The MS Center of SWFL

Celebrates 20 Years in 2020
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The MS Center of Southwest is celebrating its 20th Anniversary. The MS Center is an independent nonprofit organization that provides valuable resources for community members and their families who are affected by multiple sclerosis. The MS Center is a unique community center, supporting mind, body, and spirit.

The MS Center helps patients grow in hope, community, and strength,” says Shannon Diener, MS Center Board Chair, donor, & advocate. “It is a community that helps one another, while keeping their mind and body active so they are more hopeful and stronger.”

The MS Center’s service area of Southwest Florida includes an estimated 5,000 people living with multiple sclerosis, along with their affected family and friends. In 2015, the organization had served 52 people with MS.  

The MS Center now provides services to over 500 people annually. Over half of its clients are over the age of 60. Since MS affects women three times more than men, the client base at the MS Center is 85% women. 

“When you walk in the door of the MS Center, there is a positive energy, comradery, and peace. It is amazing to meet other people with MS in a positive atmosphere and be able to give back,” says Lynn S, client of MS Center.

Support the 20th Anniversary Campaign!

Donate a gift of $200 or more and you will be recognized on our 20th Anniversary Campaign Plaque on our new Historical Wall at the MS Center.

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Linda and Ken Sumner,
Art Therapy Program Annual Sponsors

“It’s so important for people to have a place to go, so they’re not isolated or overwhelmed. The MS Center is critical for people who may not have access to help any other way….” Linda Sumner.

In November we will kick off the MS Center’s 20th Anniversary Celebration and Campaign!

To commemorate this important milestone we have created the MS Center’s 20th Anniversary Commemorative Book. Major supporters of the MS Center will receive a complimentary copy of the book this November. 

We have several activities planned November 2020 through April 2021 to celebrate and support the MS Center.

20 in 2020

Nov. 30

Supporters will receive the MS Center’s 20th Anniversary Commemorative Book

Dec. 4-7

Tory Burch Shopping Days to benefit the MS Center of SWFL. Watch your email for more information.

Dec. 1 - Mar. 1

Supporters of the MS Center Hold Private Events to Support the 20th Anniversary Campaign

Jan. 17 - 24, 2021

“A Vintage Affair” Luxury Online Auction.

Apr. 22, 2021

The 20th Anniversary Reception to honor supporters. A ceremony will take place to reveal the MS Center’s Historical Timeline Wall.

Kay Jasso, Executive Director

Kay with therapy equipment

Photo by Nichole Raucheisen,
Naples Daily News

Kay Jasso, Executive Director of the MS Center, clarifies the uniqueness of the MS Center’s mission, “National organizations focus on research and their mission is to find a cure, while the MS Center is local “boots on the ground”, with the goal of having a direct impact on the day to day life of people suffering with MS.”

About

Multiple Sclerosis Center of Southwest Florida

The Multiple Sclerosis Center of Southwest Florida is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that has served the community since 2000. Its mission is to improve the quality of life for those in Southwest Florida affected by multiple sclerosis. Services include specialized exercise classes, care coordination, art therapy, mental health counseling, support groups, connection to resources, and educational activities.

The MS Center is not a chapter of a national organization. All donations received stay here in Southwest Florida to serve our local community.