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Yankee Cloth To Host 5th Annual Autumn Harvest Festival

August 28, 2014

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Yankee Cloth To Host 5th Annual Autumn Harvest Festival

 

WALLINGFORD, Conn. – Five years ago, after nearly 30 years of quilting as a hobby, Wallingford resident Nancy Trunko opened her very own quilting shop: Yankee Cloth. That very year, she decided that she would use her niche business as a way to garner support for a chronic illness her friend, Janet Rathbun, has been fighting since 2005.

Originally inspired by Janet’s diagnosis with multiple sclerosis, Yankee Cloth continues to make its mark and do its part to make a difference in the lives of those living with MS, a potentially debilitating disease. The shop will host its 5th Annual Autumn Harvest Festival to benefit the National MS Society, Connecticut Chapter, on Saturday, Oct. 4th, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Wallingford.

Shoppers can support the fight against MS by visiting the festival, viewing quilts on display, participating in a teacup auction and shopping with local artisans who will be taking part in the Yankee Cloth Craft Show.

More than 6,000 Connecticut residents, like Rathbun, live with multiple sclerosis. The cause is unknown, and there is currently 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.

“Nancy has done a great job of setting up the festival to raise funds for the National MS Society,” said Rathbun, who will be providing information and fielding inquiries about MS during the festival. “The vendors pay a fee to set up as do those participating in the quilt challenge, and a portion of these monies are donated to the society.  As in the past, grandchildren will be offering pumpkins for donations, and proceeds from the Tea Cup Auction will also be donated to the National MS Society. This year, we again want to spread the word so more people come and enjoy the festival.”

The 5th Annual Autumn Harvest Festival is an example of Do It Yourself fundraising. Funds raised through Do It Yourself fundraising events ensure ongoing scientific research to find a cure and provide for the continuation of vital programs and services offered by the chapter.

For more information on the festival, please email Nancy Trunko at yankeecloth@snet.net or call 203.265.1932. Yankee Cloth is located at 411 Center St., in Wallingford.

To learn more about Do It Yourself Fundraising, multiple sclerosis, its effects and the many ways to become involved, please visit the National MS Society, Connecticut Chapter’s website at 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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