Mar 21, 2013
Karen E. Butler
DANBURY, Conn. – The National MS Society, Connecticut Chapter, will offer an evening of fun-filled gaming at the Microsoft Store at Danbury Fair on March 28, from 2 to 8 p.m. The event will feature family friendly games for all ages. The public is invited to attend.
“We’ll be offering games rated E; E for everyone,” said Carolyn Bighinatti, Microsoft retail store’s community development specialist and captain of the Microsoft Store 18 Walk MS team. “This event promises to be a lot of fun. There will be games for every age group, including our youngest clients.”
|CUTLINE: As Sonata Reyes, a Microsoft Store product advisor, looks on as Chad Lollie, technical advisor, and Frankie McGee, also a technical advisor, play a little Dance Central 3. The National MS Society, Connecticut Chapter will host an Xbox Game Night at the Microsoft Store at Danbury Fair on March 28. The public is invited. For more information, contact the store at 203-546-1510.|
Microsoft Xbox 360 games offered on March 28 include, Dance Central, Sesame Street, Kinect Party and a bevy of popular Microsoft sports games.
“Our Microsoft store, the only one in the state, was the 18th store in the nation, so the milestone is reflected in our team name,” said Bighinatti, who has both a friend and a relative living with multiple sclerosis, a potentially debilitating disease. “Microsoft is dedicated to community. We have amazing customers, who are devoted to our products. Any time we can offer them an opportunity to get to know our products better, while at the same time introducing them to a worthy cause, it’s a win, win.”
The Microsoft Store 18 team will step out with thousands of others for the 2013 Walk MS, presented by Travelers, Sunday, April 21. Last year’s walk raised a record $1.38 million. This year’s event, which includes lunch compliments of Subway and Coke, is expected to raise $1.4 million. The team will walk at the Western Connecticut State University walk site in Danbury.
More than 6,000 Connecticut residents live with multiple sclerosis, a disease for which there is no cure. Symptoms can include numbness and tingling in the extremities, difficulties with vision and speech, stiffness, and, in severe cases, complete paralysis. Funds raised at National MS Society events, such as Walk MS, provide for ongoing scientific research to find better treatments and a cure. Funds also ensure the continuation of vital programs and services offered by the Connecticut Chapter to those in the state battling MS.
“We are very excited about the upcoming game night,” said Michael Branda, who oversees team relations at the National MS Society, Connecticut Chapter. “I’m a big fan of Microsoft. Game night at Microsoft provides a fabulous opportunity for families to spend time together doing something fun for a great cause.”
The National MS Society, Connecticut Chapter, will be on hand game night to collect donations and register those desiring to join the Microsoft Store 18 Walk MS team.
Game night at Microsoft at Danbury Fair will include refreshments. There is no charge to participate but donations to the Microsoft Store 18 team are welcome. Microsoft Store 18 game night takes place Thursday, March 28, from 2 to 8 p.m. at the Danbury Fair mall, 7 Backus Ave., Danbury. For more information on game night, contact Carolyn Bighinatti at 203-546-1510. For more information on the 2013 Walk MS, presented by Travelers, visit www.ctfightsMS.org.