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2014 Funding the Mission Hall of Fame

Anne Allen

Diagnosed with MS in 2006, Anne Allen registered for her first three-day 50-mile Challenge Walk MS in 2008 at the suggestion of physical therapist and friend, Sylvia. “Sylvia saw an advertisement and said, ‘why don’t we do this?’ and I was like, ‘OK.’” It is this same laidback attitude that Anne navigates her journey with primary-progressive MS. As a self-described realist, she admits, “I know my MS is very progressive, but that's okay. This disease only defines you if you let it, and it’s important to me that I do what I can… to find a cure and new treatments.” Anne completed her seventh Challenge Walk MS in September, and her team, Hurt So Good!, also participate in Walk MS and Bike MS. To date, she has raised nearly $700,000 and secured $75,000 for a local respite care program to help provide temporary relief to family caregivers.

Brent Curran

In 2002, when Brent Curran was attempting to recruit for his Bike MS team, he illustrated the challenges of MS by describing his uncle’s transition from cruising on a single-speed Schwinn bike to relying on a wheelchair. Brent’s friend challenged Brent to ride that Schwinn, “Big Red,” in Bike MS. Brent felt that it would be easier to do Bike MS on a single-speed Schwinn than to live with MS – and now you can find Brent proudly crossing the Washington Bike MS finish line on Big Red each year. He mentors many new team captains and uses Big Red to inspire action and bring hundreds of others to the MS movement. His team has raised nearly $1 million over the past 12 years, and Brent’s involvement with the Society has expanded to include everything from serving on the local board of trustees since 2008, to community engagement in outlying territories, to growing Bike MS.

Peter Goettler

For more than a decade, Peter Goettler has been a leader in the MS movement in honor of his wife, Cynthia, who lives with MS. As a high-level international executive at Barclays Capital in New York City until his 2008 retirement, Peter made a conscious decision to direct most of his giving through Bike MS – in order to motivate others to give. He never wanted staff at Barclays to feel pressured to give – he feels that philanthropy is a very personal endeavor – so he encouraged giving by personally matching the pledges raised by the Barclays Capital Chain Gang Bike MS team . The team reached an elite fundraising team status, one that it maintains to this day under the leadership of the team captain that Peter mentored before his retirement. Peter’s leadership continues as chair of the local board, and he rides in Bike MS every year.

Perry Ann Jeveli

Diagnosed with MS 18 years ago, Perry Ann Jeveli took hold of her destiny and began fundraising. What started with friends and family is now Northern California’s highest fundraising Walk MS team, “Pear’s Pack,” including corporate sponsors, foundation donors and community leaders. Perry Ann has mentored and motivated other top-fundraising team captains and influenced more than $500,000 in research funding. Perry Ann uses media and marketing to extend her reach past her immediate network – because of positive outlook on life, she connects easily with people. Perry Ann is also a proactive and strong advocate and ambassador for others living with MS, the Society and the MS movement; she is considered the “go to” volunteer in the Bay Area as she actively inspires others, connecting with them and deepening their relationship with the Society and the MS movement’s progress.

Robert Keeley

As founder and president of Diversified Project Management, Robert Keeley works with many customers and vendors from companies of all sizes. After his mother’s diagnosis with MS in 1985, Bob leveraged his company’s annual golf outing into a fundraising event, raising more than $750,000 for the Society over the past 18 years. In 2006, he joined the local board of trustees and has become a significant voice; he communicates with his network and others about MS, helping them understand the disease and the role of the Society in ending it. As a generous monetary donor who also asks others to give, Bob leads by example. His sense of humor, energy and drive are impressive and infectious, but he doesn’t pressure people to give or help – instead they are grateful for the opportunity he presents. In the words of the local chapter president, “It’s hard to say no to Bob Keeley, and he knows it.”

Ann Larmore

Since Ann Larmore’s diagnosis with MS in 2002, she has been a catalyst for connections in the MS movement. She lives and works as an information technology professional in the community where she grew up, where her passion and unflagging efforts really do make life brighter for people with MS. Her initial volunteer efforts as a Walk MS participant raising $2,000 for the Society quickly expanded to a deeper commitment resulting in raising nearly $250,000 over the last eight years for MS research – through an entrepreneurial third-party auction event she created. No matter how Ann is raising funds, she does the lion’s share of asking for sponsorships, selling tickets, and obtaining auction item donations in-kind solicitations and more. She attributes her fundraising success and the positive aspects of her journey with MS to her amazing family and friends with the famous Beatles lyrics, “I get by with a little help from my friends.”

JR Paterakis

JR Paterakis is a member of one of Baltimore’s most influential families. Taking the torch from his father, Jon Sr., who was active with the Society in the 70’s and 80’s, JR leverages his vast network of personal and business relationships to open doors for the MS movement. While JR fundraises across many events, he is most passionate about the Dinner of Champions, raising more than $4 million over the past 20 years. He has been trustee on the local board since 1995 (including some time as Chair) and on the Governance Committee for more than a decade, and has chaired the Dinner of Champions Committee for more than 20 years. He shares his talents and connections, and challenges the board and committees to: do more, to dig deep and to give more.

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