STAMFORD, Conn. – The National MS Society, Connecticut Chapter, has announced three sports honorees for the 35th Annual MS Dinner of Champions, which will take place on Wednesday, Nov. 20, at the Hilton Stamford Hotel in Stamford.
Since the first MS Dinner of Champions, the event has honored outstanding corporate leaders and the most prominent champions in sports.
This year’s sports honorees include Mike Richter, former New York Rangers ice hockey goaltender, Brian Leetch, retired American professional ice hockey defenseman who played 18 National Hockey League seasons with the New York Rangers, Toronto Maple Leafs and Boston Bruins, and Damon Harrison, current New York Jets defensive tackle.
The 2013 MS Humanitarian Award will be presented to Barry Sternlicht, Chairman and CEO of Starwood Capital Group, the private investment firm Sternlicht formed in 1991 with a focus on global real estate, hotel management, energy infrastructure and securities trading.
Randy Falco, president and CEO of Univision Communications Inc., will also be honored that evening for his outstanding leadership and bestowed the MS Hope Award.
Emmy Award winner Armen Keteyian, News Correspondent with CBS News, will serve as this year’s MS Dinner of Champions master of ceremonies.
Last year, more than 200 people attended the black tie optional event, which raised more than $250,000. Since its inception, the MS Dinner of Champions has raised more than $7 million for the fight against multiple sclerosis.
Funds raised through National MS Society events ensure ongoing scientific research to help develop better treatments and a cure for multiple sclerosis. Funds also provide for the continuation of programs and services offered by the Connecticut Chapter.
The MS Dinner of Champions, established in 1978, honors champions of the business and sports industry making a difference in their organizations and communities. Past honorees hail from companies such as include Ernst & Young, IBM, Louis Dreyfus, Mutual of America, Pfizer and Xerox Corporation as well as both local and national sports figures Steve Young, Joe Namath, Frank Gifford, John Starks, Billie Jean King, Mary Lou Retton and Bobby Valentine.
The event includes a pre-event cocktail reception, exciting live and silent auctions and an awards ceremony.
For more information on the 35th Annual MS Dinner of Champions, visit www.ctfightsMS.org.