‘Toast to Life’ proceeds to benefit local muscular dystrophy patients


The Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) of Jacksonville will host a “Toast to Life” event Friday, Oct. 6 to aid local children and adults with muscular dystrophy (MD), Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) and related muscle-debilitating diseases.

This year’s event will be take place at Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort & Spa in Ponte Vedra Beach and will feature food, fun, live music by The Chris Thomas Band and an onsite silent auction for guests, sponsors and donors. All ticket sales, sponsorship proceeds and event donations will directly support local children with MD in financing the cost of summer camp attendance.

“Summer camp is the highlight of their year,” said Elaine Ashourian, volunteer co-chair of the Muscular Dystrophy Association's Toast to Life – Jacksonville. “Through the involvement of 440 attendees at last year's event, we were able to successfully raise $340,000. Our goal is to raise even more this year.”

In addition, the funds raised by a Toast to Life will help support the medical efforts of Mayo Clinic and UF Health in treating patients with MD, as well as ALS.

“Their fight is our fight,” said MDA of Jacksonville Director of Business Development Christina Warmouth. “Together, we can succeed in fighting for a cure and achieving a better quality of life for children in our community living with muscular dystrophy.”

Tickets and sponsorship opportunities are available at mdatoasttolifejax.org/sponsor-tickets. General donations can also be contributed to mdatoasttolifejax.org/donations