The Edmond Sun

June 28, 2013

OMRF “241” events raise more than $605,000 for MS research


Special to The Sun

EDMOND — The Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation raised $605,000 at a pair of events Sunday and Monday. Proceeds from the events will support multiple sclerosis research at OMRF.

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.

On Monday, OMRF had 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.

To learn more about OMRF, visit http://omrf.org.