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Host your own wrap-around event!

A wrap-around event is a fundraising event that you plan and host – a popular way for individuals and teams to meet their fundraising goals.

  • You can plan any kind of event: a dinner party at your home, a garage or bake sale, a karaoke night, a bowling or poker tournament, a silent auction, etc., and donate the proceeds toward your Walk MS fundraising. 

  • You can also partner with a bar or restaurant for a fundraising night. Ask a local venue if they will pick one night to donate a percentage of their profits to your fundraising. They may even be willing to display MS information or brochures on the tables to help raise awareness, too. There are hundreds of bars and restaurants in our chapter area, so don’t be shy in asking!

The Upstate New York Chapter can support your events in the following ways:


  • Event planning:
    • We can send you material about multiple sclerosis and the National MS Society. Be sure to incorporate the Society’s mission in your event!
    • We can provide the Walk MS logo for you to use (within our branding guidelines). Please note all logo usage must be pre-approved by Society staff.
    • A Society staff member may be able to attend your event.
    • Tell others about your event by posting it to our calendar of  wrap-around events. To submit your event, email the details/flyer to
    • For general questions about fundraising events, contact us at 
  • These documents may help you secure donated items or a venue to host the event:





Fundraise with Facebook  

Change your profile picture to a photo of the Walk MS or National MS Society logo. It’s a constant reminder to your Facebook friends that you’re participating in Walk MS and raising funds for the Society. Send a newsfeed story using "Get the Word Out" and your friends can click directly on your status update to donate to you. Share your story of why you walk, and read stories of other participants. View your personalized fundraising badge, which includes a thermometer that keeps track of your fundraising progress and provides an easy way to check real time fundraising status.

Get your Facebook fundraising started today! Post a link on Facebook to the fundraising page in your Participant Center and let folks know how your Walk MS fundraising is going. Send a message through Facebook to all of your friends and spread the word about your fundraising. You never know who has a connection to MS. Here's a great how-to guide on raising funds through Facebook.

How to Email Your Facebook Friends

Facebook limits your messages to 20 people at a time. To send a fundraising or recruitment email to a large audience you should export your Facebook friends’ email addresses into your personal email or Participant Center. Yahoo recently released a new feature that does this for you. Once you’re logged into your Yahoo account, click on “contacts”, and then select the option to import your Facebook friends. Yahoo will take you through a step-by-step process. If you don’t have a Yahoo account, you can create one to get your Facebook contacts, and then export those email address to any email server of your choice.

Stay Up-to-Date on Walk MS News!

Walk MS Upstate New York is on Facebook. Stay updated with the latest event news and photos by joining the Walk MS Upstate New York page on Facebook.

Follow us and help us build our page! Be sure to post comments, share exciting news, and connect with other friends of the chapter.

If you do not already have a Facebook account, sign up for one at

A Guide to Using Social Media – Tips and Tools


National MS Society - Upstate New York Chapter
1650 South Avenue Suite 100
Rochester, NY 14620
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