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Get Your Irish Up Raises $14,000!

AVON, Conn. -- The first Get Your Irish Up for MS!, held Saturday, March 8, at the Avon Old Farms Inn, attracted more than 220 guests and raised $14,000 to benefit the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Connecticut Chapter and those in the state battling the potentially debilitating effects of multiple sclerosis (MS).
“This event was a bigger success than we ever could have imagined,” said O’Toole. “It was great to see so many come out to support a very worthy cause. We thank our guests, sponsors and all those working to help coordinated this event.”
The night featured a Pour Your Own Guinness Station, Jameson Whiskey Flights, an Irish themed buffet, and a rousing Irish musical performance by Calley MsGrane & the Exiles accompanied by an Irish step dancing performance by the Coogan School of Irish Dance.  In addition, the event featured a raffle which included a luxury vacation for two to Ireland.
Multiple sclerosis is an autoimmune disease affecting the central nervous system. The cause is unknown and, as a result, there currently is no cure. Symptoms can include, among other things, numbness and tingling in the limbs, difficulties with vision and speech, stiffness and, in some severe cases, total paralysis. The progress, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot be predicted. More than 6,000 Connecticut residents live with multiple sclerosis. Funds raised through events, such as Get Up Your Irish For MS!, ensure ongoing scientific research to find a cure and provide for the continuation of vital programs and services offered by the chapter to those in Connecticut battling MS.
The 2009Get Your Irish Up For MS! will take place Saturday, March 7, at a location to be determined.  For more information on Get Your Irish Up For MS!, please call Michael O’Toole at 860-331-9084.  For more information on multiple sclerosis or the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Connecticut Chapter, please call 1-800 FIGHT MS or visit http://www.ctfightsms.org/.

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