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Northern California Chapter Board Chair Praised for Volunteer Service

October 18, 2013

Oct 18, 2013

Wells Fargo & Company has announced the names of its team members who received one of its annual Volunteer Service Awards. National MS Society, Northern California Chapter Board Chair, Angie Lai, was one of the recipients. The Northern California Chapter would like to express gratitude and pride for the continued leadership and efforts of Angie and her commitment to creating a world free of multiple sclerosis.

About the Volunteer Service Award

In its 35th year, the Wells Fargo Volunteer Service Award program continues to recognize and reward team members’ volunteer efforts with contributions from Wells Fargo to the nonprofit or K-12 school where they volunteer. This year, 197 team members across the US were awarded more than $500,000 to their organizations. Wells Fargo will contribute $60,000 to 23 Bay Area nonprofits in honor of Wells Fargo team members to recognize their valuable contributions to the organization as volunteers. Wells Fargo team members are encouraged to nominate their co-workers to recognize the outstanding efforts of the volunteer and the nonprofit organization. An internal selection committee chooses the winners, who are evaluated on the basis of their commitment to the organization, the effectiveness of their work, and the value of their work to their community.

“Wells Fargo is committed to our communities and we are proud that many of our team members volunteer at local schools and nonprofits,” said Bob Ceglio, Mount Diablo president for Wells Fargo. “To further reward their volunteerism, Wells Fargo is proud to donate funds to the nonprofits they are passionate about.”

About Board Chair, Angie Lai

Angie’s commitment to people with MS quickly expanded from wanting to improve life for her mom to improving the lives of all those living with MS in Northern California.  Angela has held multiple volunteer leadership roles on the Board of Trustees, currently serving as Board Chair. Under her continued leadership the Northern California Chapter has defied significant recessionary odds growing revenue, paying off past debt and funding the mission at unprecedented levels.  She’s led the board at a time when the Chapter’s impact has been strengthened—increasing the quantity, quality, and geographic distribution of programs and services for people living with MS.  Through Angela’s leadership, the board has engaged more volunteers and achieved double-digit fundraising growth empowering the Northern California Chapter to invest in critical research and provide meaningful programs and services to their members.

The $5,000 Volunteer Service Award funds for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society will be used to support the important needs of community members with MS and their families.  Specifically, the funds will support innovative programs and services and important research focused on stopping the progression of MS.

About the Northern California Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society

The Northern California Chapter of the National MS Society was chartered in 1954 and provides comprehensive programs, services and advocacy to assist and empower the more than 84,000 people who are affected by MS annually. The chapter is also a driving force of research for the prevention, treatment and cure of MS and contributes funds to support 350 National MS Society research projects worldwide – including almost $12 million in critical MS research initiatives locally at J. David Gladstone Institutes, UCSF, Stanford, UC Davis and UC Berkeley. The Chapter has offices in San Francisco, Sacramento, Central Valley and Silicon Valley.

About Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple sclerosis is an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system that disrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and body. Symptoms range from numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis. The progress, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot yet be predicted, but advances in research and treatment are leading to better understanding and moving us closer to a world free of MS. 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 with the disease. MS affects more than 2.3 million people worldwide.


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