Oct 03, 2012
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Susan Ashline
October 2, 2012 OFFICE: 585-271-0805 x 70344
Capital District’s “Top 5” Named in the MS Movement
Albany, NY – The National MS Society Upstate New York Chapter has announced five individuals or groups will be recognized for their contributions to the MS movement at the 2012 Annual Meeting on Tuesday, October 9. Winners will be honored these categories:
- The Norman Cohn Hope Award (Program Volunteer of the Year) – Randall Stein
- Special Event Volunteer of the Year – Sylvia D’Aprile
- Corporate Supporter of the Year Award — Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP
- Legion of Courage Award – Brenda Breyette
- DIY Fundraising Champion of the Year — Thorpe Electric Supply Company
Chapter President and CEO, Stephanie Kunes-Mincer, will provide a summary of the chapter’s successes over the past fiscal year, and talk about the chapter’s plan going into the next fiscal year. Guest speaker, Elissa “EJ” Levy, Founder and President of MS Hope for a Cure (MSHC), will talk about her mission to raise money to find a cure for MS and support individuals living with MS and their families.
What: National MS Society Upstate New York Chapter 2012 Annual Meeting
When: Tuesday, October 9, 2012, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Where: Albany Marriott, 189 Wolf Road in Albany
Program Volunteer of the Year (The Norman Cohn Hope Award), Randall Stein, of Watervliet, is a member of the chapter’s Government Relations Committee, a group of MS activists who meet with lawmakers to try to influence legislation that affects those living with MS. He represented our chapter at the Annual Public Policy Conference in Washington, D.C., and makes regular legislative visits, lobbying for our chapter during State Action Days. Stein offers to sit at informational tables at health fairs and other events, handing out information on multiple sclerosis. He volunteers with Walk MS, riding his scooter behind the last walker in order to make sure everyone is safe. He sits on the task force for the annual Bike MS fundraiser, and volunteers his ham radio services on the day of the event.
Special Event Volunteer of the Year, Sylvia D’Aprile, of Colonie, volunteers at the Upstate New York Chapter office and at multiple chapter fundraising events year-round. She organizes a Walk MS team (Waldron’s Walkers) and plans a big fundraising luncheon at Delmonico’s Italian Steakhouse that raises more than $15,000. With other fundraising, the team last season brought in more than $28,000, making it the chapter’s top Walk MS fundraising team. D’Aprile also supports the chapter’s annual Women Against MS Luncheon and this is the second year she has secured a sponsorship from her former employer, Macy’s.
Corporate Supporter of the Year, Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP, is a full-service law firm with nearly 800 attorneys representing more than 50 service areas in 23 offices throughout the US, including Albany. Cynthia Shenker and Theresa Marangas, partners at the Albany firm, champion the MS mission by serving on the planning committee for the annual Women Against MS (WAMS) Luncheon. The firm also generously sponsors the luncheon, which is scheduled for November 2 this year. Over seven years, the firm’s corporate sponsorships to the chapter total $16,000.
Legion of Courage Award, Brenda Breyette, of Albany, is an extremely dedicated volunteer, advocate and mentor at the Upstate New York Chapter of the National MS Society in the Albany office. Brenda has selflessly given her time at numerous fund raising and awareness events such as the Roses Sale at Crossgates Mall during MS Awareness Week, and Gift Wrapping for Advocacy. She represents the Society at State Activism Day at the New York State Capital, discussing issues with key Legislators and sharing her story with them. Brenda has also participated in the Many Faces of MS Program which allows her to share her story with others living with MS, offering them strength, courage and hope for the future.
DIY Fundraising Champion of the Year, Thorpe Electric Supply Company, based in Rensselaer, organizes an annual Customer Appreciation Steak and Bake Picnic and donates the proceeds to the National MS Society Upstate New York Chapter. This is Thorpe Electric Supply Company‘s 25th year of donating to the chapter. This award is given to an individual or a company who shows exemplary commitment to the MS cause by raising awareness and critical funds for the MS Movement.
For more information, contact Susan Ashline, Communications Manager, 585-271-0805 (x70344), Susan.Ashline@nmss.org.
About multiple sclerosis and the National MS Society Upstate New York Chapter: Multiple sclerosis, an often disabling disease of the central nervous system, interrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and body. Symptoms range from numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis. Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, with at least two to three times more women than men being diagnosed. The rate of diagnosis in Upstate New York is about double the national average. MS affects more than 400,000 people in the U.S., and more than 12,400 people in the 50-county region served by the Upstate New York Chapter. For more information, visit www.MSupstateny.org.