ALS Pre-Walk Party Set for March 31 at Village Tavern

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ALS Pre-Walk Party (Presented by Team Clary)

Village Tavern – South Park 4201 Congress St #190 Charlotte, NC 28209

Friday March 31st from 7pm – 11pm

In its sixth year, the ALS Pre-Walk Party, presented by Team Clary, at the Village Tavern at South Park has become the premier kickoff event for the “Walk To Defeat ALS” sponsored by the North Carolina Jim “Catfish” Hunter Chapter of The ALS Association held annually in Charlotte, NC. Craig Clary, who is the Team Captain for Team Clary, talks about how the event began. “My brother, Russell Clary, was diagnosed with ALS in 2008 and lost his battle in 2014. Russell was a graduate of South Mecklenburg High School. During his years there and for many years after, Village Tavern was THE Hang out spot for him and all of his friends! They went there after the Friday night football games and for the live music that played out on the deck on the weekends. I couldn’t think of a better place to host an event to remember and honor Russell’s life and to continue the fight he started against ALS”

Craig started the event as a “mini-class reunion” for all of Russell’s friends and Team Clary to come together the night before the walk. Because of the history there, he decided Village Tavern was the logical place to come together, catch up and see old friends. In the five years it has been held, it has grown from that group of about 40 people to over 250 people! In the past two years, the addition of a DJ and live music has made this event an incredibly successful celebration! Many other ALS Walk teams, and even some Village Tavern patrons joined in the fun, and have stated they look forward to coming again! Because of the success, it is spurring an even bigger party this year that will feature 2 stages, 2 live bands, DJ Nixxx as the Live DJ and MC, a silent auction, and much more!!! Donations to the ALS Walk will also be accepted the night of the party.

Craig Clary says the goal this year and going forward is to use the ALS “Pre-Walk Party” to not only celebrate the effort to fight this disease, but also to help spread the word and awareness city-wide and  to bring as many people together in the effort to fight ALS as possible! Village Tavern has fully supported the event, pledging 10% of the receipts that day towards the ALS Association, and has made themselves available to us for anything we may need to help make this a successful event! Team Clary would like to thank Mandy Oriani of M & M Productions, Christine Strzepek and her family for their invaluable help in planning the Pre-Walk Party, A huge thank you also goes out to the bands performing that evening- “Sonic Rewind” and “Remedy Hollow” for their involvement and donation of time and talent in this grand event!

Please join us as we come together as one to celebrate our fight against this monster ALS! We look forward to having you there!

For more information, please contact:

  1. Craig Clary 803-212-9559 (Cell) (ALS Pre-Walk Party 2016 – Public Event)


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