Gleason Fest 2016

Gleason Fest

Steve Gleason, center, hangs out with former Washington State University football teammate Steve Birnbaum, left, and his wife Kyla Birnbaum during Gleason Fest, at Riverfront Park’s Lilac Bowl Amphitheatre, in Spokane, Wash., Saturday, Aug. 6, 2016. (Young Kwak/Pacific Northwest Inlander)

Here are photos for the Inlander, with a link to a photo slideshow below, taken during Gleason Fest on August 6, 2016 at Spokane’s Riverfront Park Lilac Bowl Amphitheatre, as Pickwick and Portugal. The Man performed. This is the first year that the event was held at this venue, moving from Main Ave. at the east end of downtown.

After being diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) in 2011, Spokane native, and former NFL and Washington State University football player Steve Gleason and his wife Michel Gleason organized the first Gleason Fest. The annual event has raised nearly $100,000 for the Gleason Initiative Foundation. The organization raises money to empower those suffering from ALS, including pushing for technological innovation to make communication, among other things, easier, find a cure and raise public awareness.

Slideshow with more photos at http://www.inlander.com/spokane/evening-at-gleason-fest-2016/Slideshow/2851807

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Pickwick singer Galen Disston, center, sings as Aubrey Purdy, left, and Jesse Javana dance during Gleason Fest, at Riverfront Park’s Lilac Bowl Amphitheatre, in Spokane, Wash., Saturday, Aug. 6, 2016. (Young Kwak/Pacific Northwest Inlander)

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Portugal. The Man performs during Gleason Fest, at Riverfront Park’s Lilac Bowl Amphitheatre, in Spokane, Wash., Saturday, Aug. 6, 2016. (Young Kwak/Pacific Northwest Inlander)

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Anel Nurzhanov dances as Portugal. The Man performs during Gleason Fest, at Riverfront Park’s Lilac Bowl Amphitheatre, in Spokane, Wash., Saturday, Aug. 6, 2016. (Young Kwak/Pacific Northwest Inlander)

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