OMRF raised $605,000 at a pair of events Sunday and Monday. Proceeds from the events will support multiple sclerosis research at the foundation.
The “241” events—two events for one great cause—consisted of a wine festival and concert at OMRF Sunday followed by a golf tournament Monday at Edmond’s Oak Tree Country Club. Musical performances by Grammy Award-winning Charlie Daniels Band and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and Motown legend Sam Moore capped off Sunday’s events.
Since it opened in 2011, OMRF’s MS Center of Excellence has provided a virtual one-stop shop for more than 2,000 Oklahomans living with the disease. Little is known about the causes of MS, which typically strikes individuals in the prime of life between ages 20 and 40.
“OMRF has created a place where MS research and treatment come together,” said OMRF President Stephen Prescott. “Research produced the only medications available for treating MS today. For us to learn more and do more for those affected by MS, we need to recruit more researchers and physicians to work with us.”
Sunday’s wine-tasting event featured 8 vineyards from California, Illinois and Oregon and cuisine from 8 local restaurants. An auction featured packages ranging from a trip to London for a VIP theater tour to a dove-hunting trip to Argentina to a Napa Valley winery tour.
On Monday, OMRF held a charity golf tournament at Oak Tree Country Club. The golf scramble event drew 201 participants.
Funds from the events will allow OMRF to boost its MS research efforts and recruit additional clinicians to the MS Center of Excellence.
Lead sponsors include the Chickasaw Nation, Chesapeake Energy, Devon Energy, John and Virginia Groendyke, Carl E. Gungoll Exploration, MS Bridge, Presbyterian Health Foundation and Lew and Myra Ward.