The ALS Society of Manitoba plans to raise money and satisfy tastebuds with its latest fundraiser, the Great Dining Experience.
The organization is raffling off four prizes of several gift certificates to different restaurants in the city. People can purchase raffle tickets up until Feb. 7, which is when the ALS Society will pick the winners at the Bud, Spud, and Steak event at Cowboys Roadhouse at Canad Inns Windsor Park (1034 Elizabeth Rd.). Those interested can attend the Bud, Spud, and Steak fundraiser for $20.
Raffle tickets themselves are $5 each.
Leila Dance, events and fundraising co-ordinator for the ALS Society, said tickets can be purchased at the main office (493 Madison Ave.), as well as at St. Vital Shopping Centre (1225 St. Mary’s Rd.) on Jan. 16, 17, and 18, and at Garden City Shopping Centre (2305 McPhillips St.) on Jan. 30 and 31.
"We printed off 4,000 tickets, and tickets are $5 a pop, so (raising) $20,000 would be ideal," Dance said.
WOW! Hospitality provided the first prize, valued at $650, which consists of a $200 gift card for 529 Wellington, $150 gift card to Terrace in the Park, $150 gift card to Peasant Cookery, $75 gift card to Los Chicos Restaurante Y Cantina, and $75 gift card to Muddy Waters. Second prize, valued at $450, consists of gift certificates to The Current, Lobby on York, and Prairie 360. Third prize, valued at $250, consists of gift certificates to Rae & Jerry’s Steakhouse and Moxies Grill & Bar. Lastly, fourth prize, valued at $75, is a gift card to The Round Table.
Dance said money raised from the raffle tickets as well as the fundraiser at Canad Inns Windsor Park will go towards equipment for people living with ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis or Lou Gehrig’s disease), a "rapidly progressive, invariably fatal neurological disease that attacks the nerve cells (neurons) responsible for controlling voluntary muscles," according to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke’s website.
Examples of equipment needed include wheelchairs, lifts, and a device called a bladder scanner.
"It’ll be a mobile device that our nurses can take out to people to find out if people are producing enough urine," Dance explained. "Is there a block, for instance? It’ll just help with diagnosing problems and eliminating issues and trying to find out what’s wrong with certain patients."
The Great Dining Experience fundraiser started in 2008 and ran until 2011, due to the job position of events co-ordinator becoming vacant. Since Dance has taken over, she is bringing the event back.
"It’s so different," Dance said about the charity. "This was a different take on (a fundraiser) and it’s something we could all enjoy."
For more information about the Great Dining Experience, visit alsmb.ca or call 204-831-1510.