Women on the Move Luncheon - National Multiple Sclerosis Society

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9th Annual Women on the Move Luncheon


September 18, 2014

In Person

Trump National Golf Course
339 Pine Road
Briarcliff Manor, NY
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Join Us at the 9th Annual Women on the Move Luncheon

Thursday, September 18, 2014
10 a.m. - 3.p.m.

Elizabeth Giardina, diagnosed with MS in 1994, will be honored and presented with the Novartis Hope Award.

Ronda Giangreco, diagnosed with MS in 2008 and author of The Gathering Table, will be presented with the Acorda Therapeutics Mission Spotlight Award.

MS Champions will be inducted into the inaugural Genzyme Gallery of MS Champions, which recognizes individuals living with MS who have shown extraordinary commitment and dedication to the Society's mission.

To support the event and purchase a sponsorship package, table, tickets or ad in the tribute journal please click here.

Individual tickets start at $140
Tables for 10 guests start at $1,500 

If you are unable to attend but would like to make a 100% tax-deductible donation to support the event please click here.

For more information contact Sharon Scimeca at Sharon.Scimeca@nmss.org or call 212-453-3208.

Committee Members:

Barbara Bastardi ♦  Lisa Brettschneider ♦ Debby Brooks ♦ Anne Casey ♦ Helena Cuomo-DeFeo ♦ Verena Frydberg ♦ Rita Fusaro ♦ Andrea Glenn ♦ Jennifer Gold ♦ Wendy Kaufman ♦ Bernadette Leva ♦ Freda London ♦ Cheryl Lutsky ♦ Susan Pouch♦ Allison Ripka ♦ Tobi Rogowsky ♦ Marilyn Schwartz ♦ Marjorie Shapiro ♦ Sel Shimmerlik ♦  Jo Ann Stead ♦ Harriet Whelan

The Women on the Move Luncheon is a nationwide educational and fundraising event that helps to increase public awareness of MS and the National MS Society while acknowledging and encouraging the advancement of women philanthropists. Women-owned businesses are encouraged to join the movement toward a world free of MS. Women are diagnosed with MS nearly three times more than men. Funds raised from the event support the hundreds of annual programs and services for thousands of people living with MS. These funds also contribute to national MS research for the cause, prevention and cure of MS.

Thank you to the following sponsors:




Novartis MS Hope Award Honoree Elizabeth Giardina

Elizabeth (Liz) Giardina, diagnosed with MS in 1994, is a member of the New York City – Southern New York Chapter Board of Trustees. She is a passionate fundraiser and has been active with the chapter since 2004 when she formed The 109 Bombers team for Walk MS and Bike MS and joined the Manhattan Society. In 2005, she co-chaired the Ultimate Summer Time Party and in 2007 became the Manhattan Society’s Board Liaison, a member of the Reader Advisory Panel for Momentum magazine and was named a Chapter Ambassador, where she serves as a representative of the chapter and assists with the success of select special events and member programs.

Liz is Vice President at Morgan Stanley Wealth Management and currently works with National and Regional Management on project planning, change management, communications, training and field liaison activities within the Field Services Organization. Liz holds a B.S. in Business Management and Administration from Manhattan College.  She resides in Larchmont, NY with her boyfriend Billy and part-time with his two children, CJ and Timothy.

Acorda Therapeutics Mission Spotlight Award Recipient Ronda Giangreco

Ronda Giangreco, journalist, author and motivational speaker, was diagnosed with MS in 2008. Seven years ago Ronda returned from her latest adventure at a cooking school in Italy and was ready for her next undertaking. Shortly afterwards she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and was faced with re-evaluating her life. The diagnosis was particularly poignant as her mother-in-law had died from complications due to MS.  An avowed “foodie,” Ronda turned to her passion to help her overcome the new challenges she would have to face living with a chronic disease. Her book, “The Gathering Table:  Defying MS with a Year of Pasta, Wine, & Friends”, shares one woman’s journey of fortifying her spirit through the healing power of cooking, community and camaraderie.


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