The National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Greater Illinois Chapter honored Wendy Krimins, vice president and general manager of Neiman Marcus Michigan Ave., this past Thursday, April 14, at its eighth annual Women on the Move luncheon. This premier event — where Chicago area community and business leaders come together to celebrate excellence, achievement and generosity and to raise critical funds for statewide MS research and services — took place at the Drake Hotel Chicago, 140 E. Walton Place.
Nearly 250 people attended Women on the Move
, which set a one-day event record by raising $37,000 on-site at the luncheon through individual donations and silent auction. Kathy Brock, co-anchor of ABC 7 News at 6 and 10 p.m., served as Mistress of Ceremonies.
“Multiple sclerosis is something I have, it’s not who I am,” said Krimins, who has worked for Neiman Marcus for the past 16 years and has helmed the Michigan Ave. location since 2005. “But it is the one thing we can and will conquer together. I am honored to stand before you as an example of how one can live life and not be defined by this obstacle.”
Dusty Stemer, a Chicago area philanthropist and community leader, served as the luncheon’s Honorary Chair. Many of Stemer’s immediate family members attended the event, including her daughter, Cameron Laidlaw, who was diagnosed with MS as a teenager.
“I’ve seen MS through the eyes of a mother whose daughter was diagnosed in college,” said Stemer. “As someone who has worked in the pharmaceutical industry, I have seen how hard work, supported by funding, can alter the course of a disease through identifying its cause and developing a cure.”
Multiple sclerosis, an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system, interrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and body. Nearly three times as many women as men are diagnosed with MS. The disease affects more than 20,000 individuals in Illinois and 2.3 million worldwide.
For more information about Women on the Move, visit womenonthemovechicago.org