Inside the Stag R Inn, the rest of the activities planned for the
day went on as planned including a silent auction, raffle, 50/50
drawing, meal and music by the Double Shot Duo.
The place was abuzz with people purchasing raffle tickets to place
in containers for a raffle drawing for donated items such as beauty
products, sweets, wine, drink ware, wooden signs, crocheted items
and a quilt.
Others placed bids on one of the several silent auction items
generously donated by individuals and businesses from the area.
Among the items up for bidding were several tickets to St. Louis
Cardinals, Chicago Cubs, Chicago Bears or Illini games.
By the early afternoon, Betty Jo Lessen, one of the
eventís organizers, said they had already made $4,555 on raffle and
auction and $600 in donations for the meal. This amount will be
added to the over $150,000 made for the last seven years of the ALS
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This year was the final year for this event. Lori Lessen, another one the
eventís organizers, said the money has been donated to ALS Worldwide and the Les
Turner Foundation, who have been leaders in the fight to create awareness and
find a cure for ALS, a deadly disease that Lori said 5,600 people in the United
States are diagnosed with every year.
The Emden community has been greatly affected by the disease as over the past
seven years of the ALS Awareness 5K, six individuals with ties to the community
lost their lives to this terrible disease.
Even with the race being cancelled, the rain did not seem to dampen peopleís
spirits as so many from the small community came out to lend their support.
Longtime Emden resident Lulabelle Barry has participated every year because she
likes to help raise support for such a good cause.
Emden resident Blanche Coers said this year was the first time she was able to
attend, and she was happy to be able to give to a worthy cause.
With such wonderful support, there is hope researchers can someday find a cure
for this devastating disease that has affected so many people locally and