Beverly Hills, CA (PRWEB) October 27, 2014
Hundreds of business and civic leaders from Southern California helped “fill the tank” at this year’s race car themed Tradition of Hope gala by fundraising close to $ 1 million for Augie’s Quest to benefit ALS drug development taking place at the ALS Therapy Development Institute (ALS.net).
Held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel and sponsored by Allied Lube/Jiffy Lube, RD Olson Development, Pritzker Family Foundation, College Works, Douglas Allred Company, Traditional Jewelers, Shell, and Dine Equity, the Tradition of Hope Gala pulled out all the stops as guests began the night with a walk down a red carpet donned with models in pit crew attire, followed by an evening of dinner, live entertainment from the a cappella group Filharmonic (from NBC’s The Sing Off), dancing, auction, and award ceremony honoring philanthropic leaders.
Special honorees for the night included Richard Paek, CEO of Allied Lube, who was honored with the Founders Award for his dedication to Augie’s Quest, his continued support of his local community, and efforts in the fight against ALS. José Cofiño, founder of BeyondALS.org and a person living with ALS, was presented with the Courage Award.
In addition, Anthony Carbajal was invited as a special guest of the night. His ALS Ice Bucket Challenge video went viral after he shared his personal account with the disease, making him a recognizable face within the ALS community.
“The gala topped off an incredible year for ALS awareness and support for research,” says Augie Nieto, founder of Augie’s Quest. “I am grateful to all those who are committed to our mission to find a cure for ALS and for their continued support of Augie’s Quest.”
About Augie’s Quest
The purpose of Augie’s Quest has always been to fund research and drug development aimed at ending ALS, Lou Gehrig’s disease. Since 2007, Augie’s Quest has raised over $ 42 million in support of finding effective ALS treatments- making it the largest individual fundraising program for ALS!
All funds raised by Augie’s Quest benefit the ALS Therapy Development Institute ALS TDI, the world’s largest ALS-dedicated drug development organization. Support comes from a huge network of national events and promotions, including the BASH for Augie’s Quest, Tradition of Hope Gala and widely successful campaigns within the very generous fitness industry, such as the Clubs for the Quest, as well as a hugely innovative joint-fundraising initiative called the ClubCorp Charity Classic which benefits Augie’s Quest and other local charities chosen by that networks members directly. For more information, visit http://www.augiesquest.org.