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Golf MS Shifts to TPC River Highlands

April 13, 2012

Play the same course as the pros for MS.

Cromwell, Conn. – Each summer, thousands of golf enthusiasts head to Cromwell to watch the pros play on TPC River Highlands during the Travelers Championship. Now, there’s a chance to play on the same course, and for a worthy cause.

The eighth annual Golf MS Classic, presented by GE Capital Real Estate, will be held Monday, May 14 at a new location – TPC River Highlands in Cromwell. The day includes breakfast, 18 holes of golf with a cart, green fees, an on-course complimentary food and beverage cart, prizes, a silent drawing, an auction and closes with a dinner and awards ceremony, all while supporting the fight against MS.

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The eighth annual Golf MS Classic, presented by GE Capital Real Estate, will be held Monday, May 14 at a new location – TPC River Highlands in Cromwell. The day includes breakfast, 18 holes of golf with a cart, green fees, an on-course complimentary food and beverage cart, prizes, a silent drawing, an auction and closes with a dinner and awards ceremony, all while supporting the fight against MS. To learn more about MS, the 2012 Golf MS Classic, or to register a foursome or learn about sponsorship opportunities, please visit www.ctfightsMS.org.

First known as Middletown Golf Club in 1928 and later as Edgewood Country Club, TPC River Highlands’ par-70, 6,841-yard course was completely redesigned by the legendary Pete Dye in 1982 and again in 1989 by noted golf course architect Bobby Weed and PGA TOUR Design Services, Inc., with PGA TOUR players Howard Twitty and Roger Maltbie serving as consultants. Named by Golf Digest “One of the Top 10 Golf Courses in the State” and by Connecticut Golfer Online the “Best Private Course in the State” for six consecutive years, the course meanders over 148 acres, with stately corridors of mature maple, oak, sycamore and eastern white pine trees framing gently rolling fairways.

The course features bentgrass from tee to green surrounded by bluegrass fescue roughs. Numerous lakes and ponds add to the layout’s beauty, with a well-balanced mixture of long and short holes creating an exciting and memorable golf experience.

Returning as presenting sponsor for a second year is GE Capital Real Estate. Alec Burger, president of GE Capital Real Estate’s North America division and member of the Connecticut Chapter board of trustees, was instrumental in making the switch to TPC River Highlands.

“It was a combination of wanting to find events that will make a great impact, and also offer great interaction among its participants,” said Burger, who also will hit the links for the second time. “The Connecticut Chapter is an organization I believe in tremendously and I am honored to be involved.”

Burger’s involvement with the National MS Society is in honor of his father, who lived with multiple sclerosis for roughly 35 years before passing away.

“Having lived with a parent who has MS for so long, I know how tough a disease it is to live with, and I’ve always wanted to make a difference,” said Burger. “The National MS Society, Connecticut Chapter is a fantastic platform for me to raise awareness in my own small way.”

More than 6,000 Connecticut residents live with multiple sclerosis, a potentially debilitating disease for which there is no cure. Funds raised by the chapter through events, such as Golf MS, fund scientific research and provide for the continuation of vital programs and services offered by the National MS Society, Connecticut Chapter, to people in Connecticut diagnosed with MS.

The 2012 Golf MS Classic begins with registration and breakfast at 9:30 a.m., followed by a shotgun start at 11 a.m. The day concludes with a banquet and awards ceremony at 5 p.m., which also includes a silent and live auction as well as a drawing.

To learn more about MS, the 2012 Golf MS Classic, or to register a foursome or learn about sponsorship opportunities, please visit www.ctfightsMS.org.

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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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