And what a plan it was! Our goal for the first ever ALS Walk in Knoxville, TN was set for $20,000….and then we beat our own goal and raised $26,205. The ALS Association had set their goal for the walk at $30,000…and we almost made it for them. Ha! The A-Team for Don Steffen received the award for “#1 Top Fundraising Team” for this walk. Our daughter Angela also received the award for “#1 Top Fundraiser” out of all the teams that participated.
Raising over $26,000 was no small accomplishment and I commend and thank each and everyone of you for rising to this challenge by generously giving to this much needed cause. The overall walk did not make the $30,000 goal ALS had set, but exceeded it by raising $102,375. This money will be used to support all people living with Lou Gehrig’s Disease and in research in their relentless search for a cure.
Gus Rodriguez and Ottis Johnson spearheaded the charge to raise $20,000 for this walk. They organized a plan and recruited field captains throughout the U.S. These field captains proceeded to make phone calls and send e-mails to accomplish our mission. A special thanks to Gus, Ottis, Felix Baker, John Carson, Tom Crotty, Bob Hove, Rick John, Mike Lusson, Dale Paschke, Beth Ray, Mark Sharitz, Angela Steffen, and Rich Wellner.
I am truly blessed in having so many good friends and a loving family to help me accomplish this goal and beyond. I am also blessed to be here to witness the love and support from all of you. The one thing that I can do is be an advocate for ALS and with your help I am accomplishing it one dollar at a time.
One of my wishes is that all of you continue to raise money for ALS so that some day in the not to distant future their will be a cure for this devastating disease!
Thank you, Don