Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Fundraising With Fries

Posted By on Wed, Apr 7, 2010 at 10:00 AM


When it comes to rationalizing my frequent high-calorie indulgences, I'm rarely at a loss for material. It's easy: I ran a half-marathon two days ago. I did CPR for 10 minutes; I was up all night at work; I sat in a recliner all day at work. It's easy.

But at 8 p.m. last night, I didn't have to come up with my own reason for scarfing a gigantic bowl of yam fries smothered in blueberry ketchup. Boise Fry Company was hosting yet another of its weekly "Tuesday non-profit nights," wherein 20 percent of the evening's revenue is donated to the good cause du jour. I had been alerted to this evening's event by a friend who works for CBH Homes, which is the title sponsor of Walk MS—"the rallying point of the MS movement; a community coming together to raise funds and celebrate hope for the future." Multiple sclerosis is a sometimes hard-to-diagnose, chronic, disabling disease that attacks the central nervous system. It's thought to affect more than 2.1 million people worldwide, and there's no cure.

On Saturday, April 17, Walk MS comes to Idaho to provide participants with an opportunity to build fitness on two feet while raising money for research and education about multiple sclerosis. If you missed your chance to donate by eating fries (with burgers on the side), consider registering for Walk MS at Last-minute types can register on the day of the walk from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. at Julia Davis Park.

If walking isn't your thing, CBH staff are also selling chic handmade necklaces (to the right of the yam fries in the picture) to bolster the fund-raising effort. At just $10 each, you don't have to exert or indulge to support the search for a cure.

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