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MS Awareness Month in Illinois


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National MS Awareness Month

March was MS Awareness Month, and the impact could be seen across the state as people and organizations joined together to help improve the lives of the 20,000 people and their families living with MS throughout Illinois. The activities that occurred throughout the month successfully raised multiple sclerosis awareness and promoted fundraising events and the latest research happening statewide.

A Month of Awareness

The month officially began with a proclamation from Mayor Rahm Emanuel declaring March MS Awareness Month in Chicago. Every evening of the month, the downtown Chicago skyline glowed orange as several iconic structures lit their lights in support of the Movement to End MS, including Willis Tower, 191 N Wacker, Wrigley Field and ABC 7 Chicago.

One Off Hospitality Group and Chili’s restaurants took part in MS Awareness Month through Dine to end MS, a unique restaurant program that raises MS awareness and funds through special promotions. All seven One Off restaurants participated, including Avec, Big Star, Blackbird, Publican, Publican Quality Meats, Violet Hour and Nico Osteria, providing donation slips and special menu items with proceeds going to the Greater Illinois Chapter. Chili’s also donated 10 percent of purchases made using an MS Awareness Month voucher.

The Illinois Lottery launched its 2014 “MS Project” instant win scratch-off ticket to coincide with MS Awareness Month. The $2 ticket, now in its seventh year, gives buyers a chance to win $20,000, with all net proceeds helping to fund MS research projects throughout Illinois. Tickets are available at retailers statewide.

The Tootsie Roll Company also got in on the action by donating thousands of orange Tootsie Pops, which were handed out at various MS Awareness Month events.

A World Free of MS

Though MS Awareness Month has officially come to an end, its goals and activities are not confined to a single city or timeframe. For those passionate about the Movement to End MS, every month is MS Awareness Month, and they won’t give up until a cure is found.

The National MS Society wants everyone to know that MS Kills Connections and Connections Kill MS.

ABC7 - The MS Project Website Takeover

Thank you to the Willis Tower for lighting up orange to promote MS Awareness Month!


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Dine to End MS

There's no better time to Join the Movement to end MS than right now! The Greater Illinois Chapter is fundraising, with the help of these Chicago establishments, for Dine to end MS, a National MS Society program.

When you visit any of these participating establishments throughout March and into April 2013, you will have the opportunity to donate to the Society via cash or credit card at the end of your meal. Any amount that you decide can be added to your final bill, tax free, and paid for in one transaction. Your donations directly benefit the more than 20,000 people affected by MS in Illinois by funding research, programs and services.

The Corsica (tequilla, aperol, bitters)
$8 per cocktail, $1 of each sold to go back to MS Society

Fox Hunt (beefeater gin, pimms cup, cynar, pichauds, lemon)
$12 per cocktail, $1 of each sold to go back to MS Society

The Publican
2012 Chateau Routas Rose
$13 per carafina, $1 of each sold to go back to MS Society

Publican Quality Meats
Lucy's Cubano (lonzo cotto, pork shoulder adobe, comte, bread and butter pickles, mustard girl yellow mustard on a bocadillo)
$12 per sandwich, $1 of each sold to go back to MS Society

The Violet Hour
Old Fashioned
$13 per cocktail, $1 of each sold to go back to MS Society

Nico Osteria
Mimosa, selection of fresh juice (offered during our Saturday and Sunday brunch)
$8 per cocktail, $1 of each sold to go back to MS Society

Big Star
Pineapple Aqua Fresca
$2 per beverage, $1 of each sold to go back to MS Society

Thank you to all participants and to everyone who will go out in March to Dine to end MS!

Eat at Chili's to Benefit the Greater Illinois Chapter
In addition, if you download this special voucher and present it at any Chili's restaurant in Illinois from 2/4/14 – 5/31/14 & 7/1/14 – 9/31/14, 10% of your eat-in or takeaway bill will be donated to the Greater Illinois Chapter!
Download the Chili's voucher (PDF)>>

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