Local SUBWAY® Restaurants donate 3,000 sandwiches to Walk MS 20th Anniversary Events

Local SUBWAY® Restaurants are donating 3,000 sandwiches to two Walk MS events on Saturday, April 5. The walks are part of a series of five in the Washington D.C. metro area celebrating the fundraiser’s 20th year.
March 18, 2008 - PRLog -- WASHINGTON, D.C. — Local SUBWAY® Restaurants are supporting two upcoming Walk MS events, hosted by the National Capital Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, with a donation valued at $10,000. Both walks will take place on Saturday, April 5, and are part of a series of five in the Washington D.C. metro area celebrating the fundraiser’s 20th year.

The local restaurants will donate 1,500 sandwiches to each of the walks in the Montgomery County and Washington D.C. areas. Distributed during post-walk celebrations at each event, the sandwiches will feed walkers, volunteers and staff members.

“Subway strives to give back to each community it touches and is proud to join the MS Society’s movement,” Sol Solomita, local SUBWAY® board chair said. “We are proud to be a part of fundraising efforts that will go towards local programs and services benefiting the more than 6,000 people with MS, and their families, in the Washington D.C. metro area.”

According to the National Capital Chapter, approximately 60 percent of the funds raised each year are used at the local level, while 40 percent go towards national research and initiatives.

Walkers can register in advance online at http://www.MSandYOU.org through April 3. Walkers can also register the day of the events, starting at 8 a.m., at the following starting points:

• Montgomery County walk – Westfield Shoppingtown/Montgomery Mall. The walk route will follow the C&O Canal from Great Falls Park to Glen Echo Park.
• Washington D.C. walk – John Marshall Park, 501 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W. Located next to the Embassy of Canada, the chapter’s newest walk route will allow participants to take in a few “capital” sights along the way.

Walkers can begin the route as soon as they check in at each event, and check-in ends promptly at 10 a.m. As walkers complete the route, they will be invited to join the post-race celebration including the free SUBWAY® lunch.

“We are grateful for the support from local businesses like Subway,” Nancy Wlodarski, senior events manager for the National Capital Chapter said. “Their donations help cut down the cost to host the event, allowing more funds to be spent on our actual mission to achieve a world free of MS. Last year, 76 percent of the funds raised were used for research, educational and awareness efforts, and support and other services.”

For additional information about the local SUBWAY® Restaurants’ participation in the Walk MS 20th Anniversary presented by Booz Allen Hamilton, please call Lia Luisi at (919) 463-9680.

To learn more about the Walk MS 20th Anniversary presented by Booz Allen Hamilton, please contact the National Capital Chapter at (202) 296-5363 or at WalkMS@MSandYOU.org.

About SUBWAY® Restaurants
With more than 28,500 locations in 86 countries, the SUBWAY® Restaurant chain is the world’s largest submarine sandwich franchise. In 2002, the SUBWAY® chain surpassed McDonald’s in the number of restaurants open in the United States and Canada. Headquartered in Milford, Conn., the SUBWAY® Restaurant chain was co-founded by Fred DeLuca and Dr. Peter Buck in 1965. Their partnership continues today, making it possible for thousands of individuals to own, build and succeed in their own business. The SUBWAY® brand was recently ranked as the number one global franchise opportunity in Entrepreneur magazine’s 2008 Annual Franchise 500® listing. For more information on SUBWAY® Restaurants, please visit http://www.subway.com.

About the National Multiple Sclerosis Society
MS stops people from moving. The National MS Society exists to make sure it doesn’t. Locally, the National Capital Chapter provides a wide range of vital services in the areas of counseling, education, employment, information and referral, public policy development and advocacy, and financial assistance to the more than 6,000 people with MS and their families who live in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. For more information about MS or the National Capital Chapter, please call (202) 296-5363 or visit http://www.MSandYOU.org.

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