Founded by Dave Gearing who has battled multiple sclerosis for nearly 30 years, the foundation has grown to be a year-round charitable organization. Through its sponsorship of golf outings, book fairs, crab feasts, and other events, the foundation has contributed over $400,000.00 towards finding a cure.
At the same time, the Foundation has educated the public about the pervasiveness of autoimmune disease in American society, the cost of treatment, the proximity of a comprehensive cure and the benefits we all will experience as individual cures are found.
Over his high school and college years, Gearing held several positions at the local golf course ranging from greens keeper to bartender. After graduating from law school Gearing was afflicted with Multiple Sclerosis and was forced to retire from the federal government several years ago.
“MS research is at a critical juncture and anything I can do to help move the research along helps me and others suffering from MS,” said Gearing. “As one of the first people to play Montgomery Village, I can tell you that not only will we be doing important work but everyone who participates will have a good time for a great cause.”
Gearing hopes to raise $10,000.00 to support the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. In exchange for their entry fee, golfers will receive an embroidered golf shirt and hat as well as assorted other gifts and be hosted by Gearing at a barbeque dinner after completing their round. In addition, all golfers will have a chance to enhance their winnings or to receive other prizes through challenges presented to them on various holes. “Every dollar contributed by the golfers will help bring a cure that much closer,” Gearing emphasized.
Many businesses in the area are sponsoring individual holes around the course. In addition, generous support has been received from friends of Mr. Gearing. Gearing’s intention is that the tournament will occur annually and that the tournament’s contributions to MS research will increase as the years go by.