease raised by the recent ice bucket challenge will trickle down to a golf and walk in Ottawa to raise money for the disease.

“Playing Hardball for ALS,” hosted this Saturday at Pike Run Golf Course in Ottawa, combines golfing, walking and live and silent auctions to raise money for the disease.

Saturday will be the third annual event and this year, organizers are hoping to raise more than $25,000, surpassing last year’s total of $17,000, said Ryan Stechschulte, co-organizer of the benefit.

Twenty-nine teams of four golfers will participate in a scramble and an estimated 150 walkers will come out to raise money for those affected by the disease.

Lou Gehrig’s disease, also called amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, is a progressive disease that affects cells in the brain and the spinal cord, causing those affected to have weakness in muscle, legs, arms, speech, swallowing and breathing and eventually leads to death.

After the scramble and walk, which begin around 11 a.m., participants and community members can gather at the Buckeye Club in Miller City for silent and live auctions, Stechschulte said.

The money raised will go to the Phaals Foundation, a local organization that promotes awareness and raises money for scholarships and helps make the dreams of those with the disease happen.

Walkers can register the day of the event at 10:30 a.m. for $10 and the walk will follow the perimeter of the golf course. The slots for golfers are full, but the benefit, which will start around 1 p.m., is open to the public. Tickets to football games and vouchers for hotel stays will be up for auction at the benefit.