Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada-Quebec Division

Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada-Quebec Division

June 16, 2009 06:00 ET

The Evening in Red Closes a Successful MS Awareness Month: Nearly $45,000 Raised During the Event

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - June 16, 2009) -

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On May 27, World MS Day, a special fund-raising event was held to wind up MS Awareness Month. Two hundred people gathered at Restaurant Baton Rouge on De la Montagne Street in Montreal for the Evening in Red, as the guests of Chris-Ann Nakis, owner and operator of the Baton Rouge restaurants in downtown Montreal, and the Quebec Division of the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada. Various activities were on the agenda for this original, refreshing evening, including a silent auction and a draw for a trip to Aruba. In all, the Evening in Red raised nearly $45,000 to support the search for a cure for multiple sclerosis and improve the quality of life for people who have the disease.

On the Menu: Testimonials and Performances

As Honorary Chair of the Montreal Carnation Campaign, which ended on May 9, Ms. Nakis and her group generously organized the Evening in Red, in conjunction with the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada, Quebec Division. The attendees heard touching testimonials from Alexander Normandin, medical student at McGill University and a participant in the bone marrow stem cell transplant study at the University of Ottawa, and Dr. Jack Antel, Director of the endMS Research and Training Network at the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital. The performances were given by the band Shake and by Karina's Club Lounge interactive circus cabaret. Tango and salsa numbers were also demonstrated by the Ecole de danse Gilles Beaulieu.

MS Carnation Campaign in Greater Montreal

The MS Carnation Campaign is held annually in May during MS Awareness Month. For the three days prior to Mother's Day, thousands of volunteers offer carnations to the Canadian public in exchange for a donation to the MS Society. The MS Carnation Campaign in Greater Montreal, held May 7 to 9, raised over $87,000 through the sale of carnations, collection of donations, the Evening in Red and the Celebrities Booth at Galeries d'Anjou in Montreal.

Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple sclerosis is the most widespread neurological disorder in Canada and mainly strikes young adults between the ages of 15 and 40. In Quebec, between 13,000 and 18,000 people have MS. Three times as many women as men have MS.

For more information or to find out how you can help to end MS, visit or call 1-800-268-7582.

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