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Three Newly Announced Sports Honorees To Attend 35th Annual MS Dinner of Champions

November 8, 2013

STAMFORD, Conn. – The National MS Society, Connecticut Chapter, has announced three sports honorees for the 35th Annual MS Dinner of Champions, which will take place on Wednesday, Nov. 20, at the Hilton Stamford Hotel in Stamford.

Since the first MS Dinner of Champions, the event has honored outstanding corporate leaders and the most prominent champions in sports.

This year’s sports honorees include Mike Richter, former New York Rangers ice hockey goaltender, Brian Leetch, retired American professional ice hockey defenseman who played 18 National Hockey League seasons with the New York Rangers, Toronto Maple Leafs and Boston Bruins, and Damon Harrison, current New York Jets defensive tackle.

The 2013 MS Humanitarian Award will be presented to Barry Sternlicht, Chairman and CEO of Starwood Capital Group, the private investment firm Sternlicht formed in 1991 with a focus on global real estate, hotel management, energy infrastructure and securities trading.

Randy Falco, president and CEO of Univision Communications Inc., will also be honored that evening for his outstanding leadership and bestowed the MS Hope Award.

Emmy Award winner Armen Keteyian, News Correspondent with CBS News, will serve as this year’s MS Dinner of Champions master of ceremonies.

Last year, more than 200 people attended the black tie optional event, which raised more than $250,000. Since its inception, the MS Dinner of Champions has raised more than $7 million for the fight against multiple sclerosis.

Funds raised through National MS Society events ensure ongoing scientific research to help develop better treatments and a cure for multiple sclerosis. Funds also provide for the continuation of programs and services offered by the Connecticut Chapter.

The MS Dinner of Champions, established in 1978, honors champions of the business and sports industry making a difference in their organizations and communities. Past honorees hail from companies such as  include Ernst & Young, IBM, Louis Dreyfus, Mutual of America, Pfizer and Xerox Corporation as well as both local and national sports figures Steve Young, Joe Namath, Frank Gifford, John Starks, Billie Jean King, Mary Lou Retton and Bobby Valentine.

The event includes a pre-event cocktail reception, exciting live and silent auctions and an awards ceremony.

For more information on the 35th Annual MS Dinner of Champions, 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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