The Butler County, Ohio Life with MS Group will host a Holiday Train Display Dec. 6 and 7 as part of the community’s efforts to raise money and awareness for those living with multiple sclerosis.
According to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, the disease affects more than 2.3 million people worldwide. Multiple sclerosis (MS) involves an immune-mediated process in which an abnormal response of the body’s immune system is directed against the central nervous system (CNS), which is made up of the brain, spinal cord and optic nerves.
The Holiday Train Display will be open to all students and community members during the hours of 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. during both of the event’s designated dates.
During this event, Ned Hoelzer, a local accountant and former Miami University professor will open his home to display his two and a half mile model train display for guests.
“This Event continues to delight the young and old alike,” Steve Ramsey, one of the event planners and member of the Butler County, Ohio Life with MS Group, said. “41 trains take the tracks through villages, carnivals, ski slopes, fireworks and many other wonderful scenery to amaze anyone coming to visit.”
According to Ramsey, Hoelzer’s home is filled with a modern art collection including works from Picasso, Rembrandt and Dali. He also has a huge collection of sports memorabilia including rooms of his home dedicated to Bengals, Reds, Steelers and Miami University. There is a video game room provided to entertain children attending the event with their parents.
The cost for the event is $10 per adult and $5 per child under ten. In addition to viewing Hoelzer’s home guests can enjoy baked goods and hot chocolate. On each day of the event raffle items including an iPad will be given away to guests.