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MS Taste of Hope Events Combine to Raise $40,000

April 11, 2012

Greater Hartford and Greater New Haven Events Draw Crowds for Finest Foods and Drinks

The 2012 Greater Hartford MS Taste of Hope was held at The Society Room in Hartford on Feb. 23. The night featured entertainment by Renee DiNino, The River 105.9, and her group Mermaid Martini, attracted more than 200 guests and raised a record $19,000. Attendees enjoyed beverages and cuisine from some of greater Hartford's finest restaurants and vendors. Funds raised ensure ongoing scientific research to find a cure for the 450,000 Americans battling multiple sclerosis. The funds also provide for the continuation of programs and services offered by the National MS Society, Connecticut Chapter, to the more than 6,000 Connecticut residents living with MS. For more information on MS, break through therapies and the many ways to get involved to help make a difference, visit www.ctfightsMS.org.  

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The Jasek family raises a glass Thursday night, Feb. 23, at the 2012 Greater Hartford MS Taste of Hope, held at The Society Room in Hartford. The event attracted a record 210 guests and raised a record $19,000. Pictured from left to right: Mallary Jasek, 24, ofTolland; older sister Chelsea Jasek Gordon, 26, of Vernon; parents Janice and Steve Jasek, of Tolland; and family friend Chip McLaughlin, of Ellington. Steve, 60, a retired postal worker, was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2007. His family recently celebrated his 60th birthday with a benefit party, raising $500 for their Walk MS team, the MS Stompers, which steps out each year at Manchester Community College in Manchester. The 2011 Walk MS raised a record $1.36 million. This year’s walk is expected to attract 10,000 participants to raise approximately $1.45 million. More than 6,000 Connecticut residents battle the unpredictable and potentially debilitating effects of multiple sclerosis. Funds raised through chapter events, such as Walk MS, provide for the continuation of scientific research to find better treatments and a cure. These funds also provide for the continuation of vital programs and services offered by the chapter to those in Connecticut living with multiple sclerosis. The 2012 Travelers Walk MS will be held at 12 sites across Connecticut Sunday, April 22. For more information, to donate to the MS Stompers or to register for the 2012 Travelers Walk MS, presented by North American Power, visit www.ctfightsMS.org.

 

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Cyndi Simms, Southington, Renee DiNino, Wethersfield, and Michael Simonetta, of Middletown, pose at the 2012 Greater Hartford MS Taste of Hope event, which was held at The Society Room in Hartford Thursday, Feb. 23. DiNino, of mycommunityaccess.com and The River 105.9, was named this year’s event chair. She and her group Mermaid Martini, featuring DiNino on lead vocal, Simms on keyboard and vocals and Simonetta on drums, performed for more than 200 guests. The tasting raised a record $19,000. Funds raised ensure ongoing scientific research to find a cure for the 450,000 Americans battling multiple sclerosis. The funds also provide for the continuation of programs and services offered by the National MS Society, Connecticut Chapter, to the more than 6,000 Connecticut residents living with MS. For more information on MS, break through therapies and the many ways to get involved to help make a difference, visitwww.ctfightsMS.org.

 

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Rich Mattarazzo, of East Hartford’s Olde Burnside Brewing Company, hands Newington resident Michael Branda a Ten Penny ale Thursday night, Feb. 23, at the 2012 Greater Hartford MS Taste of Hope, held at The Society Room in Hartford. The event attracted more than 210 guests and raised a record $19,000. Family owned, the Burnside Company was founded in 1911. The company’s flagship brew, Ten Penny Ale was recognized as Hartford's number one microbrew in 2005, 2006, 2007, and 2009 by the Hartford Advocate's Reader's Poll. Branda oversees Walk MS team relations at the National MS Society, Connecticut Chapter. The 2011 Walk MS raised a record $1.36 million. This year’s walk is expected to attract 10,000 participants to raise approximately $1.45 million. More than 6,000 Connecticut residents battle the unpredictable and potentially debilitating effects of multiple sclerosis. Funds raised through chapter events, such as Walk MS, provide for the continuation of scientific research to find better treatments and a cure. These funds also provide for the continuation of vital programs and services offered by the chapter to those in Connecticut living with multiple sclerosis. The 2012 Travelers Walk MS will be held at 12 sites across Connecticut Sunday, April 22. For more information or to register for the 2012 Travelers Walk MS, presented by North American Power, visitwww.ctfightsMS.org.

 

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Angelo Mastrodomenico, Cromwell, and Gianfranco DiDomenico,New Britain, present a check for $500 to National MS Society, Connecticut Chapter, president, Lisa Gerrol, while at the 2012 Greater Hartford MS Taste of Hope event, which was held at The Society Room in Hartford Thursday, Feb. 23. DiDomenico and Mastrodomenico are founders of the New Britain-based Peel Liqueurs, longtime supporter of chapter efforts. The funds presented at the tasting event were raised as part of a social media ad campaign to promote the Peel Liqueurs Facebook Fan Page. Peel donated to MS $1 for every fan page “Like” up to 500 “Likes” received during a specified period of time. The 2012 Greater Hartford MS Taste of Hope, which featured entertainment by Renee DiNino, The River 105.9, and her group Mermaid Martini, attracted more than 200 guests and raised a record $19,000. Funds raised ensure ongoing scientific research to find a cure for the 450,000 Americans battling multiple sclerosis. The funds also provide for the continuation of programs and services offered by the National MS Society, Connecticut Chapter, to the more than 6,000 Connecticut residents living with MS. For more information on MS, break through therapies and the many ways to get involved to help make a difference, visit www.ctfightsMS.org. For more information about Peel Liqueurs, visit www.drinkpeel.comor search Peel Liqueurs on Facebook.

 

The 2012 Greater New Haven MS Taste of Hope was held at the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History in New Haven on March 29 and raised $24,000. Faith Middleton, WNPR’s two-time Peabody award winner, and Fern Berman of Fern Berman Communications returned for a second year to host the event. News 8 health reporter Jocelyn Maminta served as mistress of ceremonies. Attendees enjoyed beverages and cuisine from some of greater Hartford's finest restaurants and vendors. Funds raised ensure ongoing scientific research to find a cure for the 450,000 Americans battling multiple sclerosis. The funds also provide for the continuation of programs and services offered by the National MS Society, Connecticut Chapter, to the more than 6,000 Connecticut residents living with MS. For more information on MS, break through therapies and the many ways to get involved to help make a difference, visit www.ctfightsMS.org.  

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Pizza chefs Christopher Beauton and Perry King pose with Karen Butler in front of the Big Green Truck Pizza, a traveling catering service based in New Haven. The chefs were participating vendors at the 2012 Greater New Haven MS Taste of Hope, which took place March 29 at the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History. The antique Big Green Truck features a wood fired brick oven. The Big Green Truck features gourmet pizzas and special request pizzas. The truck also offers gourmet gelato, ice cream and espresso and cappuccino. Butler oversees communications for the National MS Society, Connecticut Chapter, which organized the event. The tasting was chaired by Faith Middleton, WNPR, and Fern Berman, Fern Berman Public Relations, and hosted by Connecticut Style co-host Jocelyn Maminta, of WTHN News 8. The tasting attracted more than 200 guests and raised $24,000. Proceeds ensure ongoing scientific research to find better treatments and a cure. Funds also provide for the continuation of vital programs and services offered by the chapter to the more than 6,000 Connecticut residents battling MS. For more information on multiple sclerosis, its effects and the many ways to help make a difference, visit www.ctfightsMS.org. For more information on the Big Green Truck Pizza, visit www.biggreentruckpizza.com.

 

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Meg-Anne Staubley, Bristol; Jim Lynch, Wallingford; Meghan Burgess, Middlefield; and Chris and Casey Wiegert, Wallingford; pose at the 2012 Greater New Haven MS Taste of Hope, which took place Thursday, March 29, at the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History in New Haven. Staubley is a special events coordinator with the National MS Society, Connecticut Chapter, and was the lead organizer for the tasting event. The 2012 MS Taste of Hope was chaired by Faith Middleton, WNPR, and Fern Berman, Fern Berman Public Relations, and hosted by Connecticut Style co-host Jocelyn Maminta, of WTHN News 8. The tasting attracted about 200 guests and raised $24,000. Proceeds ensure ongoing scientific research to find better treatments and a cure. Funds also provide for the continuation of vital programs and services offered by the chapter to the more than 6,000 Connecticut residents battling MS. For more information on multiple sclerosis, its effects and the many ways to help make a difference, visit www.ctfightsMS.org. The 2012 Travelers Walk MS, presented by North American Power, will take place Sunday, April 22, at 12 sites across the state, including West Haven High School in West Haven. For more information or to register, visitwww.ctfightsMS.org.

 

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David and Terri Goclowski, Branford, display silent auction tickets purchased at the 2012 Greater New Haven MS Taste of Hope, which took place Thursday, March 29, at the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History in New Haven. Terri battles multiple sclerosis and is an active member of the National MS Society, Connecticut Chapter. The couple has a long history with the chapter, among other things, organizing and raising funds in support of the chapter’s Walk MS event. The 2012 MS Taste of Hope was chaired by Faith Middleton, WNPR, and Fern Berman, Fern Berman Public Relations, and hosted by Connecticut Style co-host Jocelyn Maminta, of WTHN News 8. The tasting attracted about 200 guests and raised $24,000. Proceeds ensure ongoing scientific research to find better treatments and a cure. Funds also provide for the continuation of vital programs and services offered by the chapter to the more than 6,000 Connecticut residents battling MS. For more information on multiple sclerosis, its effects and the many ways to help make a difference, visitwww.ctfightsMS.org. The 2012 Travelers Walk MS, presented by North American Power, will take place Sunday, April 22, at 12 sites across the state, including West Haven High School in West Haven. For more information or to register, visitwww.ctfightsMS.org.

 

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Robin Komisar, Woodbridge, accepts a cup of tomato soup from Scott Katz, a cheese truck chef at Caseus Fromagerie and Bistro, while at the 2012 Greater New Haven MS Taste of Hope, which took place Thursday, March 29, at the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History in New Haven. Komisar, a longtime supporter of the National MS Society, Connecticut Chapter, served on the 2012 MS Taste of Hope steering committee. Caseus, known for its cheese-focused menu done with a classic French twist, is located in New Haven on Whitney Ave. The 2012 MS Taste of Hope was chaired by Faith Middleton, WNPR, and Fern Berman, Fern Berman Public Relations, and hosted by Connecticut Style co-host Jocelyn Maminta, of WTHN News 8. The tasting attracted about 200 guests and raised $24,000. Proceeds ensure ongoing scientific research to find better treatments and a cure. Funds also provide for the continuation of vital programs and services offered by the chapter to the more than 6,000 Connecticut residents battling MS. For more information on multiple sclerosis, its effects and the many ways to help make a difference, visit www.ctfightsMS.org. The 2012 Travelers Walk MS, presented by North American Power, will take place Sunday, April 22, at 12 sites across the state, including West Haven High School in West Haven. For more information or to register, 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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