Community gathers to raise funds for ALS: A Race Worth Winning

Amazing people are all around us. If we take the time to look we will see them.

Friday, December 6, 2013 I ventured out into the cold to attend Revive Salon & Spa and Mainstream Boutique’s Second Annual Fundraiser and Fashion Show for A Race Worth Winning (araceworthwinning.com). While the 2012 event featured twelve vendors at Revive Salon & Spa, this year 28 vendors shared their crafts, products and services in a conference room at Grandstay Suites in Apple Valley, Minn. The hope was to raise awareness about and funds for Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). To my surprise many of the 28 vendors who participated in the event were in some way directly connected to ALS.

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Marci Plomski shared her Stella & Dot jewelry hoping to do what she could to help out. stelladot.com/marciplomski

Marci Plomski shared her Stella & Dot jewelry hoping to do what she could to help out.
stelladot.com/marciplomski

Kate Hall, an independent consultant for Thirty-One, enjoyed an evening of sharing information about the Thirty-One products while doing what she can to help others.  www.mythirtyone.com/katehall

Kate Hall, an independent consultant for Thirty-One, enjoyed an evening of sharing information about the Thirty-One products while doing what she can to help others. www.mythirtyone.com/katehall

Vendor donations ranged from 10-100% of their evening sales.

Vendor donations ranged from 10-100% of their evening sales.

Helping others appears to be in Dr. Tony Felten's nature.  He enjoyed speaking to shoppers and showing his support for Revive Salon & Spa and ALS A Race Worth Winning.  www.healthsourcechiro.com

Helping others appears to be in Dr. Tony Felten’s nature. He enjoyed speaking to shoppers and showing his support for Revive Salon & Spa and ALS A Race Worth Winning. www.healthsourcechiro.com

It Works! wraps . . . happy to be a part of a wonderful evening.

It Works! wraps . . . happy to be a part of a wonderful evening.

Janet Sanda enjoyed the evening and the opportunity to give back. http://sistaswithbadhabits.com/

Janet Sanda enjoyed the evening and the opportunity to give back.
http://sistaswithbadhabits.com/

Stacy and her husband operate a family owned Hallmark store.  Showing their support this evening was special because they have an employee who lost her husband to ALS. https://www.facebook.com/raveyshallmark

Stacy and her husband operate a family owned Hallmark store. Showing their support this evening was special because they have an employee who lost her husband to ALS.
https://www.facebook.com/raveyshallmark

Chrissy's excitement for the evening came from her joy in giving to a good cause.

Chrissy’s excitement for the evening came from her joy in giving to a good cause.

Patricia Sauer was inspired by her nephew's wife (Erin Rowe-Garofalo of Revive Salon & Spa) and gladly accepted the invitation to share her talents during a fun evening while also showing her support for ALS.  www.TheRustyGarden.com

Patricia Sauer was inspired by her nephew’s wife (Erin Rowe-Garofalo of Revive Salon & Spa) and gladly accepted the invitation to share her talents during a fun evening while also showing her support for ALS. www.TheRustyGarden.com

Kim Rowe enjoyed meeting new people, showing her support, and sharing her crafts.

Kim Rowe enjoyed meeting new people, showing her support, and sharing her crafts.

Staci of Staci's Pink Martini Boutique said, "I like to be a part of anything that gives back."  She saw the event on Facebook and wanted to get involved. https://www.facebook.com/stacyspinkmartiniboutique

Staci of Staci’s Pink Martini Boutique said, “I like to be a part of anything that gives back.” She saw the event on Facebook and wanted to get involved.
https://www.facebook.com/stacyspinkmartiniboutique

Erin Rowe-Garofalo (on right), owner of Revive Salon & Spa, created this evening to show her love and support for A Race Worth Winning (www.araceworthwinning.com).

Erin Rowe-Garofalo (on right), owner of Revive Salon & Spa, created this evening to show her love and support for A Race Worth Winning (www.araceworthwinning.com).

Ann M. Janisch, an educational consultant for Usborne Books & More, was happy to bring the joy of books to others as well as support a good cause.  www.myubam.com/J3074

Ann M. Janisch, an educational consultant for Usborne Books & More, was happy to bring the joy of books to others as well as support a good cause. www.myubam.com/J3074

It was gifts galore during the raffle.

It was gifts galore during the raffle.

Erin E. Ehrlich CPA Ltd. Friends, fun and community support get big smiles. https://www.facebook.com/EhrlichCPA

Erin E. Ehrlich CPA Ltd.
Friends, fun and community support get big smiles.
https://www.facebook.com/EhrlichCPA

Fieldstone Honey made the evening even sweeter with their smiles and their products.

Fieldstone Honey made the evening even sweeter with their smiles and their products.

The ladies from Sweet Stretchers enjoyed their evening sharing their craft and showing their support. Facebook:  sweetstretchers

The ladies from Sweet Stretchers enjoyed their evening sharing their craft and showing their support.
Facebook: sweetstretchers

The greatest accessory for a stylish evening:  your smile. The Jockey Person to Person space had that covered.  myjockeyp2p.com/nicolejohnson

The greatest accessory for a stylish evening: your smile. The Jockey Person to Person space had that covered. myjockeyp2p.com/nicolejohnson

Jaci Hansey's great grandma has Lou Gehrig's disease (ALS).  She said, "We need to bring awareness and raise some money for research." Jaci's goal is to do what she can to make people's lives healthier.  She believes in Norwex and the part it plays in helping to clean an individuals environment.  http://JaclynHansey.norwex.biz

Jaci Hansey’s great grandma has Lou Gehrig’s disease (ALS). She said, “We need to bring awareness and raise some money for research.”
Jaci’s goal is to do what she can to make people’s lives healthier. She believes in Norwex and the part it plays in helping to clean an individuals environment. http://JaclynHansey.norwex.biz

Sara Kimmes-Hegberg participated in last year's event as well.  She explained, "I'm always willing to help out a good cause."  http://kimmes.scentsy.us

Sara Kimmes-Hegberg participated in last year’s event as well. She explained, “I’m always willing to help out a good cause.” http://kimmes.scentsy.us

Big smiles at the Nerium International table to show support and share a product. www.jennyeirich.nerium.com

Big smiles at the Nerium International table to show support and share a product.
www.jennyeirich.nerium.com

Good conversation and good shopping for a great cause.

Good conversation and good shopping for a great cause.

Laura and her mom heard about the evening and just had to be a part of it.  How wonderful is that? www.ldnaturephotography.com

Laura and her mom heard about the evening and just had to be a part of it. How wonderful is that?
www.ldnaturephotography.com

Erin announces the start of the fashion show.

Erin announces the start of the fashion show.

Revive Salon & Spa

Revive Salon & Spa

Revive Salon & Spa

Revive Salon & Spa

Revive Salon & Spa

Erin Rowe-Garofalo and her friend Allison.  Allison's father, Dan Ryan, lost his battle with ALS in 2009.  Founded in 2005 by a group of friends when a loved one was diagnosed with ALS. A Race Worth Winning - ALS is a local nonprofit organization based out of Elko New Market, MN. 100% of the funds they raise are donated to the ALS Association – MN Chapter for the purpose of research and to provide much needed equipment and assistance to families afflicted with this disease.  A Race Worth Winning - ALS is very honored that the MN/ND ALS Association has recognizing them as their 2013 Honoree! www.araceworthwinning.com

Erin Rowe-Garofalo and her friend Allison. Allison’s father, Dan Ryan, lost his battle with ALS in 2009. Founded in 2005 by a group of friends when a loved one was diagnosed with ALS. A Race Worth Winning – ALS is a local nonprofit organization based out of Elko New Market, MN. 100% of the funds they raise are donated to the ALS Association – MN Chapter for the purpose of research and to provide much needed equipment and assistance to families afflicted with this disease. A Race Worth Winning – ALS is very honored that the MN/ND ALS Association has recognizing them as their 2013 Honoree!
www.araceworthwinning.com

Filled with fashion and fun, shopping, stories and smiles and education, December 6th was an evening to embrace and remember. For those of you in the Apple Valley area make a note on your calendar for November 2014: GET INFO ON SHOPPING AND FASHION SHOW TO BENEFIT ALS (great, unique Christmas gifts and an opportunity to support ALS research and A RACE WORTH WINNING).

Erin Rowe-Garofalo said of the event, “I always hope to raise $1000 or more in the few short hours we have. I love raising money for A Race Worth Winning. It was started in memorial of a beautiful man. He was a father, grandfather, husband and friend of many. He had a radiating smile he shared often and always made a point to know EVERYONE’s name. We raise money in honor of him. He still warms the heart of many in our memories. He lives on in many ways.

To learn about this event and others sponsored by Revive Salon & Spa visit and like their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/revivesalonspa For more information about A Race Worth Winning visit www.araceworthwinning.com.

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