(Feb. 15, 2019) The second annual Manny’s Fanny Multiple Sclerosis Benefit will take place Saturday, Feb. 16, at Duffy’s Tavern on 130th Street, in the Montego Bay Shopping Center, from 2-6 p.m.

Manny Lopez, 58, of Ocean City, was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis 25 years ago. Since then, he has made it his mission to raise awareness about the disease.

“I’ve been active about communicating and making people aware and trying to help out those who are less fortunate who suffer with the disease,” Lopez said. “I do a lot in Florida and that is where Manny’s Fanny started, then I bought a place here in Ocean City and live here full time. The town is very small [in the offseason] and I got to know a lot of folks. Everybody was just willing to help. I was overwhelmed.”

Last year, the inaugural benefit collected over $7,000 for the MS Society. More than 150 guests filled the bar for the event.

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Ocean City resident Manny Lopez, 58, was first diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis 25 years ago. Lopez organizes benefits to raise awareness about the disease.

The benefit will offer happy hour prices as well as a chance to win several prizes in the Chinese auction. Prizes include golf and spa packages, alcoholic beverages, tickets and memorabilia for the Baltimore Ravens and Washington Redskins, hotel stays and gift cards from local businesses. Guests can also buy tickets for a 50/50 raffle.

“Everybody rallies around these causes in our town,” Duffy’s owner Matt Bayline said. “There’s hundreds, thousands of worthy causes out there, but this one we see every day and it affects us and it’s just close to home for us. In eight years, I’ve seen what this disease can do to someone. [Manny’s] mind is sharp, but his body is failing him. I don’t know much about the disease, but we just have a personal connection.”

During the benefit, Lopez will conduct a “State of Address,” explaining MS and how it affects the body as well as where to send donations.

“Duffy Tavern is a local business that people have been frequenting for many, many years,” Lopez said. “When they decided to take this cause under their wing, I do believe that most people who attend just want to be a part of something that benefits a lot of folks. I think, in my heart, that’s the nuts and bolts of it. This is their way of doing something to help the cause.”

Tickets for the Chinese auction and 50/50 raffle must be purchased onsite. There is no cost to attend the benefit. 

For more information, call Duffy’s Tavern at 410-250-1449.

Multiple Sclerosis is an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system that disrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and body.

Symptoms may include numbness or tingling, dizziness or vertigo, walking difficulties, depression, speech and swallowing problems, hearing loss, breathing problems and tremors.

To learn more about Multiple Sclerosis, visit www.nationalmssociety.org/Symptoms-Diagnosis/MS-Symptoms.

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