2nd Annual Fundraising Event for Team Toce
BOLTON, Conn. – Multiple sclerosis stops people from moving, but in a defiant response, one Walk MS team is doing just the opposite.
The Team Toce Walk MS fundraising team is hosting a Zumba Party to Benefit MS on Friday, April 20, from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.at Bolton Center School in Bolton.Proceeds will assist their fundraising efforts for the 2012 Travelers Walk MS, presented by North American Power on Sunday, April 22.
Bolton native and Team Toce captain, Lisa Toce, was diagnosed with MS in 2009. According to Toce, staying active in the fight against MS gives her strength.
“Getting involved in the efforts to find a cure for my disease is empowering,” said Toce, who lives in neighboring Vernon and is a special education instructional assistant at Bolton Center School. “When I was diagnosed, I wanted my doctor to tell me that my symptoms wouldn’t get any worse. Of course he couldn’t make any promises, but I stay hopeful.”
Team Toce poses at last year's Walk MS in Manchester. Team Toce raised $6,500. The 2012 Travelers Walk MS, presented by North American Power, will step out from 12 sites statewide, including Manchester Community College, on Sunday, April 22.
Last year, Team Toce raised more than $6,500 at the Walk MS in Manchester. On April 22, the team will step out once again at Manchester Community College, one of 12 Walk MS sites across the state.
The idea for a Zumbathon fundraiser came from Toce’s friend Kim Gates, alocal Zumba instructor.
“Originally Kim had invited me via Facebook to attend a Zumbathon fundraiser last year, said Toce, a mother of two. “When I asked her if she'd do one for MS her immediate response was ‘of course!’ She put it together in about three weeks.”
Last year, the Zumba Party to Benefit MS raised roughly $900.
“It’s a night of fun sweat and Zumba, said Gates,a realtor with Remax East of the River in Manchester, “and best of all; a night to raise money and awareness for MS.”
Zumba is a Latin-infused dance work-out that has taken the fitness world by storm. After participants check-in and warm-up, they will participate in Zumba sessions with licensed instructor Kim Gates and others. At the end of the workout there will be refreshments and a drawing for prizes.
The cost for the event is a $10 donation to Team Toce’s Walk MS fundraising efforts; which includes the Zumba workout, refreshments, and entry into a drawing. No experience is necessary; all are welcome.Doors will open for check-in at 6 p.m and the Zumba class begins at 7 p.m.
More than 6,000 Connecticut residents live with multiple sclerosis, a disease affecting the central nervous system. The cause is unknown and, as a result, there currently is no cure. The progress, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot be predicted. Funds raised ensure ongoing scientific research to find a cure and provide for the continuation of vital programs and services offered by the chapter to Connecticut residents affected by MS.
The Zumba Party to Benefit MS will be held Friday, April 20, from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.at Bolton Center School in Bolton.For more information or to register in advance, contact Lisa Toce at 860-646-8624 or 860-729-2874.Bolton Center School is located at 108 Notch Road in Bolton.
The 2012 Travelers Walk MS, presented by North American Power, will step out from 12 sites statewide, including Manchester Community College, on Sunday, April 22.
To learn more about multiple sclerosis, register for Walk MS, or to donate to Team Toce, please visit www.ctfightsMS.org and click the “Walk MS” button.