Supporters of the ALS Association Western Pennsylvania Chapter gathered at Beerhead Bar Pittsburgh on November 10th for their annual Brewski party.  The event served as the official kick off to their annual Ski to Defeat ALS fundraising event that will be held at Seven Springs Mountain Resort on Sunday, February 12, 2017.

Guests enjoyed a seasonal beer flight and two additional beers of their choosing from Beerhead’s selection that boasts more than five hundred bottles and fifty unique draft choices.  The two hour event also featured food from local restaurants such as Six Penn Kitchen, Bravo Cucina Italiana, and Clark Bar & Grill.

This marks the third year for the Ski to Defeat ALS event, which is bringing new “heights” to the Chapter’s efforts to advance the fight to find a cure for ALS and put an end to the devastating disease.  The event, presented by Allegheny Health Network, welcomes skiers, snowboarders, snow tubers and spectators alike for a fun filled day hitting the slopes at one of the nationally-recognized terrain parks and pipe on the East Coast.  Guests will join people living with ALS who will be skiing with the assistance of Three Rivers Adaptive Sports (TRAS).

Check in for the Ski to Defeat ALS event on February 12th will be at the Foggy Goggle from 8-10 am but participants are encouraged to purchase tickets ahead of time at cure4als.org.  Seven Springs season pass holders will be charged $45 upon registration and non-season pass holders will be charged $100 which includes the day’s lift ticket.  This year will also include a two hour snow tubing session for $75.   Registration fees include a complimentary breakfast, $20.00 Seven Springs Gift Card, and a Ski to Defeat ALS gift.  Participants 12 and older are asked to raise a minimum of $150 to help support local ALS patient care.  Patients and their caregivers are invited to ski for free.

“Ski to Defeat ALS is one of the most empowering fundraising events that I have ever been associated with,” said Chris Bluemle, ALS Western Pennsylvania Board Vice President.  “It is a truly unique opportunity to help raise much needed funds and awareness, and at the same time participants do it side by side with our PALS as they ski down the mountain working with the amazing volunteers from Three Rivers Adaptive Sports.  Whether you are a skier, a snowboarder, or you are fine just snow tubing or relaxing by the fire place – we would love for you to join us at Seven Springs on Sunday, February 12th.”

The Western Pennsylvania Chapter supports people living with ALS and their loved ones through free services and programs in 31 central and western Pennsylvania counties.  These services provide information, referrals, education and equipment to improve the quality of life for those that seek help.   The ALS Association Western PA Chapter also financially supports the ALS Association Certified Centers of Excellence which is a nationwide program of the ALS Association and provides state-of-the-art, multi-disciplinary ALS care and services in a supportive atmosphere with an emphasis on hope and quality of life.

Learn more about how you can register to hit the slopes, be a virtual participant or donate to an individual or team today!