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Cheshire Residents Ready To Cruise For An Important Cause

CHESHIRE, Conn. -- Get ready to start your engines and raise money for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Connecticut Chapter. Cruzin’ for a Cause, a car show featuring pre-1985 classic and muscle car models, will take place Sunday, Aug. 17, at Bartlem Park, in Cheshire, Conn.

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This 1977 Chevrolet Pick Up Truck will be featured at Cruzin' For a Cause on Aug. 17 at Bartlem Park in Cheshire, Conn.
The show will feature “Miss Mako” the ’64 Corvette show car, known as the feminine version of the Mako Shark. The car has been campaigning for various charities since she was built, and will be accompanied by Ken Guiles, of Final Finish in Branford, Conn.

The event will include various food vendors, auto vendors and special drawings, as well as music throughout the day by The Doo-Wop DJ and Rockin’ Rosie of Middletown, Conn. The Top 50 cars will receive awards, and the Best In Show winner will win a trip to City Hall Plaza in Boston for the Super Wheels Showdown, commonly described as the Super Bowl of auto shows. Registration will take place between 8 and 10 a.m., and is $8 in advance and $10 at the event. The first 200 cars will receive dash plaques, and the door prizes are plentiful.

All proceeds from the event will benefit the Hayley’s Hope and Michaela’s Miracle MS Memorial Fund, established last summer after the tragic deaths of Cheshire residents Jennifer Hawke-Petit, and her daughters Hayley and Michaela.

“When I saw what happened to Dr. William Petit and his family I wanted to reach out and try to do something to help,” said Frank Bronner, who organized the event.

Although Bronner has been fundraising through events involving his passion, cars, for years, this is his first time working to make a difference in the world of MS.

More than 6,000 Connecticut residents battle the potentially debilitating effects of multiple sclerosis, an autoimmune disease affecting the central nervous system. There is no cure. Symptoms can include, among other things, numbness in the limbs, difficulties with vision and speech, stiffness, loss of mobility and, in some more severe cases, total paralysis. The progress, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot be predicted. Funds donated to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Connecticut Chapter, and the Hayley’s Hope and Michaela’s Miracle MS Memorial Fund, ensure ongoing scientific research to find better treatments and a cure, as well as to provide vital programs and services offered by the chapter to those in the state living with multiple sclerosis.

Multiple Sclerosis became a cause close to the Petit family after Jennifer Petit’s diagnosis. Hayley, just 9 years old at the time her mother was diagnosed, formed a Walk MS team to raise funds to help find a cure for a disease threatening to rob her mother’s independence and mobility. Over the next eight years, her team, Hayley’s Hope, raised more then $55,000 and was among the top fundraising teams many years. Hayley, who would have attended Dartmouth College last fall, prepared to hand the torch to her younger sister, Michaela, who was establishing her own team, Michaela’s Miracle.

Cruizin’ for a Cause is one of many events working to support the Hayley’s Hope and Michaela’s Miracle MS Memorial Fund. For more information on Cruzin’ For a Cause, please contact Bronner at 860-347-1671 or fbronner@sbcglobalnet.

For more information on hosting an event please contact Michelle Zimnoch, special events director, at 860-714-2300, ext. 234, or mzimnoch@ctfightsms.org. For more information about multiple sclerosis and the many ways you can make a difference, contact the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Connecticut Chapter at 800-FIGHT MS or visit http://www.ctfightsms.org/.


  National MS Society, Connecticut Chapter, public relations intern Megan Alexander is resident of Cheshire attending Syracuse University in Syracuse, N.Y. Alexander is majoring in public relations and psychology. If you or someone you know would be interested in completing and internship with the National MS Society, Connecticut Chapter Communications Department, please contact Karen E. Butler at kbutler@ctfightsMS.org.


For More Information
Contact Lisa Cook
Communications Specialist
Phone: 860.714.2300, ext. 249



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