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Battle In Berlin Raises Funds for Battle Against MS

Contributed by Christopher J. Picard
HARTFORD, Conn. - The Connecticut Rugby Football Foundation, in association with the Town of Berlin, is pleased to announce an exhibition rugby match between the Hartford Wanderers RFC and New Haven Old Black Aug. 21at Scalise Field in Sage Park. Kick-off will be at 7:30 p.m. as a fundraiser for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Connecticut Chapter and Cystic Fibrosis.

Multiple Sclerosis is a potentially debilitating autoimmune disease affecting the central nervous system. The cause is unknown and there currently is no cure. Funds raised through Connecticut Chapter events, such as the Battle in Berlin, ensure ongoing scientific research to find a cure and the continuation of vital programs and services offered by the chapter to more than 6,000 Connecticut residents diagnosed with MS.

The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is the leading organization devoted to curing and controlling cystic fibrosis. CF is a genetic disease that can lead to life-threatening lung infections and digestive problems. Headquartered in Bethesda, Md., the Foundation funds CF research, has more than 80 chapter and branch offices throughout the country, and supports and accredits a nationwide network of CF care centers, which provide vital treatments and other CF resources to patients and families.

The Hartford Wanderers Rugby Football Club, Inc. was founded and established in 1966. The New Haven Old Black Rugby Football Club began its first season in spring 1986. The clubs have both enjoyed various levels of success since their formations inclusive of several players being named to the US National Team, The Eagles. Both clubs seek to promote rugby in Connecticut and are open to new and experienced players. 

Tickets will cost $5, children under 10 are admitted free of charge. All proceeds will be divided equally between the Connecticut Chapters of the National MS Society and CF. Tickets will be available through members of the Hartford Wanderers and New Haven Old Black, as well as through Tracy Wu at CF (www.cff.org/Chapters/connecticut/) and Nicole Marohn at the National MS Society, Connecticut Chapter (http://www.ctfightsms.org/).

If you need further information, please contact Christopher J. Picard at 860-670-0625.


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