‘Rockin For A Cure’ will benefit ALS research, honor former Madison Scout

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, is an insidious disease that strikes people down, often in the prime of their life.

‘Rockin For A Cure’ is the dream of Steve Weekes, who came up with the idea while in the waiting room of an ALS clinic with his brother, John, and his sister, Monica. Shortly after his diagnosis in August 1999, he began work on the ALS benefit and enlisted the help of long-time friends from the Madison Scouts.

This year marks the sixth year of this important ALS benefit, which will be held on April 29.
This time the benefit will be especially important for those who experienced the passing of Steve Weekes on January 14, 2005, when ALS finally took his life. His friends continue to honor Steve’s commitment to raise research funds to find a cure for ALS.

Steve was a model citizen who came to Madison in 1980 to march in the Madison Scouts, and who, after marching, continued a career in music instruction and performance. He was also a highly-skilled machinist. Above all, he was a dedicated father.

Please help us honor Steve’s commitment to this important ALS benefit. All proceeds go to the ALS Therapy Development Foundation and the event is open to the public.

The 2006 benefit will prove to be the biggest one so far. With the R&B dance music of the Soul Brothers, a performance by the Chicago Royal Airs Brass Ensemble, and a performance by the 100
brass line of the Madison Scouts Alumni Reunion Corps, get ready for a night of musical entertainment.

Also, hear the singing of May You Never Walk Alone by this year’s Madison Scouts, who will be joined by over 200 Madison Scouts Alumni.

How wonderful it is to not only bring together former members and supporters of the Madison Scouts, but to also raise money for such a worthwhile organization. All proceeds go to the ALS Therapy Development Foundation.

The benefit will be held at the Coliseum Bar banquet room, 232 Olin Avenue in Madison, WI.
Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at the door on April 29. For more information, call Pete at 608-251-2434, or visit the event Web site at www.rockinforacure.org.

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