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Local Fundraiser Steps Out of The Moonlight And Into Margaritas

May 20, 2013

Tim Dunn, assistant general manager of Margarita’s Mexican Restaurant in East Hartford and Lisa Fine, of Manchester, pose at the end of their first Noche Mexicana fundraiser together. Fine, partnered with the restaurant in hosting a Noche Mexicana for MS on Tuesday, April 9. They will partner up again on Thursday, May 23, for Full Moon Maddness. Margaritas will donates 5 percent of all lounge sales that night to the Fine’s Walk MS team, Lisa’s Fine Steppers.

EAST HARTFORD, Conn. — The moon will be full, the bar will be open and Lisa’s Fine Steppers will be strolling into East Hartford’s Margaritas Mexican Restaurant. Ready for a good time and a little festive fundraising, Lisa Fine, of Manchester, and her fundraising team are bellying up to the bar with Margaritas Mexican Restaurant to host a series of fundraisers to benefit multiple sclerosis, a disease Fine has been battling since 1991.

Fine, who captains the fundraising team, Lisa’s Fine Steppers, is hosting the third fundraiser, Full Moon Madness, Thursday, May 23, from 5 p.m. to close. A portion of bar sales that night will benefit Fine’s team, 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.

Margaritas Mexican Restaurant will host one more Noche Mexicana Fundraiser on Tuesday, June 25. 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 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



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 is an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system that disrupts 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 leading to better understanding and 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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