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October 19, 2012

Left to right: Trumbull resident and committee chairperson Terrance Walsh, Boston Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine, and Brandon Steiner, founder and chairman of Steiner Sports Marketing, at the 2011 MS Dinner of Champions. This year’s event will recognize New York Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira with the J. Walter Kennedy Memorial Award. Shep and Ian Murray of Vineyard Vines will receive the MS Hope Award. For more information, visit

2012 MS Dinner of Champions, Thursday, Nov. 8 at the Hyatt Regency in Greenwich

TRUMBULL, Conn. – In 1988, Terrance Walsh helped produce the opening video for the annual MS Dinner of Champions event. More than 20 years later, his signature mustache and bowtie have become a fixture.

After that first event in 1988, Walsh served on the MS Dinner of Champions committee until 1998 and again from 2004 to the present. In 2006, he became the event’s committee chairperson and has continued in that role ever since. Through its history, the event has raised a total of more than $7 million.

The 2012 MS Dinner of Champions, which will be held Thursday, Nov. 8, at the Hyatt Regency in Old Greenwich, will mark Walsh’s 20th year of involvement with the event.

The people living with MS that Walsh has met during his more than two decades of involvement continue to inspire and motivate him. 

“You start to understand how events like this can change a person’s life,” said Walsh, who lives in Trumbull with his wife, Sharyn, and their three children. “There are so many people across the state who benefit greatly from all types of client services and it’s very rewarding to know that you’re helping out that cause.” 

In addition to his work with the MS Dinner of Champions, Walsh has served on the National MS Society’s Promise 2010 committee and is a consistent supporter of the chapter’s annual Golf MS Classic. He has twice served on the chapter’s board of trustees, from 1992 to 1998 and from 2004 to present. For his outstanding service, Walsh was recognized with the 2010 Gino Partenza Achievement Award at the Connecticut Chapter’s annual meeting and awards ceremony.

The MS Dinner of Champions was established in 1978 by founding board members Jon Rudiger and Marc Lyons. The event honors outstanding corporate leaders and local and national sports figures making a significant contribution to the community at large. The dinner includes a cocktail reception, dinner, awards ceremony, live auction and silent auction. Past honorees include Steve Young, Joe Namath, Frank Gifford and Billie Jean King.

This year’s event will recognize New York Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira with the J. Walter Kennedy Memorial Award. Shep and Ian Murray of Vineyard Vines will receive the MS Hope Award.

For ticket information or to become a sponsor of the 2012 MS Dinner of Champions, please contact Meg Staubley at 860.913.2550, ext. 52524, or email For more information on multiple sclerosis, visit


About the Connecticut Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society

The Connecticut Chapter strives to provide knowledge and assistance to help people with MS and their families maintain the highest possible quality of life. These goals are achieved through vital national and local programs.

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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