A lot of money was raised for a great cause over the weekend, and ABC6 was a big part of it.


It was the annual "Evening of Hope" to benefit the ALS Association of Rhode Island.


The organization provides help to people with "Lou Gehrig’s disease."


This year's honorees included Kreg Palko of
Barrington
, who just underwent pioneering "stem–cell surgery" that is helping him battle ALS.


Former CVS president Tom Ryan was also honored for his family's multi–million dollar donation to the new neurosciences center at the
University of Rhode Island
.


"Unbelievable turnout. It says a lot about the good people of the state. How generous they are and how giving they are," said ALS patient Kreg Palko who recently had stem cell transplant surgery.


"It's just incredible. And you really see why you do, what you do. It's why we all give. It's why we all try to support the research," said Tom Ryan, former CEO of CVS, and the major contributor to the new neurosciences center at the
University of Rhode Island
.


ABC6 was the media sponsor for the ALS "Evening of Hope" and I was honored to be the emcee.


The event raised about $130 thousand dollars to help fight ALS.