by Rick Griffin
Sycuan Casino has been named the presenting sponsor of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s 18th annual MS Golf Invitational, a fundraising golf tournament starting at 10 a.m. on Monday, May 7, at La Jolla Country Club. The tournament raises funds for MS research at local institutions and programs and services for people with MS, a chronic, unpredictable and disabling disease of the central nervous system with no known cause, cure or prevention. Cost to play in the fundraiser is $750 per person or $3,000 for a foursome which includes green fees, cart, tee prizes, gift bag, raffle prizes, lunch, snacks, beverages, a hosted reception, player awards and after-golf awards dinner. Player spots are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Donations of merchandise and professional services for the opportunity drawing and live auction are welcomed. For more information, visit www.GolfMS.org.
San Diego Chargers head coach Norv Turner, a member of the National MS Society’s board of trustees, is expected to play golf in the tournament and will serve as honorary chair of the fundraiser for his fourth consecutive year. Turner’s mother lived with a severe form of multiple sclerosis. Vicky Turner spent the last years of her life in a wheelchair before passing away in 1989. As a single parent, she raised five children with the help of public assistance and despite the physical limitations resulting from MS. Norv was the middle child. His oldest sister Janis, who lives near Sacramento, also has MS, the most common neurological disease leading to disability in young adults.