Jun 18, 2013
MANCHESTER, Conn. — Nothing celebrates the arrival of summer better than enjoying an icy margarita with a few friends. But why not take it to the next level by supporting a good cause, too? Well, East Hartford’s Margaritas Mexican Restaurant and Manchester resident Lisa Fine are letting you do just that.
CUTLINE: (Left to Right) Cathy Thermer, West Hartford, and Lisa Fine, Manchester, meet in person for the first time at Margaritas Mexican Restaurant in East Harford. The two women, who both live with multiple sclerosis, connected through an online support group roughly one year ago and have established a strong relationship. Fine, who was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1991, partnered with the restaurant in hosting a Noche Mexicana for MS in April and raised $83.65 to support her Walk MS team. Fine will partner with Margarita’s Mexican Restaurant again on Tuesday, June 25, for another fundraiser. Margaritas will donate 15% of sale proceeds to Fine’s Walk MS team, Lisa’s Fine Steppers. To learn more about multiple sclerosis or donate to Lisa’s Fine Steppers, please visit www.ctfightsMS.org.
The two will come together once more to host the last in a series of fundraisers to benefit multiple sclerosis, a disease Fine has been battling since 1991. The fourth and final fundraiser, Noche Mexicana, will take place Tuesday, June 25, from 4 p.m. to close. A portion of sales that night will benefit Fine’s fundraising team, Lisa’s Fine Steppers, which is raising funds in support of the 2013 Walk MS.
Fine, who began her involvement with Walk MS in 2002, was impressed when she read about fundraising opportunities at East Hartford’s Margaritas Mexican Restaurant. Once she met assistant manager Tim Dunn, she knew that she had found the perfect way to begin her fundraising efforts.
“When Lisa approached us about teaming up with Margaritas, we were immediately onboard,” explained Dunn. “It’s our mission to support local community organizations. One of the ways that we accomplish this is through Full Moon Madness. Margaritas throws a big party with giveaways, contests, flavorful specials and then donates 5 percent of all lounge sales that night to the National MS Society.”
More than 6,000 Connecticut residents, like Fine, live with multiple sclerosis, a potentially debilitating disease. 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.
To become an event participant, patrons must mention the Noche Mexicana for MS event to their host or server. Guests can choose items from any of Margaritas menus, takeout orders included.
To learn more about Margaritas Mexican Restaurant’s Noche Mexican Fundraisers or to request an event flier, please contact Lisa Fine at 860.478.9429 or email her at email@example.com. Margaritas Mexican Restaurant is located at 350 Roberts St., in East Hartford.
To learn more about multiple sclerosis, register for Walk MS or donate to Lisa’s Fine Steppers, please visit www.ctfightsMS.org.