The MS Dinner of Champions made its national debut in 1972 and is now held across the country as one of the National MS Society's major events. The event honors a community leader for outstanding service to the community through the presentation of the Silver Hope Award, the highest award given by the Society. The Silver Hope Award is given only once each year in to an outstanding individual in the Harrisonburg community. The Tiffany-created crystal piece signifies our hope for a future bright, clear and shinig. It is given for an exceptional level of leadership over an extensive period of time. The honoree exhibits vision, civic volunteerism and dedicated commitment to philanthropic and community service.
Dinner of Champions also educates the audience about multiple sclerosis and how the Society addresses the needs of those affected by the disease. Chapter proceeds from the dinners have totaled more than $7.6 million since the first dinner in 1991 Roaoke, Virginia. The funds provide programs and services to the 6,000 people with MS and their families across the Blue Ridge Chapter and support cutting-edge research to stop disease progression, restore what has been lost and end MS forever.
Dinner of Champions events are also held annually in Charlottesville and Roanoke, Virginia, and Charleston, West Virginia.