The Jazzabelles, a group of female musicians with a big band Jazz style, will again delight walkers and supporters of the Angel Fund when they perform on the bandstand on Wakefield Common during the 11th annual Walk of Hope for ALS, on Saturday, September 8th. The walk begins with registration at 9 a.m. followed by the start of the walk at 11 a.m. The group will perform around noon as walkers begin to return from the 3.5-mile walk around Lake Quannapowitt.
The walk benefits The Angel Fund, an independent, nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) research at the Cecil B. Day Laboratory for Neuromuscular Research at UMass Medical Center in Worcester. ALS, more commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, is a progressive, always fatal neuromuscular disease which leads to muscle weakness and as it progresses, results in total paralysis and the inability to speak and swallow while the mind and senses remain intact.
Founded in 2006, the band’s repertoire covers a broad spectrum of genres while appealing to a cross-section of audiences and age groups, including ballads and big band favorites, Broadway tunes and Latin selections. With a highly diverse sound and following all along Eastern Massachusetts, the Jazzabelles have performed at popular venues like the Ritz Carleton Hotel and The Lofts at Westinghouse, as well as at various private functions, nightclubs and summer concerts throughout the state.
In addition to the musical entertainment provided by the Jazzabelles, the walk includes children’s activities and refreshments for all walkers.
Walkers of all abilities are encouraged to participate in the Walk of Hope for ALS as individuals or as a team. To register as a walker or to register a team, log-on to The Angel Fund website at www.theangelfund.org or call the organization at 781-245-7070.
Donations to the Angel Fund can also be made online, or can be sent to The Angel Fund, 649 Main Street, Wakefield, MA 01880. All donations should be made payable to The Angel Fund. To assist its walkers, The Angel Fund has joined FirstGiving.com which enables them to create their own webpage to raise money online. Registered walkers can create their page at www.firstgiving.com/angelfund.
Several local businesses have already pledged their support as sponsors of the Walk, including Major Sponsors the Law Office of Nigro, Pettepit and Lucas, June’s Joggers and The J Group benefiting ALS research.
Information about sponsorship opportunities can also be obtained on the website, www.theangelfund.org, or by calling 781-245-7070.
The Angel Fund conducts other fund raising events throughout the year which, along with individual and corporate donations, have been beneficial in helping make significant strides in ALS research. For a list of upcoming events, including The Angel Fund Annual Gala on Saturday, October 13th, visit The Angel Fund website, www.theangelfund.org.