WASHINGTON, May 16 /PRNewswire/ -- As part of National ALS Advocacy Day
activities, The ALS Association is hosting a special advance screening of the
DreamWorks feature "Shrek" starring Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz and
John Lithgow. This event on Thursday, May 17th will conclude National ALS
Advocacy Day, where over 400 patients, family members, friends and volunteers
from over 40 states will be joined by Members of Congress and White House
staff to view this sure-to-be blockbuster movie.
The screening will be held in the Conference Center Amphitheatre at The
Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center.
"Shrek," a comedy from the computer animation wizards at PDI/DreamWorks,
is based on the children's book by William Steig. The film opens in New York
and Los Angeles on May 16th and nationwide on Friday, May 18th.
Prior to the screening, The ALS Association will present The Jacob K.
Javits Public Service Award, given to a Member of Congress in memory of
Senator Jacob K. Javits, who died of ALS in 1986. Senator Javits was known
throughout his life for his compassion, dedication to humanity and his many
years of public service in the United States House of Representatives and the
United States Senate.
Members of Congress, sports celebrities and other notable personalities
have agreed to serve as honorary committee members for this special evening.
(A complete list of committee members is attached).
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a progressive, fatal neuromuscular
disease that occurs when motor nerve cells cease to function and die. While a
person's mind remains sharp and alert, muscle control becomes completely lost.
The ALS Association is the only national non-profit voluntary health
organization dedicated solely to the fight against ALS through research,
patient support, information dissemination and public awareness. For more
information, visit www.alsa.org.
To schedule interviews or for more information, please contact Carol Levey
at 818-692-6549. National pager number is 1-888-796-4488.
Media Interviews and Photo Opportunities:
6:45p.m. Congressional Awards and "Shrek" Special Advance Screening
Steve Beuerlein, NFL Quarterback
Michael Nouri, film and television actor
Michael Gross, television actor, director, producer
Steve Garvey, former All-Star baseball player with The Los Angeles
Dodgers and San Diego Padres
Steve Stone, former "voice" of The Chicago Cubs and 1983 Cy Young
Mrs. Helen Hunter, widow of Hall of Fame pitcher Jim "Catfish" Hunter
Jay Johnstone, former MLB outfielder, author, businessman
"Shrek" Special Advance Screening to Benefit The ALS Association
Conference Center Amphitheatre at The Ronald Reagan Building
and International Trade Center
Thursday, May 17, 2001
Honorary Committee Members
Congressman Roy Blunt
Congressman Henry Bonilla
Congresswoman Mary Bono
Congressman Dave Camp
Congresswoman Lois Capps
Senator Thad Cochran
Senator Susan Collins
Senator Larry E. Craig
Congressman Tom Davis
Congressman Tom DeLay
Congressman Phil English
Congressman Mike Ferguson
Congressman Mark Foley
Senator Bill Frist
Congressman Elton Gallegly
Senator Charles E. Grassley
Senator Judd Gregg
Senator Orrin G. Hatch
Senator Jesse Helms
Senator James M. Jeffords
Senator John F. Kerry
Congressman James R. Langevin
Congressman Steve Largent
Congressman Jerry Lewis
Congressman Edward J. Markey
Senator John McCain
Congresswoman Connie Morella
Senator Patty Murray
Senator Bill Nelson
Congressman Rob Portman
Congressman Ralph Regula
Senator Harry Reid
Senator Rick Santorum
Senator Arlen Specter
Senator Ted Stevens
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SOURCE The ALS Association