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The Greater Illinois Chapter works to improve the quality of life for people affected by MS in Illinois and to raise funds for critical MS research. Join the movement toward a world free of MS.


Patricia Woertz, Chairman and CEO of Archer Daniels Midland Company, Honored at National MS Society’s Dinner of Champions

October 3, 2014

National MS Society CEO and President Cyndi Zagieboylo; DOC 2014 Award Nominee Patricia Woertz, COB and Chief Executive Officer of Archer Daniels Midland Company; and Greater IL Chapter Chairman Sean Gallagher | Photo by Tim Hara

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 or call Jill Robisch at 312.423.1174.

About the Greater Illinois Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society

The Greater Illinois Chapter works to improve the quality of life for people affected by MS across a 73-county territory, starting at the Wisconsin-Illinois border and extending south through the northern and central areas of Illinois, and to raise funds for critical MS research. Join the movement toward a world free of MS.

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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