Live Every Day Event
An evening of celebration & inspiration to support the Joe Martin ALS Foundation
2021 Live Every Day Event
Due to the ongoing pandemic the Live Every Day Event will be virtual this year. Thank you to many who have already confirmed, offering to gather your friends and family online, or in small, socially-distanced groups in your homes. The online presentations and "Event" will launch on our website on October 14, at 7:30PM.
Please join us and invite friends and family from near and far - the silver lining of this virtual presentation is that we can offer our Live Every Day Event to people outside the Greater Charlotte area who may be interested in learning more about us and being partners in our work.
Interested in Event or Annual Sponsorship Opportunities?
Please contact Director of Development Catherine Fraser at firstname.lastname@example.org or 704-322-1929 ext. 806
Want to see the 2020 Live Every Day Event?
Click here to see last year's presentation and film: 2020 LED
2019 Live Every Day Dinner
Stronger Together was the theme of the 4th Annual Live Every Day Dinner. More than 300 guests gathered at Carmel Country Club to benefit the mission of The Joe Martin ALS Foundation and hear special guest speaker, Hugh McColl. Joe Martin and Mr. McColl were friends and colleagues for more than 33 years. Mr. McColl’s inspiring message included humorous stories about him and Joe at Bank of America as well as inspiring examples of how Joe stood up for what he believed in, whether it be improving race relations in Charlotte or helping people live actively with ALS. Guests enjoyed an evening of cocktails, dinner and a silent auction of artwork created by children who attended Joe’s Camp. A highlight of the event was the premiere of a moving video, created by Aaron Putnam of Joyride Productions, featuring Meghan Rizzo and her family. Aaron’s piece documented how we are Stronger Together when a community comes together for a cause. The evening raised more than $140,000 thanks in large part to our Sponsors: Legacy Sponsors Bank of America, and Joan Martin and Pat Burgess; and Gifts of Joy Sponsors, Atrium Healthcare Foundation, Carolina Asphalt, Grace & Stone Communications, Martha Ann and Craig Wardlaw, Meda Whitescarver, Velva and Tom Woollen, and Joan Zimmerman. In-kind donations also attributed to the evening’s success: beautiful floral centerpieces by Cheri Lindblom of C.blooms, delicious cookies from Tracy Campbell of Cookies on the Side, and our special video by Aaron Putnam of Joyride Productions. Thank you to our sponsors, donors, Board of Directors, Live Every Day Committee, and volunteers for helping make the evening possible!
Stronger Together. A film by Aaron Putnam and Joyride Productions.
Hugh McColl, introduced by Joan Martin
2018 Live Every Day Dinner
Heroes Were Among Us at the Live Every Day dinner! Heroes Among Us was the theme at this year's Live Every Day Dinner held on August 23 at Carmel Country Club. Hero, NC State Baseball Coach, Elliott Avent, stepped in to pinch hit as keynote speaker for originally scheduled speaker, former baseball player, Chris Combs. Coach Avent talked about his hero, Chris, and his fight with ALS. Coach Avent shared Chris' belief that like on the field, ALS must be battled with a team approach, both with research and services for people with ALS. Coach Avent discussed the important part The Joe Martin ALS Foundation plays in this battle, with the free support and services we provide our clients.
Guests enjoyed the intimate atmosphere of the dinner, with David Martin serving as emcee, and Joe B. Martin starting the dinner off with a prayer. Beautiful floral centerpieces were donated by Cheri Lindblom of C.blooms, and home-made sweets by Tracy Campbell of Cookies on the Side.
The star of the evening was a video produced by Aaron Putnam of JoyRide Productions. Aaron captured what being a hero means to people with ALS, whether it's a doctor, caregiver, or donor, all are heroes and can help in the fight. The night culminated with caped super heroes collecting generous gifts from attendees. The evening raised $138,000 to help families live actively with ALS. Thank you to our volunteers, sponsors, and supporters who made this year's Live Every Day dinner a success!
Heroes Were Among Us at the Live Every Day dinner!
Guest Speaker: Coach Elliott Avent
N.C. State Baseball Head Coach Elliott Avent
Live Every Day Dinner: Entire Program
Heroes Among Us
Video by Aaron Putnam of JoyRide Productions
2017 Live Every Day Dinner with David Martin & John Grisham
Thank you to all who attended and supported the Live Every Day dinner on August 3, 2017! It was an outstanding success! We are grateful to John Grisham for serving as guest speaker and sharing his incredibly interesting stories.
Aaron Putnam produced a wonderful film about The Joe Martin ALS Foundation and the services we provide. We are grateful to the Matthews and Taylor families for welcoming us into their homes to share their stories. This film was shown the first time on Thursday, August 3rd at our 3rd Annual Live Every Day Dinner. It is our hope that it will reach even further! Please help us share our message of LIVING with ALS to help raise awareness of this disease and our work with your friends. We help people with ALS - YOU can too!
David Martin introduced John Grisham using his great sense of humor and memories of his father, Joe Martin, who wrote a letter of encouragement to Grisham just before his writing career made him a household name. David joked, "It's kind of like me writing Steph Curry: Dear Steph, keep shooting the basketball." Watch David and John Grisham's speech here:
The Joe Martin ALS Foundation's mission is to empower families as they face the challenge of living actively with ALS by providing home care and other services at no cost.
We believe a strong support net can help people living with ALS (PALS) and their families obtain the best caregiving techniques, equipment, and bolster their will to fight this disease.