A great man once said, “Finding ways to make life meaningful and purposeful and rewarding, doing the activities that you love and spending time with the people that you love – I think that’s the meaning of this human experience.”
Following the words of former New Orleans Saints player Steve Gleason, ACDI rallied around our community with a purpose by hosting a fundraising event for the ALS Association of Arkansas on Saturday, August 11, 2018. The very first ACDI Block Party at the Benton Farmer’s Market was an amazing opportunity to support families affected with ALS and raise awareness for patients in Arkansas.
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, is a fatal condition that 15 new people are diagnosed with every day. ALS takes away a person’s ability to walk, speak, swallow, eat and eventually breathe. According to ALSA.org, more than 20,000 Americans live with the disease at any given time. Half of all people affected with ALS live at least three or more years after diagnosis with medical care, equipment, and home health caregiving costs significantly increasing as the disease progresses.
To help support costs for families in Arkansas affected by ALS, we had to put some FUN in fundraising. Children and families cooled off under the pavilion while enjoying the atmosphere with games, face painting, food trucks, a bounce house, and the smash-hit Nerf War inflatable. Cover band Mac Squared and employees from ACDI entertained the crowd with live music during a Silent Auction hosted by Jennifer Necessary and the ALS Association of Arkansas. At the end of the event, one lucky volunteer participated in the Ice Bucket Challenge to promote ALS awareness.
“For me, it was very humbling to see how a community will come out and make an event shine,” said Becca Hudson, Administrative Assistant at ACDI. “I was truly thankful for everyone who helped with the event and everyone who came out to support this cause. I am blessed that our company will stand behind a great cause and help support so many.”
“ACDI felt overwhelming joy to see all of the smiles and community support that rallied around anyone fighting this illness,” remarked Stephanie Goodwin, People & Culture Manager at ACDI. “We pray that any dollar amount or even the prayers associated with this event will ease the pain and help to find a cure to ALS.”
With the Benton community, we were able to give back over $5,000 for ALS! Thank you to all who attended this year’s Block Party and we hope to see you again next year!
A special thanks to our sponsors and vendors:
Twigs Flower Shop
Salty Harbor Mini Golf & Fun Park
Hurricane Golf & Country Club
Blush Boutique of Benton
Eat My Catfish
Western Sizzlin Benton
Shear Impressions Salon
Above & Beyond Hair Studio
Cinemark Tinseltown USA
Chick-fil-A Reynolds Road
McClain & Co.
Smith Family BBQ
Georgia Dreamz Kitchen
Little Caesars Pizza
The Skin Retreat
Samme Wallace – Avon Representative