DOVER, DE – It was a warm, beautiful evening on Saturday, September 21, 2013 as over 250 women and 60+ volunteers joined forces at Noble’s Pond to “Fight Like Girls” and raise funds for the Delaware Chapter, National MS Society. The “Endless Summer” themed event inspired women to don their Hawaiian shirts, sundresses, and flip flops as they shopped, danced and watched a fabulous fashion show from Christopher & Banks and Louis Marie Bridal.
Models in this year’s Girls Night Out to Fight MS (left to right); Judy Diogo, Tonda Parks, Lynne Schaefer, Cathy Woodhouse, Tammy Ordway, Carolyn Phinney, and Sharon Fields.
Guests were greeted with a complimentary Malibu Bay Breeze and then went on to enjoy a large variety of heavy hors d’oeurves and decadent desserts from Maple Dale Country Club, Odd Fellows Cafe, Abbotts Grill, Main Street Market, Classic Cakes, Circle That Date, An Affair to Remember, Vitale’s and Pizza Delight by Giacomo. Boisset Family Estates donated an assortment of wines for the evening with all proceeds going to the cause.
Colleen Ostafy, Lifestyle Director at Noble’s Pond stated: “What a fantastic time we had on Saturday evening while raising money for the MS Society and having a blast with all our girlfriends. This year’s vendors really gave the women an opportunity to shop – for everything from jewelry to purses to handmade pottery.” And shop they did, as the vendors were all pleased with the results from the evening. A second shopping opportunity was the silent auction with over 45 fantastic items to choose from. Senator Carper donated an American flag that flew over the Capital, Red Frog Events donated four Fire Fly Festival tickets and Knights Jewelry provided a beautiful pearl necklace and bracelet, just to name a few. In addition, many of the Noble’s Pond residents donated craft items, handmade quilts and throws, artwork and more. “The residents are so very generous and we could not host this event without all their volunteer efforts. Everyone involved is so excited about the amount of money that we raised and we can’t wait to start planning our party for next year – save the date – September 20, 2014,” stated Colleen Ostafy.
Girls Night Out carries a lot of significance in the MS Community. Nationally, twice as many women than men are diagnosed with the disease; locally, 73% of those diagnosed with MS are women. “This is a great opportunity for women to fight against Multiple Sclerosis. Proceeds from the event will go directly to MS research as well as local programs and services for the 1550 Delawareans living with the disease,” said Linda Risk, Development Director of Multiple Sclerosis Society, Delaware Chapter.
About Multiple Sclerosis
Multiple Sclerosis, an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system, interrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and body. Every hour in the United States, someone is newly diagnosed with the disease. Symptoms range from numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis. The progress, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot yet be predicted, but advances in research and treatment are moving us closer to a world free of MS. Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, with at least two to three times more women than men being diagnosed with the disease. MS affects more than 400,000 people in the U.S. and over 2.1 million worldwide.
About the National Multiple Sclerosis Society
MS stops people from moving. The National MS Society exists to make sure it doesn’t. We help each person address the challenges of living with MS. In 2012 alone, through our national office and 50-state network of chapters, we devoted $164 million to programs and services that improved the lives of more than one million people. To move us closer to a world free of MS, the Society also invested $40 million to support more than 325 new and ongoing research projects around the world. We are people who want to do something about MS now. Join the movement at nationalMSsociety.org. In Delaware, call (302) 655-5610. Or visit www.MSdelaware.org.