Since 1988, hundreds of thousands of people have taken part in Walk MS events across the country, raising critical funds and awareness for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. This year, the cumulative fundraising is expected to surpass $1 billion.

More than 700 people are expected to raise $76,000 at Walk MS: Fairfield on April 22. This includes the communities of Westport, Easton, Trumbull and Bridgeport.

The event at Jennings Beach starts at 10 a.m., which check in beginning an hour earlier.

The Chamber’s new members

The Fairfield Chamber of Commerce and one of its members, the Black Rock Yacht Club, will host a new member reception and April Business After Hours on April 26, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at 80 Grovers Ave, Bridgeport.

The chamber’s April BAH will be a combined event including the 2017 New Member Reception. In addition to the regular networking aspect of the evening, the chamber is also going to celebrate the chamber’s newest members.

Since July 1, 2016, 80 businesses have joined the Fairfield Chamber of Commerce, plus 55 new FELO (Fairfield Emerging Leaders Organization) members.

New members will have an opportunity showcase their business, displaying their brochures and marketing materials in the lobby area.

The Chamber’s Business After Hours event is an informal, after-work gathering for chamber members, prospective members and guests.

Tickets cost $20 for current members and $30 for future members. Walk-ins will be charged an additional $5. For ticket reservations or more information on this event, call the Fairfield Chamber of Commerce at 203-255-1011 or register at FairfieldCTChamber.com.

SHU Horizons gala on April 22

Horizons at Sacred Heart University marks its sixth year with a special celebration featuring folk singer Tom Chapin and honoring a Fairfield couple on April 22.

Horizons at SHU’s second annual gala will feature a night of food, drink and songs, including a special presentation from the Horizons students at the Sacred Heart’s Martire Business and Communications Center.

Horizons at SHU’s honorees this year are Grace and Ruben Rodriquez, longtime residents of Fairfield who fled Cuba in 1959. Ruben Rodriquez, who died last year, was the CEO and chairman of Bacardi.

Tickets for the event can be purchased at http://alumni.sacredheart.edu/HorizonsGala.

Among the graduates

About 700 students earned their undergraduate, graduate or law degrees at Hofstra University's midyear commencement ceremonies on Dec. 21, including two Fairfield natives. Stephen Liebowitz earned a master’s degree in health administration and John Spinosa earned a bachelor’s degree in business computer information systems.

Help clean up Fairfield

In celebration of Earth Day, which is April 22, Fairfield-based nonprofit Humanity Now will sponsor a town-wide cleanup.

Students, residents and community groups will work together, picking up trash and collecting donations tied to the students’ service work.

Work gloves are recommended and trash bags will be provided by the town.

During the cleanup, Humanity Now will also be raising both awareness and collecting donations to support bringing clean water to undeveloped countries. Proceeds from the recycling of collected bottles and cans at area Stop & Shop stores, which will be generously matched by Aquarion Water Company, will be used to buy water filters for a partner community in Ecuador. Each $35 filter is capable of turning one million gallons of river water into clean, drinkable water, removing the risk of diseases like cholera and typhoid.

Recycled bottle receipts will be collected on April 22 from volunteers and at the Stop & Shop at 1160 Kings Highway Cutoff in Fairfield. Donations are also accepted.

The clean-up is also being held in anticipation of the Fairfield Earth Day Committee’s celebration, which will be held the following weekend, on April 30 from 10 to 3 p.m. at the Fairfield Theatre Company, 70 Sanford St.