Pam Lind, of New Canaan, and Karen Butler, of Manchester, participated in the 2011 MS Motorcycle Ride Sunday, July 24, at the Outback Steakhouse in Southington.

Lind, who was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2005, saddled up with the Iron Maidens for the 50-mile ride, which attracted, despite intermittent rain showers, more than 525 people and raised more than $36,000. The Iron Maidens sported 34 riders and to date has raised more than $12,000.

Butler, who works for the National MS Society, Connecticut Chapter, captains the Iron Maidens and Band of Brothers MS Motorcycle Ride fund-raising team.

The team will continue to raise funds through Aug. 31 and will host a beer tasting fundraiser with Rock Cats Baseball Foundation on Tuesday, Aug. 9.

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The fundraiser starts at 6 p.m. at the Rock Cats ballpark in New Britain, and will feature various beers, an all-you-can-eat buffet and a game ticket for a $20 donation.

Funds raised will benefit the Rock Cats Foundation and the Iron Maidens fund-raising team. Space is limited.

To RSVP, contact the Rock Cats at 860-224-8383. To pre-purchase tickets, contact Butler at

For more information about the Iron Maidens MS Motorcycle Ride team and its fundraising efforts, visit For more information about multiple sclerosis, its effects and the many ways to get involved, visit