MS Society redirects focus to next fundraiser

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August 18, 2015 8:15 AM

Jaime Polmateer Photo Lakeland regional director of the MS Society, Johanna Green, says they had to cancel the MS Poker Rally on Aug. 15 due to inclement weather but would like to focus people's good intention to the Cruisin' to End MS event on Aug. 27. - Jaime Polmateer

The miserable weather over the weekend resulted in the cancelation of this summer’s third annual Lakeland MS Poker Rally, but the Lloydminster Chapter of the MS Society used the situation to focus people’s attention on the next big fundraising event.

Lakeland regional director Johanna Green says they cancelled the poker rally, which was scheduled for Aug. 15, out of safety concerns for participants due to the heavy rain but people who wanted to help out still can.

“We had to make a decision to cancel this year’s Lakeland MS Poker Rally. With that being said we want to redirect people’s good intentions to support MS and are encouraging people to come out in full force on Thursday, Aug. 27 for A&W Cruisin’ to End MS Day, which takes place at A&Ws all across the country, including all locations here in Lloydminster, Vermilion and beyond,” said Green.

On Cruisin’ to End MS Day a dollar from every Teen Burger sold goes to the fight against multiple sclerosis. However, people who want donate don’t necessarily have to wait until Aug. 27 as they can do so presently at any A&W outlet.

The MS Society has a national partnership with the burger chain and this year marks the seventh that the two have been working together. During those seven years they have raised over $6.5 million for MS and last year was the most profitable to date for the Cruisin’ to End MS event in the Lloydminster and surrounding area.

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“We had tremendous fundraising results so it’s something that we aim for, year over year improvements, and we have faith that this community will step up. There’s not an easier way to support a good cause than having to have a mandatory Teen Burger, or two, or three, on a given day,” Green said. “I just want to encourage people to come out, maybe for offices to have a staff Teen Burger lunch that day, and to have people bring out there families that night here at the Cornerstone location.”

There will also be some activities lined up that day including a chance to dunk some local media celebrities in a dunk tank. The Just Cruizin Car Club is also going to have a car show with some nice rides on display and people will have a chance to go for a cruise in some of them at the price of a small donation.

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