Supporters of those diagnosed with multiple sclerosis will gather for Gore’s fourth annual MS Walk at 10 a.m. Saturday.
Shelly Sheffield, one of the event organizers, said the day will begin at the Gore tag office on Main Street at 10 a.m. tomorrow. The event will be held rain or shine; activities will be moved inside the Gore school gymnasium in the event of inclement weather.
“We’ll have hot chocolate, coffee and donuts,” she explained, adding that DJs Darryl and Darryl from Muskogee will provide entertainment.
Sheffield and her six-member committee have collected more than 60 donated items for the silent auction. Among the live auction items up for bid are a 2-night stay at MarVal Campground, a 2-night stay at Blue Doors, a quilt handmade by locals, and a “few surprises,” according to Sheffield. A drawing for a John Deere bicycle, donated by P&K John Deere, will allow everyone to get in on the fun.
“We want everyone to be sure to register, so we can get a count of how many are there this year,” Sheffield added, noting that last year’s event was attended by nearly 300 people.
The Gore event, according to the MS Society, is the largest out of 1,900 walks, based on money raised.
Sheffield said last year’s event raised just shy of $12,000; the goal this year is $1 more than last year’s total.
“Every year we hope to raise one more dollar than we did before,” said Sheffield.
The cause is especially dear to Sheffield, who was diagnosed with MS 29 years ago; her twin sister also has been diagnosed with MS.
“This has been my commitment and my passion,” Sheffield said, noting that the Gore community and surrounding communities are extremely supportive of the cause. “When you’re from a small community and you do business in a small community … there are personal connections you have with the people. That’s why you should shop locally. They care.”
The Gore walk started after the Muskogee walk was canceled by the MS Society due to low participation.
Sheffield said 100 percent of the proceeds from the walk benefit the National MS Society.
Pam Cloud, Managing News Director
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