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New Britain Rock Cats Social Media Campaign Raises More Than $1,500 To Support Fight Against MS

July 29, 2013

On a recent visit to the New Britain Rock Cats stadium in New Britain, Alison Gochman, community relations manager for the baseball team, and Jeff Garner, the team’s executive vice president, present a check for $1,531 to Karen Butler, vice president of communications with the National MS Society, Connecticut Chapter, and Jacqueline Sembor, the chapter’s communications specialist. The donation resulted from a social media contest hosted by the Rock Cats in June. Rock Cats Facebook fans were asked to vote for their charity of choice among three featured, which included the National MS Society, Connecticut Chapter. After being selected charity of choice, the chapter was invited to help host Social Media Night at the team’s July 11 game against the Trenton Thunder. For every person who attended over 2,500, the chapter received a $1 donation from the Rock Cats.

The July 11 game attracted more than 4,000 guests resulting in a donation of $1,532. Garner, a resident of Old Lyme, has been with the team for almost two years. He has worked with several other minor league teams, including the State College Spikes, located on the campus of Pennsylvania State University in State College, and the Myrtle Beach Pelicans, out of Myrtle Beach, S.C. Gochman, who lives in Middletown, teamed up with the Rock Cats in December after working for the Camden Riversharks, an American professional baseball team located in Camden, N.J.  The pair spearheaded the innovative social media campaign, which also resulted in attracting hundreds of new Facebook fans. Butler, Manchester, and Sembor, Broad Brook, oversee social media networking and marketing for the National MS Society, Connecticut Chapter. For more information on the New Britain Rock Cats or to become a Facebook fan of the team, For more information on the National MS Society, Connecticut Chapter, and the many ways to join the fight against multiple sclerosis, 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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