To the Editor:
On May 6, the first annual Walk MS event was hosted at the US Oval in Plattsburgh. 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 by raising $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 Plattsburgh.
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 of Keeseville Zumba Chicks, as well as area instructors and individuals who accepted Ellyn’s invitation to participate in the fundraiser.
Thank you to WPTZ for promoting and providing coverage of 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 annual Walk MS event to the US Oval.
The Walk was a huge success and we look forward to another event in 2013.
Kelly C. Murphy
Au Sable Forks