South Florid­i­ans tee off to fight MS

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TheNa­tional Mul­ti­ple Scle­ro­sis So­ci­ety, South Florida Chap­ter will host the 34th an­nual “MS Golf Tour­na­ment” May 9 at Boca Lago Coun­try Club. Pro­ceeds from the event will be used to fund re­search ini­tia­tives and lo­cal pro­grams for people af­fected by MS.

Cor­po­rate groups and four­somes are in­vited join the event, which kicks off at 7:30 a.m. with a shot­gun start scram­ble and in­cludes putting, clos­est-to-the-pin, long­est drive and hole-in-one con­tests. Dur­ing the day, golfers will be treated to snacks, bev­er­ages and prizes, and each four­some will be joined by a celebrity player. Golfers in the past have been teamed up with Dan Car­pen­ter, Troy Dray­ton, Reg­gie Givens, Jim Ki­ick, Joey Corn­blit, Dar­rell Fulling­ton and Quadtrine Hill.

The tour­na­ment will con­clude with cock­tails, an awards ban­quet, and silent and live auc­tions. Auc­tion pack­ages in­clude a 10-night Caribbean cruise for two on Royal Caribbean In­ter­na­tional, rounds of golf at var­i­ous pre­miere coun­try clubs through­out South Florida, tick­ets to New York Yan­kees games, sports me­mora­bilia and more. To reg­is­ter your four­some or to learn more about spon­sor­ships or vol­un­teer op­por­tu­ni­ties, con­tact Mon­ica Whit­ing at Mon­ica.Whit­ing@nmss.org or 954-731-4224.

Non-golfers can sup­port their loved ones and neigh­bors with MS, too, by par­tic­i­pat­ing in the of­fi­cial tour­na­ment “Pair­ing Party” May 8, from7 to 9 p.m., at Oceans 234 in Deer­field Beach. The cost is $10 and in­cludes a buf­fet, drinks, silent auc­tion and more.

Last year, the golf tour­na­ment raised more than $85,000 to help fund re­search and pro­vide di­rect fi­nan­cial as­sis­tance and ed­u­ca­tional pro­grams to 7,500 South Florid­i­ans liv­ing with the ef­fects of mul­ti­ple scle­ro­sis. Pop­u­lar and im­pact­ful pro­grams of­fered by the chap­ter in­clude newly di­ag­nosed sup­port, well­ness pro­grams, self-help groups, clinic days, fam­ily and emo­tional sup­port, Din­ner with the Doc­tor, Kid’s Camp, Teen Ex­pres­sion, Fes­ti­val His­pano, MS Ser­vice Day and more.

“What could be eas­ier or more fun than rais­ing money for your neigh­bors liv­ing with MS by spend­ing the day on the golf course? So grab your clubs, a few bud­dies and your friendly com­pet­i­tive spirit and help us cre­ate a world free of MS,” said event chair and com­mit­tee mem­ber since 1984, Stu­art Kosh.

“Kosh’s lead­er­ship, pas­sion and com­mit­ment to the so­ci­ety has been a key fac­tor in the suc­cess of this tour­na­ment over the past 20 years. And we thank him for his part­ner­ship and ded­i­ca­tion to the MS com­mu­nity,” said Karen Schneier Dres­bach, chap­ter pres­i­dent of the Na­tional MS So­ci­ety, South Florida Chap­ter.

The “MS Golf Tour­na­ment” spon­sors in­clude ti­tle spon­sor CBMof Amer­ica Inc., pre­sent­ing spon­sor Bio­gen Idec and sil­ver spon­sors Brown & Brown, Evans World­wide Inc., GL Homes, Mercedes-Benz of Co­conut Creek, Tele­com Re­sources of Amer­ica, Unity Per­for­mance Op­tics and VSPOneOp­ti­cal Tech­nol­ogy Cen­ters.

For more in­for­ma­tion, visit www.na­tionalMSso­ci­ety.org.

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