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Newington Woman To Host Benefit Chili Cook-Off In Wethersfield

November 4, 2013

Karen Guarnaccia, Newington, prepares to sample some sangria at her 2011 Sangria Throwdown to benefit multiple sclerosis, a disease she has battled since 1994. Guarnaccia, who serves on the National MS Society, Connecticut Chapter board of trustees, is organizing another event, a Chili Cook-Off to benefit MS. The event will be held Sunday, Nov. 10, at 2 p.m. at the Old Town Café, in Wethersfield.

WETHERSFIELD, Conn. – Karen Guarnaccia, Newington, will host the second annual Chili Cook-off to benefit the National MS Society on Sunday, Nov. 10, at The Old Town Café, located in Wethersfield. 

Guests will sample more than 10 signature chili recipes, which will be scrutinized by a panel of persnickety judges and the cook-off’s participating guests. The event will also feature big screen football, drink specials, various types of sangrias and more.

Guarnaccia was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1994, just a year after the first drug was made available to help slow the progression of the disease. She has been a member of the National MS Society, Connecticut Chapter, board of trustees since 2003. Each spring, Guarnaccia hosts an annual Sangria Throwdown, which over the years, when combined with last year’s chili cook-off, has raised more than $14,450.

More than 6,000 Connecticut residents, like Karen Guarnaccia, are affected by multiple sclerosis, a potentially debilitating disease affecting the central nervous system. 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.

The 2013 Chili Cook-off to benefit multiple sclerosis will take place Sunday, Nov. 10, at 2 p.m. at the Old Town Café, 187 Main Street, in Wethersfield. To participate, a $5 donation at the door is requested. Proceeds benefit the National MS Society, Connecticut Chapter. The second annual Chili Cook-off to benefit MS is an example of Do It Yourself Fundraising. For more information about multiple sclerosis, the many ways to help make a difference or for assistance in planning and publicizing a DIY Fundraising event to benefit MS, 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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