Category Archives: ALS Fundraising Events

2020 Hike x Brunch: February 22

Come join us for the 6th Annual MOFF Hike x Brunch!

Where: Felsman Loop Trail. We will start hiking at the Patricia St. trailhead. The Brunch portion will take place at the Fernandez Residence in Edna Valley after the hike.

When: February 22 at 9 AM. The brunch will start around 10:30 AM

The VIP guests for the ALS Panel Discussion part of the brunch will be Jennifer McErlain and Claire Reich from the ALS Therapy Development Institute. People living with ALS (PALS) are encouraged to attend to hear the latest ALS research updates. 

Why we hike: Martha Olson-Fernandez was an avid hiker. She taught many people the importance of exercise and healthy living. We hike during this event for all those who are incapacitated in any way. We hike so that we can be an extension for those people to continue doing what they love.

This will be our last event at the Fernandez Residence. We hope to see everyone there 🙂

Please email if you have any questions.

7th Annual MOFF Golf Tournament

The weather was gorgeous out at Cypress Ridge Golf Course on October 5, 2019. Teams traveled from California and Arizona to support ALS patient care and research. Together we raised $114,680.00!! The VIP guests at the tournament were: Fred Fisher (President and CEO of The ALSA Golden West Chapter), Cherryl Goldstein (VP of Development for the ALSA Golden West Chapter), and Dr. Justin Ichida (USC Professor of Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine).


1st Place: Manny Silva, Brian Ball, Jon Pollock, Paul D’Ambra; Score: 55

2nd Place: Jim Orradre, Stephen Orradre, Duke Green, Bob Riddle; Score: 56

3rd Place: Nigel Whitehead, Josh Compton, Bill Compton, Will Sinclair; Score: 57

Hackers: Jerry Casey, Jennifer Taylor, Kyle Hooks, Kevin Voorhees; Score: 80

Closest to the pin (women): Karen Crawfis – 18ft

Closest to the pin (men): John Ronca – 9ft

Longest drive (women): Terri Garcia

Longest drive (men): Cliff Contreras


Awards Ceremony Speakers

We were honored to have Fred Fisher (left) discuss the impact of the MOFF Fund on patient care services on the Central Coast of CA.

Dr. Justin Ichida (right) discussed the ALS stem cell work his lab at the USC Keck School of Medicine has been conducting. The Ichida lab was the recipient of the ALS Research Grant Sponsorship ($10,000.00). The ALS Research Grant Donor was the Larry Fernandez Family. Read more about this transaction here

Thank You Volunteers! Your positive energy and helpfulness made this event possible.

Click here to view the MOFF Golf Tournament top sponsors!

5th Annual MOFF Hike x Brunch and 1st Annual ALS Panel Discussion

Thank you to all of the 5th Annual MOFF Hike x Brunch participants!


Thank you to everyone who came out to hike Felsman Loop in San Luis Obispo on Saturday, February 23rd. We all placed roses on Martha’s memorial bench and enjoyed a gorgeous view in great company. At the top of the hike, we read a poem that depicted ALS patients’ incredibly difficult journey with the disease. The poem was followed by quotes that embody the resilience of ALS patients. Martha was a beautiful example of that strength and bravery in action.

The ALS panel discussion during the brunch portion of the event was very well received. The panel answered the following questions:

       What causes ALS?

       Is there a high incidence of ALS on the Central Coast?

       What happened to the $115M raised during the Ice Bucket Challenge?

       What treatments are currently available to patients?

       Where are your MOFF donations going in 2019?

        Research Highlights: ASOs & STMN2 target for sporadic ALS


Our panelists were Natalie Fernandez from MOFF, Cherryl Goldstein, Stacy Inman and Janelle Webb from the ALS Association. Thank you very much to the ALS Association Golden West Chapter for participating in our first annual ALS Panel Discussion! We had a great time taking questions from donors regarding if ALS is one disease and also what future CRISPR technology has in the ALS research world.  In order to align with the interdisciplinary approach to fighting ALS, we look forward to inviting an array of panelists to future hike x brunch events.


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The Martha Olson-Fernandez Foundation is a tax-exempt, 501 (c)(3) organization. Tax ID: 45-4983912

The 6th Annual MOFF Golf Tournament

The 6th Annual Martha Olson-Fernandez Foundation raised an impressive $121,000!!!

Cypress Ridge Golf Course claims it was their highest earning golf tournament yet! Thank you to all our sponsors, golfers, and volunteers that made this fundraising amount possible. Not only did we have a record amount of sponsors, but the tournament was completely full! The community support was truly incredible.


The winners of the tournament were:

1st Place: Anthony Aurignac, Nico Aurignac, Thomas Orradre, Mitchell Martin

2nd Place: Manny Silva, Paul D’Ambra, Brandon Hill, Oliver Petri

3rd Place: Joe Garcia, Terry Garcia, Mike Monroe, Eddie Garcia

Hacker’s Prize Winners: Bridget and Paul Ready, Jim and Margaret Neville

Closest to the pin (women): Tess Boehm

Closest to the pin (men): Ricky Sartain

Longest drive (women): Terri Garcia

Longest drive (men): Mark Foos

Fiesta Dinner Winner: Ed Attala! We cannot wait to celebrate with you, Ed! 🙂

Congratulations everyone!

A special thanks goes out to our top sponsors:

Dave and Roberta (Rob) Fernandez, The Chao Family, Murray Street LLC

Shout out to our first ever Heckle Hole Hecklers! You guys were obnoxious and distracting. It was glorious.

ALS Pepper Challenge

MOFF takes on the Hot Pepper Challenge

In 2018 the ALS Hot Pepper Challenge went viral. At MOFF we were very excited to participate in the Hot Pepper Challenge during our 4th Annual Hike x Brunch event. We ate jalapeños, seranos, and even habañeros in order to raise ALS awareness in our community. Thank you very much to the Voloagri Group Inc. for providing the peppers. They were HOT.

The Martha Olson-Fernandez Foundation donates to ALS Therapy Development Institute and The ALS Association Golden West Chapter annually. We are a 501 (c)(3) certified non profit foundation. Tax ID # 45-4983912