New Jersey Families Join Together to Battle ALS

The ALS Therapy Development Institute (ALS TDI) is holding its 7th annual golf tournament on Monday, June 21, 2010 at Stanton Ridge Golf and Country Club in Whitehouse Station. All proceeds from the event will support ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease) research in the hopes of finding an effective tournament treatment for the disease.

In addition to a round of golf at one of the region's premier courses, Stanton Ridge, guests will be eligible to win a trip to participate in the Lexus Champions for Charity National Finals this December, which includes three rounds of golf at Pebble Beach, all meals, and round trip airfare via Jet Blue. "We are thrilled at the outpouring of support we have had from the community for this event," said Michael Trostel, Golf Program Manager at ALS TDI. "Every dollar raised through events like this bring us one step closer to finding an effective treatment for the disease."

The event has raised over $300,000 since its inception. The organizing committee consists of several local families touched by ALS, such as Stanton Ridge member Mark Barretti, who lost his brother. Philip Barretti Jr., in 2005, leaving behind a wife and six children. Beverly Rivkees, of New Providence, lost her father, Harry, to the disease as well. "His one wish is that he wanted to continue living," said Rivkees. "I'm trying to keep his legacy alive and help other walk through the journey."

A reception with entertainment and auction will follow the golf tournament. For information on how to register for the event, be a sponsor, or donate to ALS TDI, contact Michael Trostel at 617-441-7218 or  

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