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2013 Event Appreciation Plaques

November 1, 2013

Mike Stacy 2013

At a recent visit to the CBS Radio offices in Farmington, Karen Butler presents two 2013 Bike MS appreciation plaques to Lite 100.5 personality Mike Stacy, who is flanked by Mr. Peelsworth, his Bike MS fundraising team’s mascot. Butler, who joined the National MS Society, Connecticut Chapter, eight years ago, oversees marketing and public relations. Stacy, co-host of Allan, Mike and Allison in the Morning, has partnered with the Windsor-based ride since 1989 and has served as captain of the Banana fundraising team for the past 22 years. He received plaques for both for his personal participation in the event, for which his team raised nearly $4,000 this year, and on behalf of Lite 100.5 WRCH, which has sponsored the ride for the past 22 years. The 2013 Bike MS raised a record $578,000 to support the fight against MS. For more information on the 2014 Bike MS, visit www.ctfightsMS.org.

Middletown Press 2013

The Middletown Press traffic production manager Tracy Strycharz, investigations editor Viktoria Sundqvist and managing editor Tracy Neal display 2013 Walk MS recognition plaques awarded by the National MS Society, Connecticut Chapter. The Middletown Press is a longtime supporter of the National MS Society, partnering each year to help raise awareness for Walk MS, the chapter’s largest event. To help raise even greater awareness about MS, in 2013, the Middletown Press also enlisted the help of its sister papers, The Register Citizen, Avon News, West Hartford News, Simsbury News and the Litchfield County Times. The 2013 walk attracted about 10,000 people and raised more than $1.3 million. The 2014 Walk MS, will take place Saturday, April 5, and Sunday, April 6, at 12 walk sites situated across the state. Registration opened in October. For more information or to register, visitwww.ctfightsMS.org.

WCTY appreciation
At a recent visit to the WCTY 97.7 studios in Norwich, Jacqueline Sembor, communications specialist for the National MS Society, Connecticut Chapter, presents a 2013 National MS Society appreciation plaque to on-air personalities Jimmy Lehn (left) and Shelly Martinez (right) and Dave Elder, program director.  The station is a longtime partner with the chapter, helping to raise awareness and promoting its walk and bike events. Martinez heads up the station’s Walk MS team, Team WCTY, organized in honor of Lehn’s sister, who battles multiple sclerosis. The 2013 walk attracted approximately 10,000 people and raised more than $1.3 million. The 2014 Walk MS, will take place at Camp  Harkness, in Waterford, on Sunday, April 6. Registration opened in October. For more information or to join the WCTY 97.7 Walk MS team, e-mailjimmy@wcty.com or shelly@wcty.com. For more information on the 2014 Walk MS, a complete list of walk sites or to register, visitwww.ctfightsMS.org.
Renee DiNino 2013

From right to left: While visiting the Clear Channel Radio stations in Hartford, Karen Butler, Manchester, presents 2013 Walk MS appreciation plaques to radio personality Renee DiNino, Wethersfield. DiNino serves as director of community affairs and programming for Clear Channel Radio Connecticut.  She also serves as midday host for The River 105.9 FM. Clear Channel Radio and DiNino are longtime supporters of the National MS Society, Connecticut Chapter. Clear Channel’s seven stations partner each year to help support the chapter’s annual walk event, which annually attracts more than 10,000 participants and raises about $1.3 million. DiNino and her band, Mermaid Martini, headline the chapter’s annual Greater Hartford MS Taste of Hope event. Butler, who first signed on with the chapter in 2005, serves as vice president of Marketing and public relations. The 2014 Walk MS, featuring 12 walk sites located across Connecticut, will be held Sunday, April 6. Greater Hartford sites include East Hartford, Enfield, Simsbury and West Hartford. For more information or to register for the 2014 Walk MS, visitwww.ctfightsMS.com.

Darren Kramer 2013
Karen Butler presents to Darren Kramer, evening news anchor with WTHN News 8, an appreciation plaque for his support of the 2013 Walk MS, an annual event for which Kramer serves as grand marshal. Kramer, whose mother-in-law battles multiple sclerosis, has partnered with the walk event since 2006. The New Haven-based station has supported the annual walk with PSAs and news stories since 1999. Butler, who lives in Manchester, serves as vice president of marketing and public relations for the National MS Society, Connecticut Chapter. Last year’s Walk MS raised $1.36 million for the more than 6,000 Connecticut residents living with multiple sclerosis. The chapter expects to raise $1.4 million in 2014. Kramer, who lives in Madison, is again teaming up to lead the charge, this year from his hometown. For the first time ever, Walk MS will be hosted at Hammonasset Beach State Park, in Madison.  The Hammonasset Beach walk, led by Kramer, will be held Saturday, April 5 . The 2014 Walk MS offers 12 walk sites, most of which will be held the following day, Sunday, April 6. Lunch is provided compliments of Subway and Coca-Cola. Registration is free but participants are encouraged to raise funds in support of friends and loved ones battling MS. To join Team News 8 or to donate to Darren Kramer’s fundraising, visithttp://main.nationalmssociety.org/goto/DarrenKramer. To register or for more information on the 2014 Walk MS, visit www.ctfightsMS.org.
Cheshire HErald Walk Ms

Maureen Jakubisyn, vice president of the Cheshire Herald, poses with a 2013 Walk MS appreciation plaque, presented to The Cheshire Herald by the National MS Society, Connecticut Chapter. Founded in 1953 by Howard and Ruth True, The Cheshire Herald is one of the few remaining independently owned news organizations and is committed to providing quality coverage of the events and issues that shape our community, while providing a forum for readers and their thoughts and interests. Jakubisyn, has been with the paper for 35 years and her husband, Joseph Jakubisyn, is the paper’s president and publisher. Located in Cheshire, the paper is a longtime supporter of Connecticut Chapter, helping to raise awareness about MS and promoting the chapter’s Walk MS event. The National MS Society, Connecticut Chapter, expects the 2014 Walk MS to raise $1.3 million in 2014. The 2014 Walk MS, presented by Travelers, will be held Saturday, April 5, in Madison and Westport as well as Sunday, April 6, at 10 more sites across the state, including Cheshire High School in Cheshire. Lunch is provided compliments of Subway and Coca-Cola. Registration is free but participants are encouraged to raise funds in support of friends and loved ones battling MS. For more information or to register, visit www.ctfightsMS.org.

Volkswagen 2014
Lisa Gerrol, president and CEO of National MS Society, Connecticut Chapter, presents 2013 Bike MS appreciation plaques to Mark Mitchell, Scott Dell and Aaron Gettinger, all of whom are affiliated with Mitchell Volkswagen, of Canton. Mitchell is the owner of Mitchell Volkswagen. Dell is a general sales manager. Gettinger is also in sales. Mitchell Auto Group served as a sponsor for the chapter’s 2013 Bike MS ride. Last year Mitchell Volkswagen sported nine cyclists and raised $3,190. Funds raised through chapter events, such as Bike MS, ensure ongoing scientific research to find a cure for multiple sclerosis, a potentially debilitating disease. Funds also provide for vital programs and services offered by the National MS Society, Connecticut Chapter, to the more than 6,000 residents in the state living with multiple sclerosis. The 2014 Bike MS, also supported by Mitchell Volkswagen, will take place on Sunday, June 1, in Windsor, and Sunday, June 8, in Westport. Team Mitchell VW hopes to raise $10,000 for the 2014 ride. For more information on Bike MS, or to make a donation to team Mitchell Volkswagen, please visit www.ctfightsMS.org.

 

About the Connecticut Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society

The Connecticut Chapter strives to provide knowledge and assistance to help people with MS and their families maintain the highest possible quality of life. These goals are achieved through vital national and local programs.

About Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple sclerosis, an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system, interrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and body. Symptoms range from numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis. The progress, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot yet be predicted, but advances in research and treatment are moving us closer to a world free of MS. Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, with at least two to three times more women than men being diagnosed with the disease. MS affects more than 2.3 million people worldwide.

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