Golden Circle is a giving club of the National MS Society, created to recognize the significant support of individuals who make a personal annual gift of $1,000 or more to move the mission forward. Golden Circle members are dedicated to the
Thanks to the generosity of individuals, foundations and corporations, the Society is on the forefront of creating a world free of MS.
Whether someone has just been diagnosed with MS or living with the disease for several years, the Society offers unique programs designed to enrich quality of life and foster independence.
Each year the Society funds nearly $50 million in MS research, including more than $3 million curently in San Diego and Orange County, holding the promise of better treatments and even a cure.
Learn more about Golden Circle membership benefits and how to become a member.
Sylvia Lawry founded the National MS Society in 1946, hoping to cure her brother Bernard’s MS, and led the Society as chief executive until 1982. Bernard passed away in 1973 and Sylvia died in 2001. While the cure eluded her, Lawry’s legacy is a national movement that aggressively funds research, advocates for change, and provides programs and services that help all Americans affected by MS move their lives forward.
The Lawry Circle is comprised of generous and caring individuals who know that the quest for a world free of MS must continue. It honors donors who have informed the Society of their intention to help create a better future for the MS community through a gift in their will, trust or estate plan. The Lawry Circle recognizes and honors people who have demonstrated a deep commitment to improving the lives of those with MS by establishing a deferred gift for the Society. Due to their generosity, a lasting legacy of hope and support is given to thousands of individuals and families living with multiple sclerosis.
Benefits of Membership
The most significant benefit of belonging to the Lawry Circle for most people is the feeling of personal satisfaction they enjoy when they have demonstrated their commitment to the continuation of essential Pacific South Coast Chapter programs and vital national MS research efforts.
For many, the substantial tax benefits allowed by the IRS for such commitments are also important and allow our benefactors to give much more than would otherwise be possible. When members leave bequests to the MS Society in their wills, their estates pay no estate taxes on the amounts passing to us. Other special benefits include: recognition in appropriate publications, invitations to special events and research symposia, and subscriptions to the MS Connections newsletter.
Become a Member of the Lawry Circle
Please contact Angela Northrup at 760-448-8434 if you have remembered the chapter in your estate plans.