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You Better Watch Out, You Better Not Cry, You Better Not Pout, We’re Tellin’ You Why!

December 4, 2013

It’s time to ring in some holiday cheer and we can’t think of a better time to get started than this Saturday, Dec. 7, when two of our fabulous supporters will host their own festive events to benefit the fight against multiple sclerosis.

For a ninth year, Hale Hill Farm, situated on the town lines of Glastonbury and Portland, will host its annual Christmas Tree Charity Day, which includes hayrides, a blazing bonfire and an old-fashioned barn party. The family friendly event features pre-cut and cut-your-own trees for a suggested donation of just $50, all of which benefits the National MS Society.

Since 2004, the Hale Hill Farm Christmas tree fundraiser has raised more than $34,000 to benefit charities, such as the Make A Wish Foundation, Save the Children and many more. The fun-filled event also features food, beverages, including hot chocolate, entertainment, music, silent auction and more.

The Hale Hill Farm Christmas Tree Charity Day will be held at Hale Hill Farm from noon to 5 p.m. Hale Hill Farm is located at 815 Glastonbury Turnpike in Portland.

That evening, after the children are tucked into bed, the Hartford Wanderers rugby team and friends will don Santa attire for the 8th annual Santa Charity Pub Crawl to benefit MS.

The crawl kicks off when the rogue Santas convene at the top of Pratt Street in Hartford. At the ringing of bells and with chants of “Ho! Ho! Ho!,” the Santas will dash down Pratt street toward Trumbull street. Taverns and pubs include Vaughan’s Public House, McKinnon’s Irish Pub, Pig’s Eye Pub, City Steam and many more.

In 2006, the first Santa pub crawl took shape when members of the rugby team, clothed in Santa suits, caroled from tavern to tavern, spreading holiday cheer and goodwill. The event has grown in size every year since, with donations coming from the participating bars and the individual fundraising efforts of the Santa Claus collective. This year’s crawl starts at 7 p.m. For more information, including locations and times, visit Facebook and look for 8th Annual Santa Charity Pub Crawl.

Community events, such as the Hale Hill Farm Christmas Tree Charity Day and the Santa Pub Tour, ensure science keeps moving forward toward better treatments and, ultimately, a cure. These funds also provide for the continuation of vital programs and services offered by the National MS Society to people in the state living with multiple sclerosis.

For more information on the Hale Hill Farm Christmas Tree Charity Day, click here, call 860-526-8836 or visit For more information on the Santa Pub Crawl and a list of participating pubs and taverns, please contact Kevin O’Connell at 860-995-7206, by email at, or visit the Facebook page of 8th Annual Santa Charity Pub Crawl.


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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