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2013 Funding the Mission Hall of Fame

Bill Sample

Bill currently serves as chair for the Greater Northwest Chapter Board of Trustees. With a BA in economics from Harvard College and an MS in Taxation from Bentley College, Bill is the Corporate VP of Worldwide Tax at Microsoft and a licensed CPA. Since 2011 Bill has made two $100,000 gifts to advance MS research.

Bob O'Leary

Former EVP and CFO for Cox Enterprises, Inc., Bob is a dedicated volunteer who has given incredible support to MS research and programs for people living with MS through Bike MS, Walk MS and direct gifts. His contributions exceed $2.4 million. For nearly 20 years, Bob has also donated his time and expertise to the Audit, Finance and Governance Committees.

Ed Rightor

Ed has been a dedicated Bike MS participant for the last 20 years, beginning in Texas and now in Michigan. His Dow/TCC team has raised more than $1.3 million thanks to his leadership. Ed has worked for the Dow Chemical Company for 26 years and is director of strategic projects. Dow recognized his commitment to the MS movement with the company’s prestigious “Human Element Award” in 2009.

The Halpern Family

Fred and Donna Halpern have been a driving force in increasing MS awareness in their community since Donna’s diagnosis in the 1980s. The Halperns have provided more than $500,000 in support of research and programs and services for people affected by MS.

Liam Kennedy

Liam's MS diagnosis in 2008 didn’t hold him back. Instead, it spurred his participation in the Bike MS Cape Cod Getaway. Today, Liam leads a team of more than 100 — the event’s largest friends and family team in both size and fundraising. A true leader in the MS movement, Liam is also a board member in Greater New England.

Michael Norton

Since joining the NYC - Southern NY Board of Trustees seven years ago, Michael’s leadership helped launch the Climb to the Top fundraising event. The current chairman of the board, Michael, his wife and two daughters participate in Walk MS each year in honor of his mother. Responsible for overseeing all property management activities worldwide for Tishman Speyer, Michael serves in the US Military and is currently Commanding Officer for New York City PAO-17.

Rick McDermott

Rick is a passionate fundraiser who has personally raised more than $122,000 in support of the Society’s mission and who plays a vital leadership role as a Bike MS team captain, engaging key corporate sponsors, and serving as a member of the Fundraising Committee. His enthusiasm draws others to the mission, raises awareness about MS and has influenced his team to raise more than $382,000.

The MS Great 8 Foundation

The MS Great 8 Foundation is committed to raising public awareness and critical funds, and to inspiring people with MS to take charge of their lives. The Foundation is led by two cyclists from New York. Mike Zimits was diagnosed with MS nearly 15 years ago, and Catherine Tsigakos whose brother was diagnosed over 25 years ago. Their cumulative fundraising efforts surpassed $1 million dollars in 2013.

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