This past Saturday, Ling & Louie’s proudly took home the “Best Bite” award at ALS Bite Nite! The annual event, which benefits the ALS Association Arizona Chapter, took place at The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa. This is the second year that Ling & Louie’s has taken home the title of “Best Bite” since they began participating when the event first kicked off.
The ALS Association Arizona Chapter first launched Bite Nite in 2008. The event sought to raise money and draw awareness to ALS disease, otherwise known by many as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. This exciting foodie event draws together some of the hottest chefs and restaurants in Arizona and allows them to showcase their original culinary creations. Each year, the event attracts upwards of 700 guests and features live entertainment, refreshments and many fundraising opportunities such as their takeout boxes, live and silent auctions.
In addition to the charitable donations given to the cause through their participation, Ling & Louie’s also donated $500 cash during the live auction. Aside from Bite Nite, Ling & Louie’s has also pledged its support to the fight against ALS through promotions like their “Wok for the Cure” limited time menu which raised proceeds for the ALS Association Arizona Chapter.
What Is ALS?
ALS is a disease Ling & Louie’s has come to be familiar with through its involvement with ALS Association Arizona Chapter, but we recognize that all too many people are still unfamiliar with the disease and the toll it takes on those who suffer from it and their families.
ALS, or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, affects as many as 30,000 Americans at any given moment. The disease works by rapidly attacking the nerve cells in our body that make voluntary movement like walking, standing and even breathing possible. By the time the disease is diagnosed, only half of those individuals will go on to live at least three more years, while 20% might live for five years and only 10% will live more than 10 years.
The average cost of caring for a loved one with ALS is a staggering $200, 000 a year, weighing additionally on the already difficult time for patients and their families.
We hope that through our combined voices and community reach, we can continue to help ALS Association Arizona Chapter create an impact that is significant enough to ease some of the hardships of our friends and neighbors in Arizona.