The Muscular Dystrophy Association announced that the eighth annual BASH for MDA’s Augie’s Quest held Thursday, March 21 raised more than $1.6 million to help fund research for ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig’s disease).
More than 1,000 people attended the “Viva Las Vegas”-themed event at Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino. Participants enjoyed an evening of elegance and entertainment, including live performances, dancing and auctions to help support Augie’s Quest, an aggressive cure-driven ALS research initiative named for philanthropist and fitness industry pioneer Augie Nieto. Nieto has been fighting the disease since his diagnosis in 2005.
Pat Monahan, lead singer for the Grammy-winning band Train, provided entertainment for BASH guests. Award-winning CNN anchor Suzanne Malveaux, whose mother is living with ALS, served as the host for the high-end event. Click here for event photos.
To cap off the evening, a surprise $100,000 donation was presented to Nieto from Gary and Diane Heavin, co-founders of Curves, in support of the Augie’s Quest initiative.
“The BASH continues to exceed our expectations every year, and this year was the best we’ve had yet,” said Augie Nieto. “The support we receive demonstrates the true determination people have in finding a cure for this disease. We’re continuously advancing our knowledge and getting closer every day to defeating ALS once and for all.”
A day before the BASH on March 20, a sold-out Sentao™ Zumbathon at the Mandalay Ballroom raised $200,000 to benefit Augie’s Quest.
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