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Remember when everyone was doing the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge? (Yes, even Westchester Magazine got in on it.) Now that we’re experiencing freezing cold temperatures on a daily basis, the question is clear: What were we thinking? Who in their right mind would willingly pour ice-cold water over themselves?
Of course, we were all in it to help the cause—a cause that still deserves attention. Even though the drenching fad may be over, there’s still more to do for ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis—Lou Gehrig’s Disease—has no known cure). And thankfully, this month, the White Plains Rugby Club is running an event at Grand Prix New York that benefits ALS research and doesn’t involve getting wet and cold.
“Bowling with the Boys,” on February 26, offers a night of bowling for the first 400 people to sign up. But even if you don’t get to hit the lanes, it’s worth attending to check out some of the other VIPs in attendance: MLB superstar Pete Rose will do a Q&A with Pat Quinn, the Yonkers resident and ALS-sufferer who started the Ice Bucket Challenge with a friend, Boston College baseball player Pete Frates (who also has ALS). Rose will sign paid autographs, with proceeds from the signing going to Pat Quinn’s Quinn for the Win campaign. Notre Dame’s Rudy Ruettiger (yes, that Rudy) will also attend as a special guest. In addition, the event will also include a Hawaiian shirt contest, silent and live auctions, a raffle, food, and a cash bar.
Advance tickets cost $75 for adults and $50 for children under 10; they can be purchased online through Eventbrite.