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Dining to Donate at the Hilton Garden Inn

Written by on May 30, 2012

Bring your appetite to The Great American Grill at the Hilton Garden Inn in Devens any evening (5–10 PM) from June 1 through September 10 and support a great cause. Download this voucher and present it when ordering for 15% of your dinner bill to be donated to the National MS Society through the Blister Buddies MS Challenge Walk Team. "We're proud to support the Blister Buddies team by helping them to raise money to end the devastating effects of multiple sclerosis," says Jon Mehlmann, general manager of the Hilton Garden Inn.

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Texas Roadhouse 20% Fundraiser!

Written by on Jul 26, 2011

Texas Roadhouse flyerPlease join Team Walk With Wheels for a dinner at Texas Roadhouse in Worcester, MA. On Wednesday, July 27, 20% of all orders will be donated to our MS Challenge Walk fundraising! You will need to download and print the flyer and bring it with you and present it at the time of your order.

This is the events calendar, featuring official NMSS rallies and meetings as well as volunteer-sponsored fundraisers. Want to see your event listed here? Please submit the details, and we'll add it!

Team captain update & registration discount

Written by on Jan 10, 2011

Greetings, MS Challenge Walk Team Captains —

It is truly amazing that this year will be the 10th Annual MS Challenge Walk! Because of you, we have raised over $11.5 million towards a cure. Although we will be celebrating this incredible achievement at the MS Challenge Walk on September 9–11, 2011, our friends and family still need us to once again join forces and continue the movement towards a world free of MS.

I am constantly moved by your commitment to our cause and honored by the the new friends made during my involvement as a participant in the annual MS Challenge Walk. As leaders, the future growth of this event begins with us.

As ambassadors for the Walk, recruiting new teams and team members remains critical in moving forward. Advancing the network through recruitment and coaching our team members is equally important as raising the money that you all do individually. More walkers mean more revenue for our cause and we can never afford to lose momentum. To help our teams recruit, our chapter would like to offer a special discount code for team captains to pass along to team members. This discount code will entitle the team member to $25 off the $75 registration fee when registering for the MS Challenge Walk on our Web site.

Please use and share this discount code: TEAM25

Your success is our team success and our success helps the individuals and families living with MS in Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Vermont. Just this year, there have been three new medications approved for the treatment of multiple sclerosis by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration, including the first oral disease modifying MS therapy.

I want to personally thank you for your past participation in the MS Challenge Walk and affording me the opportunity to participate — my family remains grateful. With each step you and your team members take and each dollar you raise, you truly propel promising research that will ultimately lead to a world free of MS.

Feel free to contact Kara Kelley or me via email or at 978-314-2338 for any information or assistance that you need to help in growing your team.

Kevin Lombardi
MS Challenge Walk Steering Committee Member
Team Co-Captain,
The Lombardi Party

Kevin lives on the North Shore with his family. He first walked in 2005 to honor his brother's battle with MS. In 2006, he created the Lombardi Party Challenge Walk Team. Today, he is the co-captain of the team and walks in memory of his mother, Carmella, who was also afflicted by the disease. This year will be his sixth MS Challenge Walk.

Fundraising Tip #7: Restaurant nights

Written by on Jun 23, 2010

In this challenging economy, one expense many people eliminate is eating out. But what if they knew they could enjoy this luxury while benefitting a good cause? You can give them this opportunity courtesy the many restaurants that offer fundraising programs.

These programs usually require you to select a specific restaurant chain, location, and date, and then promote the event to your friends and family. When they eat at that restaurant on your designated date, a certain percentage of their bill will be donated to your cause. It's a win-win!


Fundraising with food can be fun!

Sometimes your diners will need to turn in a specific coupon with their bill to mark it as being a part of your fundraiser. Other restaurants require no such paperwork and simply donate a portion of all of their patrons' purchases to the cause. Though the latter method is sometimes a lower percentage, the greater number of patrons that are eligible for the promotion makes it worthwhile. It also dramatically reduces your workload, as you no longer need to distribute a coupon.

If you do go the coupon route, know that they can not be handed out on or near the premises of the restaurant. Instead, try photocopying it and handing it out to all your friends, as well as leaving piles of coupons in highly trafficked areas, such as a bank, church, or city hall (with permission, of course!). Scan the coupon into your computer so you can email it to your friends. Also be sure to submit your fundraising night to our event calendar so that we can post the coupon for anyone to download. One thing you should not do is spend more money advertising the event than you expect to make!

To find out if a restaurant offers such a program, visit their Web site and look for a link to "Community", "Philanthropy", or "Fundraising" (if you're using Google, note that some sites spell it as two words — "Fund Raising"). To get you started, here are some restaurants that will donate to your cause:

Some restaurants don't offer these programs but will donate gift certificates for you to use as raffles:

One you've scheduled your event, be sure to be there that night to greet your supporters. You may want to further motivate them to come out to eat by offering raffle prizes to anyone who shows up!

Several MS Challenge Walk teams are holding fundraisers this summer, including the 'Soopah Wicked Wahkahs and Dad's Team. If you need an example of how to go about running these events, look to these teams that have blazed a trail!

Ken joined the MS Challenge Walk in 2005, more than a decade after his mother was diagnosed. After walking for three years and 150 miles, he switched to the support crew and now rides his bicycle along the trail, providing whatever encouragement (and snacks!) he can to the 600 walkers. He is also an alumnus of the event's steering committee and is this site's webmaster.