Hopewell Valley Central High School’s softball team is giving back and practicing the spirit of altruism in addition to athleticism. Under the tutelage of HVCHS coach and Bioethics teacher, Eric Guise, and coach Gary Nucera, the team is excited to raise money for two local nonprofits, Hope Loves Company and H.A.R.K. Both presidents of HLC (Jodi O'Donnell-Ames) and H.A.R.K. (Donna Dourney York) founded their non-profits after losing loved ones to ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease. Hope Loves Company provides support locally and nationally to children who have family members battling ALS. H.A.R.K. provides financial and medical resources to patients living with the disease.
Mr. Guise, who coached Mrs. O’Donnell-Ames’ son Adam in wrestling, wanted to get involved in the cause and became proactive a few years ago by inviting Jodi into the high school to share her experience with ALS during his bioethics class.
“It’s important to teach students that there is more to life than what they experience as teens,” says Guise. “Whether I am coaching or teaching, I encourage my students to find ways to help others and to feel good because of their efforts.”
The fundraising event takes place on April 3rd at Hopewell Valley Central High School’s Performing Arts Center. Prizes will be up for raffle, followed by the premier of Donna Dourney York’s inspirational documentary, Hope on The Horizon, at 7pm. “Hope on the Horizon is not just about ALS, it’s about facing life’s challenges with courage and overcoming seemingly insurmountable odds every day. The challenges of negotiating the fragile beauty and rugged terrains of the White Mountains serves as a compelling backdrop to show the true challenges and hardships faced by ALS victims and their loved ones,” says H.A.R.K. founder and documentary producer, Donna Dourney York.
Both charities help local families as they battle ALS and are grateful to Mr. Guise and Principal Michael Daher, for their support and the chance to spread awareness. “ALS is still considered a rare disease", explains O’Donnell-Ames, “yet, I know five local families who are affected as we speak.
”The event is free to anyone who’s interested in attending. Donations will be accepted. The evening will close with a Q&A panel including both non-profit founders and a young adult who lost a parent to ALS. Both Hope Loves Company and H.A.R.K. are 501 (c)3 non- profits. ALS or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis is a terminal illness for which there is currently no known cause or cure.
April 3, 2014
Hopewell Valley Softball Team Hosts Benefit for HLC & H.A.R.K. 7pm