OUR MISSION: Leading the fight to treat and cure ALS through global research and nationwide advocacy while also empowering people with Lou Gehrig's Disease and their families to live fuller lives by providing them with compassionate care and support.
Often referred to as Lou Gehrig's Disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a progressive, fatal neuromuscular disease that slowly robs the body of its ability to walk, speak, swallow and breathe. The life expectancy of an ALS patient averages 2 to 5 years from the time of diagnosis. ALS occurs throughout the world with no racial, ethnic, or socioeconomic boundaries. Presently there is no known cause of the disease yet it still costs loved ones an average of $200,000 a year to provide the care ALS patients need. Every year, hundreds of thousands of people across the country bring their determination, energy, and passion to the Walk to Defeat ALS« . This is an opportunity to bring hope to people with ALS, to raise money for a cure, and to join together to fight for something we care about. Since 2000, the events have raised over $159 million toward our vision - a world without ALS. The Walk to Defeat ALS« funds vital care services for families living with ALS, cutting edge research, and public policy initiatives.
Host/MC James P Connolly SIRIUS/XM SATELLITE RADIO, COMEDY CENTRAL, HBO, VH1,
James P. Connolly is a stand up comedian and radio/TV host known for his playful, confident style and unique sense of humor.
In addition to having appeared on Comedy Central and HBO, James hosted VH1´s "Movie Obsessions" and more recently "Live From Here" on XM Radio for National Lampoon. He is recognized across the country as one of the most played comedians on the Sirius XM Comedy Channels and is a frequent guest on the nationally syndicated Bob and Tom Radio Show. James has also made multiple trips overseas to entertain the troops.
His latest CD "The Master Plan" debuted to rave reviews on XM Radio´s Comedy Concert Series and has been called "captivating" and "laced with intelligent humor, edgy opinions" and "leaves them (the crowd) hanging on his every word!"
James also wants you to know you he has a very manly voice. WEBSITE | BOOK
Comedian Natasha Leggero LAST COMIC STANDING JUDGE, RENO 911, TONIGHT SHOW JAY LENO, LATE SHOW CRAIG FERGUSON, PREMIUM BLEND
Natasha has performed stand-up all over the country including appearances on "The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson," Comedy Central's "Premium Blend, and three appearances on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno." BOOK
Comedian Mindy Rickles DEALIN' WITH IDIOTS, IFC, IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT, DREAM ON, DADDY DEAREST, SOLAR CRISIS
Comedian Tony Baker NEW MEXICO STATE, BOSTON COM FEST., NBC DIVERSITY TOUR 2011, NACA NATIONAL SHOWCASE,
Tony Baker's comedic skills flourished while attending New Mexico State University his creative ideas were brought to the forefront while writing and directing films with his colleagues just for the love of it. His comedic skills developed while hosting pageants, talent shows, and fund-raising events on the NMSU campus. His love for theater developed when he made his stage debut in the University production of "Of Mice & Men" in which he received his first acting award. After bringing his acting talents to the stage he knew that it was time to make the dream a reality and uprooted his family to California to pursue a career in acting and stand up comedy. WEBSITE | | MYSPACE |
Comedian David Raibon COMEDY CENTRAL (SOB) (PB), HBO DEF COMEDY JAM, MARTIN LAWRENCE 1ST AMEN , TVONE WAY BLACK WHEN, FX'S THE SHIELD
After turning in his badge and gun, the pursuit of acting and comedy led him to Hollywood and into one of the smallest "partments in north america". A stand in on The Hughley's, opener, writer, actor and host! From Houston, David Raibon! WEBSITE | | BOOK
Jill-Michele Melean AKA "Jilly" is the first and only Latina Cast Member of FOX´s "MadTV". You've seen her on Comedy Central's "Reno 911" playing George Lopez´s girlfriend and doing commentary on "E!", "VH1" and "TVguide." She´s not a mom in real life but plays one on TV on Nickelodeon´s hit TV show "Big Time Rush." Jilly is also a national touring stand-up comedienne and has seen on SHOWTIME´s stand-up special "Hot Tamales." www.jillyonline.com WEBSITE | | MYSPACE |
Comedian Drew Lynch OPENER FOR BO BURNHAM, IMPROV, FLAPPERS COMEDY CLUB
An opener for Bo Burnham, Drew Lynch was an eager young actor and a classic "chatterbox", notorious for talking a mile a minute. Born in Indiana and raised in Las Vegas, he graduated from the Las Vegas Academy of Performing Arts with aspirations of becoming a fully articulate film actor. Then something unimaginable happened; at only age 20, during a company softball game, Drew got hit in the throat with the ball causing his vocal chord to paralyze, turning his chattering into stuttering. This life changing injury sparked a passion for writing and performing Stand up Comedy, bringing to life the social hardships of dealing with a newly-found speech impediment. Inspired by the comedy of Louis C.K., Dave Chappell, and the up and coming Samuel J. Comroe, Drew is on a mission to make you laugh. WEBSITE | | BOOK
Comedian Karen Rontowski´s upbeat, optimistic and clean sense of humor has earned her headlining spots all over the world. She has been seen on the Late Show with David Letterman and also opened for such show biz legends as Bob Hope, Ray Charles and the Monkees. Often described as a "New Age Hippie" Rontowski says "there is no time like the present to be living in the past." WEBSITE | | BOOK
Comedian Lou Santini WON DETROIT COMEDY FEST, OPENED FOR BOB SAGET, OPENED FOR PAUL REISER, REELZ CHANNEL, TV GUIDE ,
He's the weekly man on the street and studio commentator for "The Countdown" on REELZ TV, and has made appearances on "Playboy TV", "Frank TV", and "TV Guide Network". He won the 2011 Detroit Comedy Festival and has opened for Bob Saget and Paul Reiser. His second full-length comedy album, "Let's Get Bloated" is available on iTunes and Amazon.com. Get more Lou Santini at lousantini.com! WEBSITE | | BOOK