Students in the Journalism Department, led by Professor Michele Papakie, are partnering with Caffe Amadeus for a fundraising event to benefit ALS research.
Caffe Amadeus will host Candle Night on Friday, October 5, 2012, from 4:00 to 10:00 p.m. to raise money for the Momma Mary Foundation for ALS.
The Momma Mary Foundation has been formed in honor of Buddy Valastro, the star of the reality show Cake Boss, whose mother has ALS. Caffee Amadeus has a close friendship with the Valastros.
Students in Papakie’s class have written news releases and feature stories about the event that have been published locally, helping to support it while gaining interviewing, reporting and writing experience.
Candle Night will offer refreshments and entertainment including the Indie Strings and Origami John. Other acts will perform throughout the evening, and there will be face painting and activities for children.
The event is open to the public; a suggested donation is $5. Persons can also donate a "dollar for a doily” that will be displayed in the cafe window.
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS (commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease), is a neurological disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord.