STAMFORD, Conn. – The National MS Society, Connecticut Chapter, has named former Connecticut resident Randy Falco, president and CEO of Univision Communications, Inc., as the 2013 MS Hope Award honoree at this year’s Annual MS Dinner of Champions, which will be held Wednesday, Nov. 20, at the Hilton Stamford Hotel in Stamford.
Univision Communications, Inc., is the leading media company serving Hispanic America. With Falco’s guidance, the Company has undergone a strategic expansion making great strides in its transformation to a leading multiplatform media company and building a deep portfolio of broadcast, cable, digital and radio platforms. In the last several years, Univision Network has become a fierce contender in the mainstream media marketplace, and routinely attracts more viewers than the English-language broadcast networks. Under Falco’s leadership, Univision also launched UVideos, the first bilingual digital network, forged a partnership with ABC to launch "Fusion," a 24-hour, English-language cable news network for Hispanic audiences, as well as a partnership with renowned filmmaker Robert Rodriguez to launch the El Rey Network, among many other accomplishments.
Falco spent more than 30 years with National Broadcasting Company (NBC). As president of the NBC Universal Television Network Group, he served as COO of NBC 2002 Winter Olympics, the 2000 Summer Olympics, the 1996 Summer Olympics and the 1992 Summer Olympics, receiving multiple Emmy Awards for each. Following his tenure at NBC and prior to joining Univision, Falco served as chairman and CEO of AOL, Inc. Falco also sits on the board of Ronald McDonald House and the Museum of The Moving Image.
Falco received a Master of Business degree in finance and a Bachelor of Science degree, also in finance, from Iona College. In 2001 he received an honorary doctorate from Iona College.
The MS Dinner of Champions is an event held to honor champions of business and the sports industry who make a difference in their organizations and communities. Since the very first MS Dinner of Champions in 1978, which honored Howard Cosell, this event has continued to honor the most prominent champions. Past honorees of industry include Ernst & Young, IBM, Louis Dreyfus, Mutual of America, Pfizer and Xerox Corporation as well as both local and national sports figures such as Steve Young, Joe Namath, Frank Gifford, John Starks, Billie Jean King, and Mary Lou Retton.
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 event includes a pre-event cocktail reception, exciting live and silent auctions and an awards ceremony.
Barry Sternlitch, chairman and CEO of Starwood Capital Group will also be honored that evening for his outstanding leadership and bestowed the MS Humanitarian Award.
Emmy Award winner Armen Keteyian, news correspondent with CBS News, will serve as this year’s MS Dinner of Champions master of ceremonies.
For more information on the 35th Annual MS Dinner of Champions, visit www.ctfightsMS.org.