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Three days before Christmas 2009, Turner Corbett’s family got the devastating news that his mom, Jennifer, had been diagnosed with ALS. Turner was just 12 years old.
Wanting to make the most of a difficult situation, in 2015, Turner created a benefit event that would raise money for ALS research. After running through some ideas with his friend Alex Doswell, they decided a dodgeball tournament would be the most fun and family friendly.
In April, golf enthusiasts gathered for an afternoon round in support of the fight against ALS. More than 130 golfers participated in the 3rd Annual Under Ballou Skies Golf Classic followed by a dinner reception and silent auction.
The golf classic began in 2015 after an ALS Texas board meeting in which members were asked what they enjoyed doing that could become a fundraiser. Board member Bob Ballou thought to himself that he enjoyed golf and that he likes to get his friends together to play. Thus, the tournament began. When Bob saw that no income was budgeted for the first tournament in 2015, and he threw down a dollar and said “Look, we’ve already beat the budget!” He was determined to start the tournament off right, raising significant funds for the fight against ALS. That year, the tournament raised $15,000.
On Monday, March 27, shooting enthusiasts gathered for an afternoon clay shoot in support of the fight against ALS. More than 100 shooters participated in the 2nd Annual Sporting Clay Shoot, followed by cocktails, dinner, and awards at the Greater Houston Gun Club.
The first Sporting Clay Shoot was held in 2016. ALS Texas board member and Phi Delta Theta alumnus WL Gray recommended a clay shoot when the Texas Chapter was looking to create a new fundraising event. WL has been a member of the Greater Houston Gun Club since 2005, and having shot in a number of charity events before, he began considering a clay shoot event for ALS.
For 361 days of the year, Terlingua, Texas is a ghost town. For the other four days, people pour in from across the world for the Original Terlingua International Championship Chili Cookoff. For the past 50 years, Terlingua has been the home of the world’s largest and most competitive chili cookoff.
What began in 1967 as a gimmick to promote Dallas Morning News journalist Frank X. Tolbert’s book A Bowl of Red has developed into an annual tradition, attracting chili cooks from across the world. The winner of the very first championship cookoff, Wick Fowler, was diagnosed with and passed away from ALS, and over 30 years after its start, the cookoff became a party with a purpose.
Here’s a quick and easy way you can make a big difference and help ALS patients throughout the state of Texas: Through the Chevron Houston Marathon “Run for a Reason” program, people can vote online for their favorite Texas charity. Whichever organization receives the most votes between now and the marathon will win $51,000.
By simply voting for the ALS Association Texas Chapter, you could help us earn $51,000!
Sha Groves lost her husband Greg to ALS in 2014, but continues to be involved with ALS Texas to help those currently battling this disease. Read her story about their journey with ALS and how Buffalo Wild Wings stepped in to help.
Robert Gregory Groves, better known as “Greg,” was a lovely man. From our first introduction, he seemed very quiet. He loved to observe and was quite the jokester. He started his career at Buffalo Wild Wings in November 2005 as an Assistant General Manager in Rosenberg, Texas. He worked his way up to General Manager and then was eventually promoted to Regional Manager. The company was under huge growth at the time, and he knew he had found his home. He was responsible for opening up several locations in Houston and the surrounding area.
Bonnie Walsh has served the ALS Association of Texas in different roles since March 2003. She currently serves as the Regional Development Manager for the Southwest Region of the state, managing two Walks to Defeat ALS and Battle ALS with Flowers, as well as other development activities. Read her story about her time with the Chapter and how it’s affected her life – both professionally and personally.
David Cabe was diagnosed with ALS in 2015 and is an active participant in the Austin Walk to Defeat ALS as part of his team, Cabe’d Crusaders. Read about what participating in the Walk means for him and his battle with ALS.
As many of you know, I have ALS. This is a devastating disease. By the time I was diagnosed, it had already robbed me of the ability to walk unaided and was relentlessly taking away the ability to use my hands, swallow, speak, and breathe. But just knowing where to turn after my diagnosis was almost as daunting and overwhelming as the disease itself.
Whitney Sadler has organized Max’s Ride for ALS – a motorcycle ride through Texas Hill Country – for the past 10 years in memory of her friend Max. Read their story of friendship throughout Max’s fight with ALS and how Whitney carries on his legacy.
Max R. Harrison served in the Army and was part of the deployment in Desert Storm. He was an honorable, strong, loyal, blued-eyed guy with an incredible sense of humor. His mission began when he found out that he had ALS at just 32. His goal from the first day of diagnosis was to raise awareness of ALS and funding for research and patient services too.