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Benefit Hope To Host Dinner And Dancing All For A Worthy Cause

By Karen E. Butler, Vice President of Communication, National MS Society, Connecticut Chapter

STAMFORD, Conn. Benefit Hope, a Stamford-based group of young professionals raising awareness and funds to help find a cure for multiple sclerosis, will host “A Night To Remember” Saturday, May 17, from 7:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. at the Waters Edge at Giovanni’s in Darien, Conn. The event features hors’ devours, cocktails, a four course meal, dancing and prize drawings. Proceeds will benefit the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Connecticut Chapter and Connecticut residents battling the potentially debilitating effects of multiple sclerosis (MS).

Established by Stamford resident Carrie Levitt, Benefit Hope consists of men and women volunteering time, energy and creativity to support programs, services and research. Many of those involved with Benefit Hope either have multiple sclerosis or are connected to a loved one or close friend who does. Levitt, 29, a formerly freelance photojournalist and now a development coordinator with the chapter, became actively involved with the National MS Society as a volunteer after her mother and aunt were diagnosed with MS. She has since developed lasting friendships with others her age battling the same unpredictable effects of multiple sclerosis experienced by her loved ones. 

“I am committed to the fight against MS not only because it hits very close to home but because I also see how many young adults, people my age, are being diagnosed with MS,” said Levitt, who before moving to Connecticut spearheaded a similar group in New York, raising more than $200,000 in 2006 at a sell-out gathering aboard the battleship Intrepid.” 

More than 6,000 Connecticut residents live with the effects of multiple sclerosis. The cause is unknown, and, as a result, there currently is no cure. Symptoms can include, among other things, numbness in the limbs, difficulties with vision and speech, stiffness and, in some more severe cases, total paralysis. The progress, severity, and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot be predicted. Funds raised through events, such as the Benefit Hope wine tasting, ensure ongoing scientific research to find a cure and the continuation of programs and services provide by the chapter to Connecticut residents living with multiple sclerosis.

The event begins with cocktails at 7:30 p.m., and dinner and dancing from 8:30 to 11:30 p.m. The event also includes a prize drawing.

Tickets are $75 in advance and $85 at the door. For more information, please call 860-714-2300, visit http://www.ctfightsms.org/ or e-mail clevitt@ctfightsmMS.org. For more information on multiple sclerosis and vital programs and services offered by the Connecticut Chapter, please visit www.ctfightsMS.org or e-mail programs@ctfightsMS.org

For More Information
Contact Karen Butler
Vice President of Communications
Phone: 860.714.2300, ext. 230



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