Nearly 200 Anderson Lock employees, vendors, customers, friends and family members walked through our Des Plaines neighborhood to raise money and awareness for ALS. Donations and raffle ticket sales raised over $45,000 to help find a cure for ALS.

Gene Anderson, who was diagnosed with ALS (also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease) in 2019, lost his battle this year. His cheerful messages, shared at past Team Gene Mini-Walks, expressed the love in his heart for the walkers and generous donors.

In her comments after this year’s successful event, Cortney Wascher thanked all the Team Gene participants, then gave “a special shout out to Allison, Jessica and Rose for their dedication to getting incredible donations for the unbelievable raffle baskets, and to Thomas for his work setting up tents, etc.!” In addition to Cubs and Sox ballgame tickets, a Chicago Bears helmet, and dozens of gift cards in traditional raffle baskets, participants could choose to take a chance on a lottery-ticket-filled leaf rake labeled: “Raking in the Cash” or try their luck on the lottery tickets hanging under an umbrella, titled: “It’s Raining LOTTO Money.”

Once again, we thank ALLEGION for hosting the tasty taco dinners. As Gene would have said, “It was a SWELL party for a great cause!”