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Raise A Pint To Show Your Support

February 4, 2014

(From Left to Right) Loryn Watkinson, Farrah Fiedler, Jenifer Walsh and Carrie Leventhal at the eighth annual Team Jenifer Beer Tasting. Over the past eight years, this event has raised approximately $80,000. The ninth annual beer tasting will be held Friday, March 14, from 7 to 9:30 p.m. at Lane Construction at 90 Fieldstone Court in Cheshire. Tickets are $30 and should be purchased in advance by contacting Jenifer Walsh at 1.866.747.9518 or by email at

CHESHIRE, Conn. – Jenifer Walsh knows there are two things that bring people together – a worthy cause and a cold brew. With that in mind, she will host the Ninth Annual Team Jenifer Beer Tasting to benefit her 2014 Walk MS fundraising team.

For the past eight years, hundreds of Cheshire residents have gathered to sample the area’s finest micro brews at the annual Team Jenifer Beer Tasting. This year’s tasting will be held Friday, March 14, from 7 to 9:30 p.m. at Lane Construction, located at 90 Fieldstone Court in Cheshire.

Admission to the event, which is sponsored by Cheshire Wine and Spirits, is $30 per person. Food and more than 25 microbrew samples will be available. Peel Liquors will once again be serving up their signature Limoncello.

Walsh, 49, was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis more than a decade ago. Since her initial diagnosis, she and her family have worked tirelessly to inspire friends and relatives to help raise awareness and critically needed funds to find a cure.

For several years the Walsh’s walk team has been ranked among the top fundraising teams in the state. In 2013, Team Jenifer raised $15,987 at the Cheshire site. Jenifer’s husband, Don, was one of the top fundraisers in the state, bringing in $12,722.

More than 6,000 Connecticut residents, like Jenifer Walsh, live with the effects of multiple sclerosis, a disease affecting the central nervous system. The cause is unknown and there currently is no cure. Funds raised through chapter events, such as Walk MS, presented by Travelers, ensure ongoing scientific research to find a cure and the continuation of vital programs and services offered by the Connecticut Chapter to residents diagnosed with MS.

“Multiple sclerosis is an unpredictable and life altering disease,” said Jenifer Walsh, whose MS has progressed to affect her balance and gait. “My MS affects everyone in my family every day. Regardless, we are defiant and are doing all we can to move science forward in the quest for a cure.”

Last year’s beer tasting event attracted more than 500 guests from throughout the region and raised approximately $11,500. The tasting also features food, prize drawings and music.

Tickets should be purchased in advance by contacting Jenifer Walsh at 1.866.747.9518 or by email at Tickets be purchased in person at Cheshire Wine & Spirits, Main Street Caffe, The Funky Monkey and Cheshire Cleaners, or online at

The 2014 Walk MS, presented by Travelers, will be held Saturday, April 5, in Madison and Westport as well as Sunday, April 6, at 10 more sites across the state, including Cheshire High School in Cheshire.

To learn more about supporting Team Jenifer, please visit To establish a team or register for Walk MS, please contact the Connecticut Chapter at 860.913.2550 or 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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