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The Angel Fund for ALS Research Annual Gala and Silent Auction

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Rob Schwartz, editor and publisher of ‘The Wisdom of Morrie’ as guest speaker


The Annual Gala and Silent Auction to benefit The Angel Fund for ALS Research, an independent nonprofit organization that benefits amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS – also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease) research at UMass Chan Medical School in Worcester, will be held at the Burlington Marriott in Burlington, Mass., on Friday, September 29, beginning at 6:30 p.m. The evening will include a silent auction, dinner and remarks from Dr. Robert H. Brown, Jr. of the Cecil B. Day Laboratory for Neuromuscular Research, and Richard Kennedy, President of The Angel Fund for ALS Research. The event will honor individuals and organizations that have made extraordinary contributions to The Angel Fund for ALS Research.

Rob Schwartz – editor and publisher of “The Wisdom of Morrie: Living and Aging Creatively & Joyfully,” and son of Morrie Schwartz, best known as the inspiration for “Tuesdays with Morrie” – will be the guest speaker. After finding a manuscript written by his father, Rob edited the manuscript and wrote essays for the book, which has topped lists of key releases for 2023. In addition to his work on the book, Rob is an entrepreneur, writer and producer who has been active for more than 20 years on the entertainment scene. His journalistic work has appeared in Time, Newsweek, Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, NME and many others. He is an Asia Correspondent for Billboard magazine, a position he has held since 2008, and was script editor at the Japanese national broadcaster NHK for 14 years.

In 2002, Rob was appointed Executive Producer of Play Label, a Tokyo-based record label, and founded Dynastic Records, a boutique label offering critically acclaimed electro-rock and crossover releases in 2005. He has been a regular guest on the TV show “J-Flicks” (on the NHK World network) and has appeared on international networks BBC World, CNN and MNET TV. Rob was an Executive Producer on the U.S. feature film “Putty Hill” (2010), which won a host of awards and was selected by The New Yorker magazine as one of its Top Ten for 2011. He was an Executive Producer for the U.S. feature film “Bernard and Huey” (2017), with a screenplay by Pulitzer prize/Oscar winner Jules Feiffer.

The cost of the gala is $125 per person and includes the buffet dinner, which begins at 7:30 p.m. Sponsors to date include Nigro, Pettepit & Lucas, LLP and The Savings Bank. Corporate sponsorships are available for $5,000 (Gold Sponsorship), $2500 (Silver Sponsorship) and $1000 (Bronze Sponsorship). Advance reservations are required, and tickets must be purchased in advance online at www.theangelfund.org. More information about the gala or a corporate sponsorship can be obtained at www.theangelfund.org or by calling 781-245-7070. The Angel Fund is a 501 (c) 3 charity located in Wakefield, Mass.

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