National Multiple Sclerosis Society Announces Co-Chairs for Fifth Annual Harvest for a Cure Event on Oct. 10

National Multiple Sclerosis Society Announces Co-Chairs for Fifth Annual Harvest for a Cure Event on Oct. 10

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Elaine and Kari Carlos, Denise Dauphin, Julie Short and Chef Gerry Klaskala Unite Refined Palates with Philanthropic Hearts to Help Those Affected by MS


ATLANTA (Aug. 3, 2018) – The National Multiple Sclerosis Society is hosting its fifth annual Harvest for a Cure event on Wednesday, Oct. 10, and the organization is proud to announce this year’s team of co-chairs who are working diligently to gain support for research that will help treat and end multiple sclerosis globally. Elaine Carlos, Kari Carlos, Denise Dauphin, Julie Short and Gerry Klaskala are all personally committed to helming this gourmet food and wine extravaganza at The Stave Room at American Spirit Works that will fund critical research initiatives and improve the lives of those affected by MS.


“It is an honor to share our time and talents to advance the health and hope of people living with MS,” says Short. “Our goals for Harvest for a Cure are to increase awareness about MS and further worldwide research projects that will end this disease forever.”


Short works in sales and marketing at Affinitiv, a marketing technology company built on advanced analytics and a leading-edge technology platform. She has seen the positive impact that this one-of-a-kind evening can have on those whose lives are touched by MS both on a local level through the Georgia chapter and nationwide.


Likewise, mother and daughter Elaine and Kari Carlos are personally touched by the generosity of spirit displayed during Harvest for a Cure. Both women are on the board of trustees for the National MS Society, and their family has a strong personal connection to the cause: Kari’s father John Carlos, president and chief operating officer of National Distributing Company was diagnosed with MS at the age of 28. As vice president of National Distributing Company, Kari works closely with her father and has co-chaired Harvest for a Cure since 2016, while Elaine has been involved since the event’s inception in 2014.


Dauphin had served on the board of trustees for the Society since 1994 and was diagnosed with MS in her early thirties. She is a partner with Veritas Forensic Accounting LLC where she provides consulting services involving matters in dispute or under investigation.


Joining the Harvest for a Cure co-chairs in bringing together a team of generous volunteers and sponsors that includes Atlanta’s most talented chefs, sommeliers and mixologists is Aria chef/owner Gerry Klaskala, who serves as the event’s chef chair. Klaskala is personally dedicated to raising funds to help those struggling with MS, including his lifelong friend Mike, who was diagnosed at the age of 27.


Harvest for a Cure attendees experience a unique showcase of gourmet food, vintage wines and a luxury silent auction and raffle in an effort to reach a goal of $500,000 to benefit the Society’s global MS research projects. The event begins at 6:30 p.m. at The Stave Room at American Spirit Works (199 Armour Drive NE). All funds raised during Harvest for a Cure help improve the lives of people living with MS by sponsoring local programs and services and accelerating worldwide research projects to help put an end to the debilitating disease. For additional information and sponsorship details, visit


About Multiple Sclerosis:

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 range from numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis. The progress, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot yet be predicted, but advances in research and treatment are leading to better understanding and moving us closer to a world free of MS. Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, with at least two to three times more women than men being diagnosed with the disease. MS affects more than 2.3 million people worldwide. Learn more at


The National Multiple Sclerosis Society:

The National MS Society helps people affected by MS through a 50-state network of chapters. The Society funds cutting-edge research, drives change through advocacy, facilitates professional education, and provides programs and services that address challenges of individuals and families living with MS, helping them move forward in their lives. Fundraising events including Bike MS, Walk MS and the Harvest for a Cure event help improve the lives of people living with MS by raising millions of dollars annually. For more information or to learn how to help end the disabling disease of MS, please visit