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 2015: Honoring Meryl Levitz
The National MS Society honored Meryl Levitz with the Woman of Spirit Award at the 2015 Women Against MS Luncheon on Thursday, May 21.
In her role as president and CEO of VISIT PHILADELPHIA, Meryl Levitz is responsible for building the region’s image and growing its tourism industry, worth $10 billion in economic impact. A respected civic leader and consummate convener, Levitz has spent more than 30 years working to get Philadelphia’s hospitality industry recognized as a viable and vibrant one. In 2013 alone, the region welcomed 39 million domestic visitors—that’s 12 million more than in 1997 when the company started marketing.
Levitz serves on the U.S. Travel Association board; Philadelphia International Airport Advisory Board; on the Mayor’s Hospitality Cabinet; on the Mayor’s Cultural Advisory Council; and on the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts’ Sales and Marketing Advisory Committee. She is also on the boards of the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, Independence Visitor Center, Historic Philadelphia, Inc., Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, Welcome America, Inc. and Global Philadelphia.
Featured Speaker: Ronda Giangreco, author of “The Gathering Table: Defying Multiple Sclerosis with a Year of Pasta, Wine & Friends”
Women Against MS Luncheon Co-Chairs
Linda McAleer (founding chair)