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Arlington cyclist pumped up for ride to fight ALS

Joe Snodgrass

UPDATED, June 10: On Friday, Arlington's Joe Snodgrass plans to pedal for the 10th time to raise money to fight ALS, the debilitating ailment known as "Lou Gehrig's Disease."

Last year, the team with which he rides on the three-day Tri State Trek pulled in $86,719, the second highest amount raised among all participating groups.

What pushes him? "I first became aware of Lou Gehrig's disease when my grandfather was diagnosed in 1995," Snodgrass wrote recently. "He died in 1997.

"I want to see an effective treatment for ALS developed in my lifetime, and know that our Tri-State Trek family contributed to it.

"I come back every year because of the sense of shared understanding of what it is like to love someone who is living with ALS, but also the shared urgency and mission to do something about it today, and for the future."

The Trek has a local connection: It was first developed as a fund-raising ride for the ALS Therapy Development Institute by Mathew Mendel, living in Arlington at the time. The first, in 2003, and had 13 riders; it now has about 400.

For this year's event, cyclists are featuring names of PALS -- "persons with ALS" -- on their jerseys.

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Arlington EATS event raises $12,000, covers expanded summer lunch program

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"Art.Food.Community," a fund-raiser for Arlington EATS called "such a roaring success," drew more than 600 people attended the May 16 event, raising $12,000.

Group volunteer Susan Stewart reported the results May 20 and called the amount raised "astounding."

"Thank you to everyone," she wrote. The total raised "will more than cover our expanded summer lunch program, and we are so thankful for how many kids we are going to be able to feed during our second year of operation."

The event "would not have been possible without the passion, skill and dedication of ceramic artists Melody Thomas and Eileen de Rosas, and would not have happened without the grants given by the Arlington Education Foundation and the Arlington Cultural Council," she wrote.

Both are Thompson parents, ceramic artists and educators who were awarded grants for the project.

Four hundred children learned about the process of making clay pottery bowls tailored to their curriculum by grade level. Each student spent two sessions with de Rosas and Thomas making two ceramic bowls, one to keep and one to donate to Arlington EATS.

She praised the support of Thompson Principal Karen Donato, Vicki Rose, her assistant, and all the teachers at the event.

"We were amazed that the silent auction, featuring pieces by the teachers and artists, brought in over $2.000! The backdrop provided by beautiful student artwork and talented musicians added a wonderful atmosphere to the event," she added.

She called the food at the event "amazing, thanks to the brilliance of Thompson parents and owners of Something Savory Catering, Jodi Auerbach and Johnny Levins. They were able to turn rescued food donated from Food Link (the exact type of food that we give out every other week in Weekend Food Bags!) into a delicious meal for attendees."

Last, she thanks "all the Thompson students who gave one of their awesome bowls to EATS to be sold, and to all of you who contributed time, cakes, money and enthusiasm on Saturday.

"Thank you, Arlington, for your support of this program and care for the students of Arlington. We are grateful and look forward to providing lots of volunteer opportunities this summer as we start our summer lunch program."

May 3, 2015: Arlington EATS: Feeding students when school is out

This announcement was published Wednesday, May 20, 2015.

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