Third Annual MS Golf Classic Raises More Than $127,000 "Fore" A Cure

NORTH STONINGTON, Conn. - The third annual MS Golf Classic, held at the Lake of Isles in North Stonington, Conn., on Friday, Sept. 28, raised more than $127,000 to benefit those in Connecticut battling the potentially debilitating effects of multiple sclerosis (MS), an autoimmune disease affecting the central nervous system.

The third annual event, presented by Dominion and hosted by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Connecticut Chapter, raised the greatest amount in the classic’s three year history, $11,000 more than in 2006. The event was chaired by Jack O'Dea, Strategic World Wide, LLC, and Mark Powers, of Levin, Powers, Brennan, & Shea in Hartford, Conn.

Thirty five foursomes played scramble-style golf on a Rees Jones-designed course. The classic was followed by a cocktail reception, dinner and an auction which included the chance for a foursome to play at Trump National Golf Club in Briarcliff Manor, N.Y. Gerry Cooney, former heavyweight contender, and Rod Gilbert, former right wing for the New York Rangers, also attended the MS Golf Classic.

"We are pleased that the MS Golf Classic was a tremendous success in its third year," said Jack O'Dea, planning committee co-chair. "We thank our committee members, volunteers and every golfer helping us to achieve a record-breaking year for a single cause - to end the effects of multiple sclerosis."

More than 6,000 Connecticut residents battle the effects of MS. Symptoms can include tingling and numbness in the extremities, fatigue, changes in vision, imbalance, pain, speech impairment, and, in some cases, paralysis. There is currently no cure for MS, however, funds raised through chapter events, such as the MS Golf Classic, ensure ongoing scientific research to find a cure and the continuation of vital programs and services offered by the chapter to those diagnosed with MS.

For more information, or to register for the 2008 MS Golf Classic to be held on Friday, Sept. 26, 2008, please contact Kellee Grucci, senior development specialist, at (860) 714-2300, ext. 235, or e-mail


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