CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- People gathered at Meriwether Spring Vineyard in Ivy to help raise money and awareness for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS).

ALS is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord.

The money raised from the weekend's event is going toward the Hummingbird Fund, which is part of the Charlottesville Area Community Foundation. One of the things the foundation does is to help fill the gaps in care for people that have ALS.

The event also aimed to raise money to help the research to hopefully find a cure.

"Right now, there is no cure for ALS, but we are very hopeful that in the near future, there will be a cure. Even before there is a cure, there will be treatments that slow the disease, and even before that, we can provide the best services possible so people that are living with ALS have a good quality of life," said organizer Peggy Plews-Ogan.

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