(l-r) Doug Bryant, Eli Rubenstein
& Richard Slifka
April 9. Eli Rubenstein was presented the 2013 MileStones in Leadership Award for his decades long service and exemplary leadership to the National MS Society. Eli is a Director at Goulston & Storrs, PC, and currently Chairman of the Society’s National Board of Directors. Presenting the award were Chapter Trustee Richard Slifka, also a former Chapter Chairman and a current Society Director, and current Chapter Chairman Doug Bryant. Offering a testimonial in support of Eli was Society President and CEO Cyndi Zagieboylo. A significant fundraising success, raising over $375,000, the Gala’s more than 400 attendees also enjoyed the music and charm of the incomparable singer-songwriter Livingston Taylor. Thank you to our sponsors: Wells Fargo, Global Partners, and the Slifka Family.
(l-r) Dr. Alexius Sandoval, Judy Horan,
Carla and Danny Lafayette,
James J. Conlon, and Chris Facchini
March 26. MileStones Orono became a historic moment when it was announced that the fundraising goal had been reached to open the first ever comprehensive multiple sclerosis care center in the state of Maine, to be located at Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor. In recognition of their foresight and tireless efforts on behalf of comprehensive MS care, the 2013 MileStones in Philanthropy Award was presented to Carla & Danny Lafayette, owners of Lafayette Hotels. The 2013 Corporate MileStones Award was presented to Bangor Savings Bank for their leadership in the campaign. Presenting the award to the Lafayettes was Chapter Trustee Gail Kelly Sheehan. Presenting the Corporate MileStones Award was Christine Nickerson, VP, Regional Market Manager of Bangor Savings Bank. Accepting on behalf of the Bank was President & CEO James Conlon. Additional speakers included Deborah Carey Johnson, President & CEO of Eastern Maine Medical Center, and Judy Horan, President & General Manager of WZBZ 2 TV in Bangor. Dr. Alexius E.G. Sandoval impressed the large audience with a presentation on advances in rehabilitation therapies for people with MS. Thank you to our sponsors Biogen Idec and EMD Serono.
March 2, John Hancock Tower, Boston. The 2013 event season kicked off with Climb to the Top, Boston. Among the more than 400 climbers were a number of local firefighters climbing in full turn-out gear. More than $200,000 was raised. Thanks to Boston Properties for their support and assistance.
Lori Grande of WKLB-FM (center) with Firefighters from Holden, Massachusetts
April 15. The 66 members of the 2013 Marathon Strides Against MS team raised an impressive $360,000; well above their fundraising target. We are so very grateful that all of our Marathon Strides Against MS runners, volunteers, family members, and staff are safe in lieu of the tragic events at the finish line at this year’s Boston Marathon. Our hearts and thoughts are with those members of the broader marathon community who were directly affected. Thank you so very much to all who expressed concern and support; you reminded us of how strong and important our connections are with each other. Marathon Strides team members have already pledged to return in 2014 to cross the finish line and to raise the bar for fundraising even higher.
(L-R) Donna McGrew, Michael Patterson, Shannon Moss,
Jacquelyn Mitchard, and Doug Bryant.
March 14, Portland, Maine
Hosted by Shannon Moss of WMTW 8, the luncheon featured NY Times bestselling author Jacquelyn Mitchard, who talked about her childhood best friend’s struggle with MS.
Women on the Move Leadership Committee Chair, Michael Patterson, announced that in 2014, we will launch our inaugural Fashion Plates luncheon. This is a fashion show in which all the models are women with MS…Real Women, Real Stories.
Thank you to our Women on the Move Leadership Committee: Chair, Michael Patterson, Laurie Davis, Sarah Delage, Nancy Mackin, Donna McGrew, Karen Morancy, and Andrew Newman.
A big thank you goes to our Keynote Sponsors; Biogen Idec, Gold Sponsor’s Martin’s Point Health Care and Professional Disability Associates and Silver Sponsor Maine Medical Center.
Do you know someone living with MS who is riding in Bike MS this year?
Encourage them to participate in our “I Ride with MS” program by visiting www.MSonetoone.com and registering. Participants will receive a complimentary “I Ride with MS” jersey that will help us celebrate them and their accomplishments as well as provide inspiration to other cyclists and volunteers participating in Bike MS. This program is made possible through partnership with Genzyme and MS One to One.
April 27, Ft. Devens, Mass. The chapter’s first MuckFest MS was a great success. Over 3,000 participants ran the 5-mile course that included mud, water, and 29 obstacles. This was the first event of its kind for the chapter, and although fundraising was not mandatory, a quarter of the participants raised funds, passing the $300,000 level. Many of the participants and volunteers were new to the Society. We look forward to introducing them to other MS events and turning their connection to MuckFest into a connection to the National MS Society.
Orange Blossoms for MS fundraising campaign with Edible Arrangements blooms into a $16,235 donation to the National MS Society, Greater New England and Rhode Island Chapters. 3,247 Orange Blossom arrangements were sold during March 2013.