Show Us Your Seat Exhibition and Auction, Sept. 23, 2-5 p.m., Ivywild School, 1604 S. Cascade Ave., showusyourseat.org.
n May, Mundi Ross, founder of local online publication Colorado Collective
, lost her father to ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. Witnessing his struggle, then suffering the devastating loss, inspired her to do what she could for other ALS patients and their families. Now, after months of tireless work, she has pulled together what promises to be a unique, fun and worthy fundraiser for the Rocky Mountain chapter of The ALS Association. At Ross’ request, 10 regional woodworkers have designed and built unique chairs that will be displayed and auctioned off at tonight’s event. “I really love the idea of the chair representing the loss of mobility,” Ross says, “because most of the time in ALS diagnoses, mobility is the first to go.” Each chair — or set, as three of the woodworkers chose to make more than one — has been designed specifically for this exhibition, and Ross says the variety in their artistry is “incredible.” Some incorporate leather, steel, upholstery, and even beetles and gems (pictured). In addition to viewing and bidding on the chairs, attendees at Sunday’s fundraiser can enjoy music by DJ Rocky Ross and a limited-edition whiskey release from Axe and the Oak Distillery called The Major’s Cask Strength Bourbon. The label features a picture of Ross’ father, who was a retired Army major. “At the end of the day, that’s why I’m doing what I’m doing. My dad was my hero,” Ross says. Between VIP tickets (which include a limited edition magazine, food and drink) and the chair sales, Ross hopes to raise as much as $10,000 to help people like her father.