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By DAVE TAYLOR
The Trimble Banner
“Bob’s Bunch Battling ALS” will hold a fundraiser for ALS research at the Morgan Community Center in Bedford on Saturday, April 14, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The event was originally scheduled for March 3 but the tornado that struck the Milton Fire Station No. 2 on the day before forced the cancellation of that event.
Saturday’s event is being held to bring continued awareness to the local region about Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, commonly known as “Lou Gehrig’s disease.”
“Bob’s Bunch” was organized last year by Bedford resident Diane McKinney, whose husband, Bob, was diagnosed with the disease in 2009.
McKinney said a number of “Bob’s Bunch” volunteers and several Milton firefighters managed to salvage some items that were delivered to the Milton Fire Station No. 2 for a yard sale and auction that had been planned for the March 3 event.
“We were able to save about a quarter of the auction items,” she said. “We did lose some pretty nice items, though. All of the yard sale things are pretty much okay. The paintings donated by local artists were okay. There were a lot of NASCAR collectibles and the ones that we did manage to save the boxes were damaged so they don’t have any value now. The gift cards that had been donated were saved. Some were a little worse for the wear but we still have them.”
“We’ll go ahead and have the auction, draw for the raffle and have the yard sale and a meal,” McKinney said.
Ticket sales for the raffle had been halted following the tornado but will resume on Saturday prior to the auction.
“Bob’s Bunch” plans to participate for the second straight year in the Louisville Walk to Defeat ALS, set for Saturday, May 12, at the Papa John’s Corporate Campus in Louisville.