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Cooks & Chords Culinary Event Fights MS on September 10th

Posted on: August 31st, 2011 by Amy Martin 1 Comment

The 5th Annual Cooks & Chords culinary fundraiser is set for Saturday, September 10th from 6pm-9pm at the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale. Guests will enjoy bites and sips from Valley restaurants while raising money for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. The indoor event will feature culinary station of chef-prepared dishes, beverages (wine, beer and spirits will be available and are included with your ticket) and live acoustic entertainment while attendees browse through raffle and silent auction items.

Current participating restaurants include: Aiello’s East Coast Italian, Barefoot, Blue Adobe Grille, Brio, Cake Café, The Capital Grill, Iruna, Miracle, Mile, Morton’s, and Sierra Bonita Grille.

Entertainment for the evening will be provided from the band Charisma. Raffle prizes will include a staycation at the Xona Resort with golf, spa and much more, a trip to Vegas (includes $500 food voucher, airfare and hotel accommodations) and an Umpire Experience with the Diamondbacks.

What’s special about the event is – some of the participating restaurants and sponsors have personal connections with MS and recognize the importance of funding research for it. Director of Development, Brandee Wessel speaks out about the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, “We help each person address the challenges of living with MS in Arizona. The Society helps people affected by MS by funding cutting-edge research, driving change through advocacy, facilitating professional education, and providing programs and services that help people with MS and their families move their lives forward. MS stops people from moving. We exist to make sure it doesn’t.”

Multiple sclerosis interrupts the flow of information from the brain to the body and stops people from moving.  Every hour in the United States, someone is newly diagnosed with MS, an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system. 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 more than twice as many women as men being diagnosed with the disease. MS affects more than 400,000 people in the U.S., and 2.5 million worldwide. Last year, Cooks and Chords raised over $30,000 to provide programs for people living with MS and fund research towards the cure.

Admission to Cooks & Chords is $75 per person. Tickets can be purchased online at

About the Author - Amy Martin

Author of Her Plate, Amy's love of food, cooking and all things culinary keeps her endlessly plotting what her next meal will be. Her pastimes include creating in (i.e. demolishing) her own kitchen and baking far more sweets than her tiny family could ever eat.

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