South Floridians tee off to fight MS
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.