The Women Against MS (WAMS) Luncheon, one of the National MS Society's premier fundraising campaigns, is an empowering way for women to unite with other women in the movement to create a world free of MS.
While much remains unknown about MS, researchers know that multiple sclerosis affects women in far greater numbers than men. In fact, MS is at least two to three times more common in women than in men. Across the nation, women from all walks of life are joining together through the WAMS initiative. WAMS serves to educate women about MS and to broaden their knowledge about the work and mission of the National MS Society. Funds raised through this annual luncheon and auction are dedicated to services and programs for local people living with MS, in addition to research into the cause, cure and treatment of the disease.
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WAMS 2017: Honoring Judy Spires
The National MS Society will honor Judy Spires with the Woman of Spirit Award at the 2017 Women Against MS Luncheon on Thursday, May 25.
Judy Spires is the Chairman and CEO of KB US Holdings, Inc., a Delaware-based investment firm that owns the Kings and Balducci’s banners. Spires has led an extensive growth effort for both brands anchored by the Three “B” Strategy - Build, Buy and Better.
Spires has spent her entire career in the supermarket industry. She holds a BA and MBA from LaSalle University and is also a graduate of Cornell University’s Food Executive Program. She is the Chair of both the New Jersey Food Council and the Academy of Food Marketing at St Joseph’s University. She is on the executive board of the Food Marketing Institute, and a former trustee for LaSalle University. Spires is also a board member of the Cancer Treatment Center of America and a member of the Comcast and NBC Universal Joint Diversity Council.
Women Against MS Luncheon Co-Chairs
Linda McAleer (founding chair)
Women Against MS Committee
Romona Riscoe Benson
Mary Stengel Austen
Nicole Torsella Harris
Judy and Bob Spires
J&J Snack Foods Corp
La Salle University
Marci Dwyer Executive Search
Saint Joseph’s University, Academy of Food Marketing
The Leader's Edge/Leaders By Design
The Melior Group
Dr. Trena Pelham
J.P. Morgan Private Bank
JEVS at Home
Penn Home Care and Hospice Services
Pepsi Canada Dry
Reilly, Janiczek, McDevitt, Henrich & Cholden, P.C.