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MS Awareness Month in Illinois


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MS Awareness Week took place March 2-8, 2015. The Greater Illinois Chapter used the week and the entire month as a platform to promote upcoming events and to publicize MS research, advocacy, programs and services that are impacting those living with MS statewide. 

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Dine to End MS

In 2014, the Greater Illinois Chapter raised over $5,000 through its Dine to End MS program. Dine to End MS is a program that offers restaurant patrons the opportunity to donate to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society during March, which is MS Awareness Month. Please join the movement in 2015 as we continue to move closer to a world free of MS.

One Off Hospitality Group participated this year for the entire month of March, by placing buck slips in their check holders at the end of meals for patrons to donate directly to the Greater Illinois Chapter and also through special promos at each of their restaurants where a percentage of sales from specific menu or drink items go directly to the Society.

  • Participating restaurants include:
    • avec
      Alfredo Santamaria, “Pago el Cordonero”
      $11 per glass, $1 of each sold to go back to MS Society

    • Blackbird
      Blackbird Noir- Sonoma County Pinot Noir, Pierre Ferrand Dry Curacao, Carpano Antica, Hand-Pressed Klug Farm Grapes
      $12 per cocktail, $1 of each sold to go back to MS Society

    • The Publican
      Chateau St. Eulalie, "Primtemps d'Eulalie"
      $14 per carafina, $1 of each sold to go back to MS Society

    • Publican Quality Meats
      The Clublican- Marinated Espelette Chicken, Gem Lettuce, Buttermilk vinagrette, radish, fennel, crispy summer sausage
      $14 per sandwich, $1 of each sold to go back to MS Society

    • The Violet Hour
      The Violet Hour Old Fashioned- Buffalo Trace, Demerara Syrup, Angostura Bitters
      $14 per cocktail, $1 of each sold to go back to MS Society

    • Nico Osteria
      Morning Bender- Pear infused Beefeater Gin, St George Pear Liqueur, cranberry (offered during Saturday and Sunday brunch)
      $11 per cocktail, $1 of each sold to go back to MS Society

    • Big Star
      Limeade- Lime Flavored Agua Fresca
      $3 per drink, $1 of each sold to go back to MS Society

    • Dove's Luncheonette
      Coronado- Dolin Blanc Vermouth, Campari, blood orange, ginger and soda
      $9 per cocktail, $1 of each sold to go back to MS Society

Chili's Give Back Program Voucher - Bring this voucher when you visit (Dine in or To Go) all Illinois Chili's locations and 15% of your purchase (excluding taxes) will benefit the National MS Society, Greater Illinois Chapter. Date: 2/15/15 - 5/31/15 & 7/1/15-9/30/15

Raise MS Awareness Online

You can help raise awareness from MS from the comfort of your home! The 2015 MS Awareness Social Media Toolkit will provide you with what you need to spread awareness for MS on your personal social media pages.

Participate in an MS Awareness Social Media Takeover by downloading the profile and cover images below:

Raise MS Awareness in Your Community

MS Awareness Month is about making connections. You can help grow connections in your own neighborhood by posting the Greater Illinois Chapter's MS Awareness poster at community centers in your area. Locations can include coffee shops. grocery stores, recreation centers, your workplace and more! All you have to do is download and print the poster below:

Illinois Lottery – ‘The MS Project’ Instant Win Ticket – 2015 

The MS Project: The eighth installment of the Illinois Lottery’s MS instant win scratch off ticket will go on sale at all statewide retailers beginning March 2, 2015. Tickets can be found at local retailers from March through July.

Cost: This year, the price point has been increased from $2 to $5per ticket; the top winning prize has also been increased from $20,000 to $250,000. 

Proceeds: All net proceeds from ticket sales go into the Illinois Lottery’s MS Research Fund. Research grants are distributed from the fund to neurologists, scientists, and other medical professionals at statewide institutions whose work is focused on multiple sclerosis research.

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