To the Valley News:
On May 6, the first Walk MS event was hosted at the US Oval in Plattsburgh. With a goal set for 250, approximately 241 North Country residents participated in a fundraiser supporting a cause important to them. The Walk not only raised awareness but exceeded the financial goal of $29,000 to $48,443.00.
I wish to extend my sincere gratitude to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society/Upstate New York Chapter for accepting my invitation to host a Walk in Plattsbrugh. In addition, I would like to thank Kate Quinn, the NMSS’ Upstate New York Campaign Manager, for her tireless efforts in organizing the Walk. It was a pleasure to assist Kate in planning the Walk and for the opportunity to work on a fundraiser at a national level. Thank you to following organizations for their assistance: Mountain Riders Club, SUNY Plattsburgh’s Project H.E.L.P., Stewart’s Shops, Foster Tent Rentals, Hometown Deli & Bakery, and Mad River Pizza. Thank you to Rick Perry for providing food to attendees and to Susan SantaMaria for her photography services. A special thank you to Zumba Instructor, Ellyn Blaise (Keeseville Zumba Chicks), as well as area instructors and individuals who accepted Ellyn’s invitation to participate in the fundraiser. Thank you to WPTZ or promoting and providing coverage for the Walk.
In conclusion, my sincerest thanks to all of the teams, individuals and volunteers who ventured out to support the event. Great appreciation is extended to Steve Peters, Superintendent of Recreation, for welcoming the first Walk MS to the US Oval.
The Walk was a huge success and we look forward to another in 2013. For more information please refer to http://www.nationalmssociety.org/index.aspx.
Kelly C. Murphy
Au Sable Forks
National Multiple Sclerosis Society/Upstate, New York Chapter/Albany-Rochester