Published: Jan 29, 2013 06:00 PM
Modified: Jan 28, 2013 09:25 AM
MORRISVILLE - A new movie theater in town is using its walkway for a good cause.
Stone Theatres’ Park West 14, which opened Friday, partnered with the Greater Carolinas Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. The group is selling bricks to raise money for research and programs to help people with multiple sclerosis and their families.
Engraved bricks cost $75, and 16-inch by 16-inch granite squares are available for $1,500. About 100 bricks and 15 granite square have been sold so far.
The first bricks were to be installed Friday in front of the movie theater at Park West Village.
More than 2,000 bricks are available. Because it is an ongoing project, there is no deadline to purchase the bricks and granite squares.
Each new batch that is sold will be installed quarterly, said Suzanne Bland, the chapter’s vice president of development.
The fight to beat multiple sclerosis, a chronic disease that attacks the central nervous system and can lead to blindness and paralysis, is personal for Stone Theatres owner Herman Stone.
“My own life has been touched by this disease with both a daughter and a son diagnosed with MS,” Stone said in a statement.
The National Multiple Sclerosis Society addresses the challenges ofMS by funding research, advocacy, education and collaborating with organizations around the world.
Multiple Sclerosis affects more than 400,000 people in the U.S. and 2.5 million worldwide, according to the group.
“I’m so excited that Stone Theatres and (developer) CASTO are giving so many people the opportunity to not only support the MS movement, but permanently memorialize that support through this brick campaign,” Jeff Furst, president of local chapter, said in a statement. “ I hope people buy their bricks early because I have a feeling they’ll be going fast.”