The sixth annual bake sale fundraiser for ALS, more commonly known as Lou Gehrig's Disease, will once again be held at the community center from 1 to 5 p.m. during Christmas on Historic Broadway in Spring Valley on Dec. 8.

Baked goods and monetary donations will be accepted starting at 8:30 a.m.

This year during the bake sale, raffle tickets will be on sale for $10 each for the chance to win a 2012 Polaris Ranger 500 EFI sunset red LE. Two will be raffled off, at a value of $10,000 each. Raffle tickets can be purchased from Sunshine Foods in Spring Valley or at the bake sale during Christmas on Historic Broadway.

One of the Rangers, donated by Polaris Industries, has a Minnesota Twins theme. The wrap was designed by Jesperson Studios, while materials and application were donated by Dan Fredrickson Signs. The winner of this Ranger will be drawn on Wednesday, Jan. 30. This raffle is sponsored by the ALS Association, Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota chapter.

The other Ranger has a "Thunderstruck 93" racing theme. The Ranger was donated by Youngstedts, Maynard's, Elko Speedway and Dave Telschow. The wrap was created by JWDA, with materials and application donated by Dan Fredrickson Signs. This drawing, sponsored by A Race Worth Winning - ALS, will be held Saturday, Jan. 26.

The trailers used to haul the two Rangers were donated by Aluma, and are not included in the raffle. Virtually all monies from the raffle sales go to enhance the quality of life for persons with ALS and research to find a cause and cure.

Both winners of the drawings will be contacted as soon as possible. Winners and one guest will be invited to the Black Woods Blizzard Tour celebration dinner on Saturday, Feb. 4, in Duluth, Minn.

Sam and Gloria Blakeslee, organizers of the ALS bake sale, said they continue to hold the fundraiser in Spring Valley because "we need to support the ALS Association." The Blakeslees' son, Wes, was diagnosed with ALS in October 1998 and died Sept. 30, 2003.

The ALS Association provides people with ALS programs through the progression of the disease as well as support. These programs include an equipment loan pool for durable medical equipment, respite program for full-time family caregivers, and augmentative communication devices and electronic aids to maintain independence as the disease progresses.

The ALS Association has a staff of professionals who can answer questions regarding the disease or assist with equipment setup as the need arises. These people maintain a level of kindness and compassion when they are contacted and are most helpful in every way. The personal support and services by the ALS Association are very important to people with ALS and their families.

The other reason for the fundraiser is research, noted Gloria.

"This is a very important piece of one's continued support. Without monies for research, there will never be a cure, and that can't be allowed to happen. Somewhere, sometime, everyone has been touched by a devastating disease ,and ALS is no different.

"It is a helpless feeling to have to watch someone you love suffer with a terminal disease knowing that there is no cure. That is what drives us to continue with these annual fundraisers," she said.

The Blakeslees encourage area residents to show their support by visiting the bake sale, providing baked goods or making a monetary donation. For those wishing to make a donation with a check, write "Blakeslee Fundraising Event" in the memo.

Gloria concluded, "Thank you always for helping with your support!"