MS Achievement Center raises record amount to support adult day program
MSAC's 2019 EBL raises record amount in support of program for people with progressed MS
The 2019 Eat Bid Laugh benefitting the University of Kansas MS Achievement Center generated a record amount of donations to support the unique adult day program for people with progressed multiple sclerosis.
Through a combination of sponsorships, fund-raising, a silent auction and a paddle raise, this year's EBL raised more than $76,000, smashing the 2018 total of $54,000 and far exceeding the previous high mark of $63,000.
EBL also doubled to eight the number of $1,000 donors who stepped forward compared to last year, thanks, in large part, to MSAC member Rick McArthur and his wife, Barbara, whose $5,000 contribution matched the first five $1,000 donors.
"Along with our other annual fund-raiser, Race to Nowhere, Eat Bid Laugh provides 40% of the annual operating expenses for MSAC," said Judy Markwardt-Oberheu, executive director of the MSAC. "Without these events, members would have to pay much more for the program. These funds help keep the program affordable and attainable for even those with no income. It also allows us to maintain an excellent staff."
EBL was Sept. 21 at the Camelot Ballroom in Overland Park. Built around an 80s theme, the event featured a family style dinner, silent auction, paddle raise, and comedy show with comedian Devin Henderson.