At Coterie Spark, we encourage personal growth and leadership through philanthropy and volunteerism. We see one of our producers, Kelly, as a prime example of this. As such, we asked her to take a moment to share a little about her involvement with the Multiple Sclerosis Society. We are proud of Kelly’s dedication to support this organization.
The weekend of April 12th to 13th marked the 30th annual BP MS 150- congratulations to the staff, volunteers and of course all those who rode and fundraised. To say these individuals are inspiring is an understatement! That Saturday I spent the day cheering on riders and welcoming them to La Grange, their overnight stop.
As a little background, in 2001 my uncle was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, so the MS Society and the BP MS 150 are personal to me. I am proud to be involved, and I believe in the work that the MS Society does. I rode in the BP MS 150 for five years, and now I contribute my time throughout the year to both the Super Star and Club 300 committees. Beyond the ride weekend itself, some things I have participated in this year include helping to organize the Fundraising Hall of Fame event (a celebration to recognize those who have raised over $100,000 cumulatively for the MS Society), assisting in planning the Club 300 VIP packet pickup, being an advisor at fundraising coordinator meetings and attending various Club 300 & Super Star functions. Because of my involvement I am grateful for the meaningful friendships I have formed with others who are invested in creating a world free of MS.
Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system that disrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and body. The BP MS 150 is a two-day, 180 mile, fundraising cycling ride from Houston to Austin. This ride is the largest event of its kind in North America. In 2013, the event raised more than $18.1 million for MS, Club 300 (comprised of the top 300 fundraisers from last year’s ride) made up $4.6 million of that total. These people are real heroes and I’m honored to get to know them and support them. If you would like to learn more information about the Multiple Sclerosis Society and the work that they do, I encourage you to visit their website at http://www.nationalmssociety.org/.