AU SABLE FORKS - Family and friends of one Au Sable Forks native are hoping to help him strike out a debilitating disease.
Jeff Brown is an alumnus of AuSable Valley Central School where he was known as an outstanding three-sport athlete, having lettered in football, basketball and baseball. He was also a talented musician, having played drums in the AVCS Jazz Band.
Son of Joan and Orville "Snooky" Brown, he now resides in New Jersey with his wife, Janet, and children Alyssa, Maya, and Evan, but his hometown is still rushing to his aid.
Brown was recently diagnosed with ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease, a degenerative neurological disease that interferes with walking, speaking, and other activities of daily life.
The disease has no known cure and is often terminal, but adaptive devices are available to help ALS patients remain as independent as possible in their daily activities, but the cost of such equipment is high.
Family and friends are rallying together to host a fundraiser Saturday, Feb. 20 at American Legion Post 504 in Au Sable Forks beginning at 2 p.m. The money raised will help Brown and his family defray the cost of a handicap van and elevator or chair lift for their home.
In reference to Brown's musical prowess on the drums, following in the footsteps of his father, Snooky, the event will be a concert entitled "Bands Rock 4 Brown" and will feature several local bands. Entertainers include Nite Train, Stone Man Blues Band, Flash Back, Speedy Arnold, Susan Richards and many more.
A light show will be presented by Derwin Crawford and the sound system will be provided by Jim Cushman Studios of Lake Placid and operated by sound engineer Craig Walton of Au Sable Forks.
Refreshments will be available for sale at the concert, including Art and Ida's Famous "Village Inn" Michigans. Take outs are available, even for those without tickets. Call 817-9747 beginning 2 p.m. Feb. 20.
Cover charge for the event will be $20, which includes two michigans, chips, dessert and a full day of entertainment. There will also be a silent auction that features overnight stays at various resorts, a 50-50 raffle.
Those who cannot attend but still wish to donate may send cash or check payable to Jeff Brown to Randy Douglas, 31 Aspen Lane, Jay, NY 12941.
Tickets are limited for this event due to seating capacity at the American Legion Post 504 and purchasing tickets prior to the event is highly recommended.
Tickets can be purchased at the following locations or by contacting the following persons: Riverside Bowling Lanes, American Legion Post 504, Bobby Douglas (647-8106), Caroline Douglas (647-5252), and Peggy McCallister (647-8637). Tickets can also be purchased at Arnold's Grocery in Keeseville or by calling Kim Barber at 834-1537.
All funds raised on February 20th, 2010 will go directly to Jeff Brown. This fundraiser is not associated with the ALS Adirondack Association, but we would like to announce that their ALS fundraiser will be held on May 22, at 20 Main Tavern.