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Heidi Newfield

The National Multiple Sclerosis Society Mid-South Chapter will hold its 11th Annual Women Against MS Luncheon presented by Saint Thomas Health on Thursday (Feb. 21) from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. To commemorate the 11th anniversary of the event, the honorary chair for this year is local country music artist Heidi Newfield. Newfield’s mother suffered from Multiple Sclerosis, and the singer-songwriter will share her story as well as a song that was written in honor of her mother. In addition to Newfield, a featured speaker will be Ronda Giangreco, author of The Gathering Table: Defying Multiple Sclerosis with a Year of Pasta, Wine & Friends. With steaming plates of pasta, Giangreco attempted to triumph over Multiple Sclerosis one week at a time.

“This event brings women together, some who are living with MS and some who’ve lived through it with a friend or family member. Others simply have a passion for helping others. What we end up with is a room full of empowered women who can truly make a difference in creating a world free of MS,” said Mid-South Chapter President Stacy Mulder.

Tickets are $65 each. All proceeds will go toward funding local patient programs and national research focused on finding the cause and cure for MS.

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Michael Martin Murphey

Michael Martin Murphey will perform a round robin benefit with his son, Grammy-nominated producer Ryan Murphey, on Thursday, (Jan. 17). The event will take place at Two Old Hippies at 5:00 p.m. CT.

The show will benefit the Fiona Rose Foundation, named for Fiona Rose Murphey (Ryan’s daughter), who suffers from Osteogenesis Imperfecta, a congenital condition that causes extremely fragile bones.


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