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Powerful People Promoting High Ideals
The MS Leadership Class fundraising campaign was established by the Alabama - Mississippi Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society to honor senior level professionals for their outstanding contributions to the business, civic, and cultural betterment of local areas. The Alabama - Mississippi Chapter started this event in 1994 by honoring community leaders for promoting high ideals with a definite sense of purpose, for taking pride in a job well done and for making this community a better place.
The members of the MS Leadership Class campaign have demonstrated the ability to make a difference in the quality of the lives of others. Because of their efforts, these leaders were invited to partner with the National Multiple Sclerosis Society in its movement to create a world free of MS. Through participation in the campaign, members have an opportunity to build a network with other business professionals who are also committed to a vision of a better community and a better world. Each year, the Class event has grown in dollars raised. A total of more than $2.1 million has been raised since the event’s inception. This money is used to fund vital research in multiple sclerosis and to provide important programs and services to people with MS and their families.
The Stand Against MS
Summertime fun for all
From July 17th until July 31, 2015, volunteers across Alabama and Mississippi will set up old-fashioned lemonade stands and donate all the proceeds earned back to the National MS Society, Alabama-Mississippi Chapter.
Choose a date during the two weeks in July that is convenient for your family, business, or school/civic group and set up a Stand! You can have the Stand any day of the week or even more than once during the two week period.
The Chapter provides Buffalo Rock's SunFresh Lemonade and Bud's Best Cookies for each stand to sell. We will also provide a yard sign, youth size T-Shirts, donation jar, pre-event advertising flyers for your stand to distribute and info about MS/thank you receipts to give to donors. You will be able to pick-up the supplies in Birmingham, Jackson, Mobile, & Huntsville during the week of July 13 - 17.
We ask that each Stand set a minimum fundraising goal of $300 (based on the amount of product you will receive) and to exchange each bag of cookies and can of lemonade for a suggested donation of $3.
FIRST, click on the registration link at the top of the page above or CLICK HERE and sign up to host a Stand.
NEXT, you will receive an email with instructions describing how to create a user name and password to log into your "participant center" at our website.
From your participant center, you can take advantage of our online fundraising tools. You can upload your email address book, upload a photo of your stand (especially helpful for post-event fundraising targeting people who live out-of-town or who coudln't make it to your stand), tell a personal story or connection to MS and even send out suggested messages directly from the site (advertising your stand or asking for donations). We can even take credit card donations at this site!
HOSTING A SUCCESSFUL "STAND":
Children in particular love this event and like being able to "run" their very own lemonade stand
Your Stand can be set up at a location of your choice - at your business, school, church, home, office, community pool....anywhere! High traffic areas (especially areas with a high level of foot-traffic) are ideal. We've had stands in front of Wal-Mart, Belk, malls and shopping centers, book stores and grocery stores.
CLICK HERE to download a VOLUNTEER MANUAL that will give you tips and ideas to make your "Stand" great.
After you have sold all the items that come with your Stand package, the proceeds are turned in to our office (813 Shades Creek Parkway, Suite 100B - Birmingham, AL 35209). Since we provide the supplies, the volunteer group just has to "run" the Stand and provide the table, chairs and a cooler to ice the lemonade. The lemonade is canned, so there is no messy mixing and the cookies are individually packaged.
Hosting a lemonade "Stand Against MS" is an easy and fun way to raise money for our cause, while teaching your family or group about the importance of community service.