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One-stop Christmas shop

Written by on December 2, 2012 at 2:00 pm

Cyndie's Angels invites you to complete your holiday shopping at 323 Main Street, Oxford, this Sunday, December 2, 2–6 PM at their multi-vendor sale. Their vendors will help you find the perfect gifts for everyone on your list. There will be plenty of specials, cash and carry items and you can place an order to arrive before Christmas. RSVP on Facebook or See their flyer for more details!

Vendors include:

  • 31 (bags & organizers)
  • Scentsy (wickless candles)
  • Lia Sophia (jewelry)
  • Mary Kay (cosmetics)
  • Pampered Chef (kitchenware and cookware)
  • Tupperware (food storage / storage containers)
  • Tastefully Simple (easy to prepare foods)
  • La Casa Spa (new local business opening soon)
  • Velata (fondue)
  • Oxford 300
  • Windchimes by Sarah
  • Clay QT's (handmade custom ornaments and figurines)
  • Oxford Lions Club (first aid kits)
  • Stand up for Laughs (comedy show tickets)
  • Worcester Telegram & Gazette (complimentary papers and discount subscriptions)
  • Fibi and Clo (sandals)

A portion of the sales from this event will be donated to the National MS Society, Greater New England Chapter.

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!

MS Challenge Walk Cape Cod 2013 dates

Written by on September 18, 2012 at 9:00 am

Dear MS Challenge Walk Participants,

In celebration of the Rosh Hashanah holiday, which coincides with the 2013 MS Challenge Walk, the Greater New England Chapter is adjusting the route to offer both a two days and 50 kilometers option, Saturday and Sunday, September 7 and 8, and a three-day option, starting Friday morning, September 6, from the Hyannis Village Green, with a Thursday evening early check-in reception at the Cape Codder Hotel.

We will have two starting ceremonies, one on Friday, September 6 and one on Saturday, September 8.

Rosh Hashanah, the first of the Jewish High Holidays, begins at sundown on Wednesday, September 4, 2013, and ends at sundown, Friday, Sept. 6.

Early arrivals will be received at the Cape Cod Sea Camps Friday evening, Sept. 6. The formal start will take place at the Sea Camps, Saturday morning.

We are very pleased that this temporary change allows the MS Challenge Walk to take place the first weekend after Labor Day, which has been its routine position on the calendar.

The fundraising minimum for the MS Challenge Walk remains $1,500, and participants will continue to receive the support they need to reach their fundraising goal.

A detailed schedule will be published in the Challenge Guide well in advance of September 2013.

We hope you will join us again for the 2013 MS Challenge Walk, September 7 and 8.

This change in distance and days is only for the 2013 season. We look forward to returning to the three-day format in 2014.

Thank you for your understanding of this important change. See you on the Cape in 2013 for a spectacular MS Challenge Walk!

MS Challenge Walk Staff
Greater New England Chapter,
National MS Society

Lori is the Executive Vice President of Resource Development for the Greater New England Chapter of the National MS Society. She has been with the Society for over 10 years. MS Challenge Walk holds a special place in her heart, and every year, it inspires her to continue her work on behalf of the 19,000 people with MS and their families the chapter supports.

Adults-only Halloween party

Written by on October 22, 2011 at 7:00 pm

Team Walk With Wendy invites you to an adults-only Halloween party! The fun starts at the Attleboro Elks Club at 887 South Main Street, Attleboro, MA, on Saturday, October 22, at 7 PM and goes until midnight. Tickets are $20/person or $35/couple and includes a buffet dinner, dancing to the music of SoundSmith Productions, a "Best Costume" contest with a cash prize, 50-50 raffle, and cas bar.

Come have a great time with friends and help us to move one step closer to a cure for MS! Tickets are available until October 17 by emailing teamwww@verizon.net. Tickets for tables sold together may be reserved. Also be sure to RSVP on Facebook.

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!

Fundraising Tip #8: Fourth of July flags

Written by on June 30, 2010 at 9:00 am

Independence Day will soon be here, and with it, fireworks and barbecues. Lest we forget the meaning of the holiday, the Fourth of July is a time for us to celebrate everything that makes our nation great. Why not do so in a way that promotes civic pride, helps your neighbors, and raises funds for MS?

USA flag

Show these colors to earn some green!

One fundraising idea unique to the upcoming holiday weekend is to offer to plant American flags on friends' and families' lawns. Call, email, or visit them sometime this week and tell them that, in return for a donation to the NMSS, you will place flags in their frontyard before the holiday, and remove them after the event. They'll appreciate the opportunity to fly their colors on this patriotic day without being burdened with the landscaping. The donation can be proportionate to the number of flags, or limited only by their generosity.

The cost to you, other than your time, is minimal. Flags can cost less than a quarter each online or less than two dollars at local department or even craft stores. If you get yours before they sell out, you can plant the flags Friday evening or anytime Saturday and remove them on Monday — or whenever your clients wish, if at all. You can collect the donation either when you plant the flags or when you remove them. (Failure to pay should of course result in a cessation of services!)
It's a win-win all around!

Please remember when handling and disposing of the American flag to observe the rules and regulations of the official flag code.

Have a great and safe Fourth of July!

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.

Charity Checks make the perfect holiday gift

Written by on December 4, 2009 at 11:49 am

This month, you may find yourself exhausted from shopping expeditions for the latest knick-knacks to give the loved ones in your life. Or maybe you'll be regifting what you received last year and never found a use for, making room to receive more well-intended but useless junk. Buying more "stuff" and "things" can leave you feeling disconnected from the spirit of the season. So why not give a gift that not only everyone can use and appreciate, but actually will make the world a bit of a better place?

Charity Checks are gift certificates that can be redeemed only by registered 501(c)(3) non-profits. When you order checks — which come in denominations of $25, $50, $100, and $250 — the recipient field is blank. You can then give a Charity Check to anyone as a gift, and they'll fill in their favorite charity's name and mail it to that organization. There is no additional cost or hidden fees or caveats, other than the cost of shipping (usually only $5). Checks can be ordered by check or credit card and ship US Priority Mail usually within two days, in time for the holidays. Plus, your gift will be tax-deductible.

Charity Checks let your loved ones choose the non-profit to benefit from your generosity.

Charity Checks let your loved ones choose the non-profit to benefit from your generosity.

I've been giving Charity Checks every Christmas for six years, and the response has always been phenomenal. They are not only a thoughtful and moving gift, but a timely one, as in today's economy, not all of us are able to give to charity on the scale we'd like. And though it may not be your intention, you may be doing yourself a favor as well: You'd be surprised how many of your loved ones will be so moved by your thoughtfulness that they'll return the favor by donating their newly received Charity Checks back to the NMSS.

The National Multiple Sclerosis Society is one of over 800,000 non-profits in the United States. Every year, MS Challenge Walkers ask their friends and family to support our cause above 799,999 others. This holiday season, consider returning the favor.

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.

Tis the season to send postcards

Written by on December 1, 2009 at 1:28 pm

If you're like me and use postal mailings as part of your fundraising campaign, then you probably keep a pretty exhaustive address book. But people move, and occasionally that book needs to be updated. Fortunately, the holiday season is a great time both to keep in touch and to update your addresses.

As you send holiday cards this month, consider this opportunity to check in on past and potential supporters. There is plenty of overlap between friends, family, and donors, but for those who fall solely in the "donor" camp, they may appreciate a brief note to thank them for their support in 2009 and to remind them that you'll soon be fundraising for the MS Challenge Walk 2010.

This additional holiday task needn't be stressful! An online service like Click2Mail lets you design a postcard online, and they'll print and ship it for you for as little as 43 cents each, which includes all production and postage costs. First Class mail will return the postcard to you if it proves undeliverable, often with a forwarding address you'll be able to use when you send out your next round of fundraising solicitation letters.

Your donors will appreciate hearing from you, and you'll be getting the information and encouragement you need for another year of fundraising. You can do all this for just a few dollars, right from the comfort of your own computer. Your thoughtfulness will truly be in the spirit of the season!

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.