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On Thursday, June 5, 2014, The ALS Association Golden West Chapter will host an unforgettable evening celebrating progress, promise, and passion.  

A Night at The Esseys: An Evening Dedicated to Conquering ALSwill take place at the famed Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel’s Blossom Room, home to the first Academy Awards. This magical evening will celebrate the glamour of Hollywood’s Golden Age with a live orchestra, red carpet arrivals, cocktail reception, special musical and celebrity guests, a live and silent auction, gourmet dinner and dessert. 

The Essey Awards are the Golden West Chapter’s highest honor, named for one of the Greater Bay Area Chapter’s founders, Richard Essey. These awards are presented annually to esteemed members of the ALS community for their outstanding efforts in research, philanthropy and public awareness.  Our 2014 Essey Award honorees include the following dedicated members of the ALS community:

Commitment to A Cure Award
Frank Bennett, PhD, ISIS Pharmaceuticals
Don W. Cleveland, PhD, UCSD
Richard A. Smith, MD, Center for Neurologic Study

Legacy Award
Gary Cooper, Academy Award-Winning Actor(1901-1961)

Spotlight Award
Scott and Annabel Lew, ALS Advocates
Mark Amin, Founder and CEO, Sobini Films

The Golden West Chapter currently serves 1200 people living with ALS and their families in 31 counties in California and the state of Hawaii. Proceeds from the gala will provide critical funding for The ALS Association Golden West Chapter’s mission in the areas of care services, public policy, and cutting edge ALS research –bringing us closer to our vision – to create a world without ALS.

We invite you to join us on Thursday, June 5th and please consider supporting the event with a sponsorship and/or tribute purchase.  Your generous support is greatly appreciated. Please feel free to reach out to Giovanna D’Angelo, Director of Special Events with any questions at (818) 865-8067 x 229.

Thank you in advance for your leadership and support.  I look forward to seeing you at “A Night at the Esseys” Gala.


Fred Fisher

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Fred Fisher. MSW, LCSW
President & CEO
The ALS Association Golden West Chapter








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