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Justin Morneau to hold third Annual Casino Night to Fight Arthritis.



LONGVILLE, Minn., May 31, 2011 – Team LaVallee’s Pro Rider, Levi LaVallee donates auction item for Justin Morneau’s Casino Night to help fight arthritis. Professional baseball player, Justin Morneau, in conjunction with the Minnesota Twins and the Arthritis Foundation Upper Midwest Region, will host the third annual Justin Morneau’s Casino Night. This event will take place Sunday, June 12 from 6–10 p.m. at International Market Square.

Although tickets are sold out for the event night, there will be an online auction which starts Thursday, June 2nd, so be sure to visit MorneausCasinoNight.kintera.org to bid. The auction will include items ranging from gift certificates to professional sports memorabilia. One featured item includes an autographed package from Professional snowmobiler, Levi LaVallee valued at $350. The auction will be available for bidding until Saturday, June 11.

Funds raised support educational and therapeutic programs for children and adults living with arthritis including a family support group, newsletters, and scholarships for Camp M.A.S.H. (Make Arthritis Stop Hurting) and the Juvenile Arthritis Conference.

About Juvenile Arthritis

There are more than 50 million Americans living with arthritis, including more than 300,000 children. Juvenile arthritis is a general term for all types of arthritis that occur in children and more than 5,000 children in Minnesota live with a form of juvenile arthritis. Children may develop juvenile rheumatoid arthritis or childhood forms of lupus, ankylosing spondylitis or other types of arthritis. Children can be diagnosed as early as six months of age. Juvenile Arthritis is one of the most common chronic childhood illnesses, occurring nearly as often as insulin-dependent juvenile diabetes.

About the Arthritis Foundation

The Arthritis Foundation is the only national, nonprofit health organization helping people take greater control of arthritis by leading efforts to prevent, control and cure arthritis and related diseases – the nation’s number one cause of disability.

For more information contact Kelsey McDonough at 651-229-5365 or kmcdonough@arthritis.org.

The mission of the Arthritis Foundation is to improve lives through leadership in the prevention, control and cure of arthritis and related diseases. Our website http://www.arthritis.org/chapters/minnesota/.

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