Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM) Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Patricia A. Woertz was honored Tuesday, Sept. 23, at the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Greater Illinois Chapter’s 2014 Dinner of Champions at the Four Seasons Chicago.
Dinner of Champions, now in its 35th year, is the Society’s highest honor and pays tribute to the vast network of generous corporations, organizations and volunteers who are dedicated to making a difference in the lives of people living with MS. The evening included a reception, dinner and informative programming honoring Woertz and ADM. More than 300 people attended this year’s gala, raising over $520,000 to support research, programs and services for the 20,000 families in Illinois affected by MS.
Woertz joined ADM as CEO and president in April 2006 and was named chairman of the board in February 2007. Since joining ADM, Woertz has driven efforts to improve shareholder returns and has led the company to record financial results while growing the business through acquisitions, capital investments and partnerships.
Kathy Brock of ABC 7 News emceed the event, and NorthShore University HealthSystem’s Dr. Susan Rubin spoke about the future of MS research. National MS Society President and CEO Cyndi Zagieboylo was also in attendance to discuss the Society’s contributions to research both in the U.S. and internationally.
MS Dinner of Champions was created in 1979 by Frank Gifford and Howard Cosell as an annual fundraising gala to benefit the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Greater Illinois Chapter.
Past honorees include Madison Dearborn Partners Chairman John Canning Jr.; Northern Trust Chairman Rick Waddell; McDonald’s Chief Executive Officer Jim Skinner; former McDonald’s Chairman and CEO James Cantalupo; Northern Trust Chairman and CEO William A. Osborn; former Sears Roebuck & Co. Chairman and CEO Arthur A. Martinez; and athletes including Mike Singletary, Ernie Banks, Stan Mikita, Gale Sayers, Norm Van Lier, Billy Williams and Mike Ditka.
For more information about the event, visit www.DinnerofChampionsChicago.org or call Jill Robisch at 312.423.1174.