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$30,000 Awarded to Support Kershaw Commons and Local National Multiple Sclerosis Society Chapter

The New Jersey Metro Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society has been awarded $30,000 by OceanFirst Foundation of Toms River to support the residents of Kershaw Commons, the East Coast’s first accessible, affordable rental residency for people needing specialized services. The final $10,000 installment of this three-year grant enables the chapter to provide educational and recreational programs and services for those living with multiple sclerosis at Kershaw Commons and the surrounding community.

 

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. Symptoms range from numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis, and the progress, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot yet be predicted.

 

Through programs and services, such as wellness classes, one-on-one consultations, self-help groups and social programs, the chapter works to empower those living with MS. With the funds secured from OceanFirst Foundation, the chapter conducted such programs on-site at Kershaw Commons for residents and community members living with MS.

 

“We truly appreciate the OceanFirst grant that allows the chapter to provide educational and social programs for people with MS,” said Lisa Torre-Janssen, manager of programs for the chapter. “It’s wonderful how everyone at Kershaw is able to stay connected with their families and friends in this community through these activities.”

 

One resident, Frank DeMonico, knows firsthand the importance of such on-site chapter activities. Frank was diagnosed with MS in his early twenties. Once a prominent musician – DeMonico was a member of the Rutgers University marching band and Monmouth Country Orchestra – DeMonico had to stop playing clarinet after he lost dexterity in his fingers. Feeling disconnected after his move to Kershaw Commons, DeMonico attended a chapter-sponsored self-help group, and became a repeat guest. DeMonico now attends music therapy classes, volunteers through the chapter’s Computer Outreach Program and is a self-help group regular.

 

“These special programs at Kershaw Commons have helped me find my self-worth again,” DeMonico said. “I am so glad that the NJ Metro Chapter received support from OceanFirst so these valuable programs can exist and help so many of us manage the effects of MS every day.”

 

 

 

Since its founding in 1902, OceanFirst Bank (www.oceanfirst.com) has built a solid reputation and legacy as a good neighbor and responsible corporate citizen. The Bank’s strong commitment to helping families, organizations, schools and communities throughout central New Jersey meet their financial needs has spanned several generations reaching new heights in 1996 with the creation of OceanFirst Foundation. The Foundation provides grants to organizations that meet community needs within the OceanFirst market area. Since its inception, OceanFirst Foundation has contributed more than $25 million to over 600 local charities and schools in Ocean, Monmouth and Middlesex counties. To learn more about OceanFirst Foundation visitwww.oceanfirstfdn.org.

 

About the New Jersey Metro Chapter

The New Jersey Metro Chapter of the National MS Society is committed to helping the more than 10,000 people living with multiple sclerosis in Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth, Morris, Ocean, Passaic, Somerset, Sussex, Union and Warren counties. The chapter raises funds locally to support the Society’s critical research initiatives and to provide hundreds of comprehensive support services and educational programs for people living with MS, their family and friends.

 

About the National Multiple Sclerosis Society

The Society addresses the challenges of each person affected by MS. To fulfill this mission, the Society funds cutting-edge research, drives change through advocacy, facilitates professional education, collaborates with MS organizations around the world and provides programs and services designed to help people living with MS and their families move forward with their lives. In 2013 alone, through its national office and 50-state network of chapters, the Society devoted $121.9 million to its programs and services that assisted more than one million people. To move us closer to a world free of MS, the Society also invested $48 million to support over 380 new and on-going research projects around the world. The Society is dedicated to achieving a world free of MS. Join the movement at www.nationalMSsociety.org.

 

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. 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 2.3 million people worldwide.

 

National Multiple Sclerosis Society HOSTS FIRST EVER MS CLIMB TO THE TOP

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Volunteers from New York Sports Club test out the MS Climb to the Top course at Mack-Cali’s Harborside Plaza 5 in Jersey City. The event will take place on November 15.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The New Jersey Metro Chapter, of the National Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society will host its first Climb to the Top race on November 15, 2014 at Mack-Cali’s Harborside Plaza 5 Building to benefit the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Climb to the Top challenges stair-climbers and exercise enthusiasts alike to climb 33 flights of stairs in a chip-timed event to help raise money for local programs and services for those affected the disease and to support cutting-edge research and treatments to stop progression, restore function, and end MS for future generations.

The Climb takes place at Mack-Cali’s Harborside Plaza 5, 185 Hudson Street in Jersey City. The site will open at 12PM and the first wave will go off at 1PM. Waives will be assigned approximately one week prior. Medals and prizes are awarded for top times and fundraisers. Each entrant pays a $35 registration fee, and is required to raise at least $250 in contributions. There are general, competitive, and firefighter divisions at scheduled, pre-assigned intervals. Following the climb, participants and their friends/families will celebrate their accomplishments at an after-party at Henry’s on the Hudson across the street to enjoy food, drinks, and a view of the NYC skyline. Individuals and teams can register to climb online, at eventnjm.nationalMSsociety.org, or by calling 1-800-344-4867. Volunteers are also needed.

Multiple Sclerosis interrupts the flow of information between the brain and body and can stop people from moving forward in their lives. 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, but teenagers and even children as young as 2 have developed the disease. More than twice as many women as men have MS, which affects 2.3 million people worldwide.

The National MS Society helps each person address the challenges of living with MS. The New Jersey Metro Chapter works to improve the quality of life for people affected by MS living in Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth, Morris, Ocean, Passaic, Somerset, Sussex, Union, and Warren counties and raise funds for critical MS research.

Early and ongoing treatment with an FDA-approved therapy can make a difference for people with multiple sclerosis. Learn about your options by talking to your health care professional and contacting the National MS Society at www.nationalmssociety.org/Chapters/NJM, or 1-800-344-4867.

 

Mack=Cali's Harboside Plaza 5 building will host the upcoming MS Climb to the Top event on November 15.

Former White House Chef’s to Prepare and Share Food and Stories Forks and Corks: A White House Dinner to Benefit National MS Society

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The National Multiple Sclerosis Society is thrilled to announce our newest food and wine tasting event, Forks and Corks: A White House Dinner, to be held Saturday, September 27 at the Forsgate Country Club in in Monroe Township, NJ. Every year, the White House hosts many dinners, each honoring an individual or group of individuals, this particular evening the dignitaries of our White House dinner are those living with multiple sclerosis.

This event will offer culinary enthusiasts the unique opportunity to dine on some of the White House’s signature dishes prepared by former White House Chef’s Guy Mitchell and Woody Raber.  In addition to preparing White House recipes both Chef Mitchell and Chef Raber will explain presidential protocol for food preparation; share stories about presidents and unusual menu requests; and talk about and display mementos collected during their service to former presidents.

The evening will begin at 6:00 PM with a champagne reception. In addition to our White House Chefs presentation the event will feature raffles, a silent auction and a inspirational message by Johnetta Alston Lake. Johnetta is an author, singer/songwriter, talk show host, publisher, recording artist, certified presentation/life coach and a person living with multiple sclerosis.

All are welcome to come out to this fabulous evening and eat like a dignitary!  Don’t miss you’re your opportunity to try White House signature dishes such as Chicken Kennebunkport or Chocolate Freedom prepared by former White House Chefs! Tickets are $100 per person and all the proceeds go to support the National Multiple Sclerosis Society in their movement towards a world free of multiple sclerosis. For more information or to order tickets for Forks and Corks, call Karen Drzik at: 732-660-1005 or on the web at www.nationalMSsociety.org/NJM

 

Multiple sclerosis is an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system which interrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and body. Symptoms range from reduced or lost mobility to numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis.  The progress, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot yet be predicted.  Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, with at least two to three times more women than men having the disease.  MS affects over 2.3 million worldwide.