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Fishing tournament lands $165K for fight against MS
By Lisa Cook, National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Connecticut Chapter

BRANFORD, Conn. — When the employees and friends of Alliance Energy Corporation go fishing, they definitely bring home more than just a full cooler.

In February Alliance Energy contributed $165,000 to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Connecticut Chapter and the more than 6,000 people in Connecticut who live with multiple sclerosis. The Branford, Conn.-office of the petroleum marketing distributor raised most of the funds through two fishing tournaments.

"Alliance Energy Corporation has been a longtime supporter of the Connecticut Chapter," said Lisa Gerrol, chapter president. "The continued support by Alliance Energy and its Executive Vice President, John Gargano, has helped make significant strides in the fight against this difficult disease."

Multiple sclerosis is a chronic and often disabling disease of the central nervous system. Symptoms can include, among other things, numbness in the limbs, difficulties with vision and speech, stiffness and, in some more severe cases, total paralysis.

Alliance Energy dedication to the fight against MS became much more personal two years ago when Gargano’s oldest daughter was diagnosed with this baffling disease. The progress, severity and specific symptoms of multiple sclerosis in any one person cannot be predicted. There currently is no cure.

The fishing tournaments took place last June and August out of Orleans, Mass., on Cape Cod. Orleans-based Rock Harbor Charters provided boats for teams of up to six people to compete for the biggest striped bass, and bragging rights for the rest of the year. The annual event includes a full day of fishing, dinner and an overnight stay.

This year’s fishing tournaments will take place Thursday and Friday, June 12 and 13, and Monday, Aug. 25. The event is open to the public.

Alliance Energy gas stations also sold $1 paper "stockings" over the holiday season, contributing $30,000 toward the total. The family-owned business, based in Lexington, Mass., owns more than 100 gas and convenience stores in New England, and distributes fuel through about 500 locations from Maine to Pennsylvania.

For more on Alliance Energy Corporation go to http://www.allianceenergy.com/. To learn more about multiple sclerosis and how you can join the fight, call 860-714-2300 or visit http://www.connecticutfightsms.org/.




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