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Women Against MS


May 24, 2018
11:30 AM - 1:30 PM

2017 Event Photos

In Person

Crystal Tea Room
100 E Penn Square #9B
Philadelphia, PA 19107
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The Women Against MS (WAMS) Luncheon, one of the National MS Society's premier fundraising campaigns, is an empowering way for women to unite with other women in the movement to create a world free of MS.

While much remains unknown about MS, researchers know that multiple sclerosis affects women in far greater numbers than men. In fact, MS is at least two to three times more common in women than in men. Across the nation, women from all walks of life are joining together through the WAMS initiative. WAMS serves to educate women about MS and to broaden their knowledge about the work and mission of the National MS Society. Funds raised through this annual luncheon and auction are dedicated to services and programs for local people living with MS, in addition to research into the cause, cure and treatment of the disease. 

For information about sponsorship, click here, and contact to learn more.

Mary Stengel Austen2018 Honoree: Mary Stengel Austen, President & CEO, Tierney

Mary Stengel Austen co-founded The Tierney Group in 1989, a predecessor to today’s Tierney, one of the mid-Atlantic region’s largest communications agencies (NYSE: IPG). With offices in Philadelphia, Harrisburg and New York City, Tierney represents industry leaders including Choice Hotels, QVC, Independence Blue Cross, McDonald’s, PECO, TD Bank, AmerisourceBergen and Verizon. 
Mary serves on non-profit boards of directors including Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, the United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey, and the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce. She has served on the Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania Board since 2012 (Chair 2015-May 2017). Mary recently was elected to the national Girl Scouts Board in October and will be serving a 3-year term. Read more >

Purchase Tickets or Sponsorships

Tickets are $150 each, and tables of 10 start at $2,000. We offer several ways for individuals or organizations to join the WAMS movement.

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Committee List

Women Against MS Luncheon Co-Chairs

Marci Dwyer
Linda McAleer (founding chair)
Molly Shepard
Judy Spires

Women Against MS Luncheon Committee 

Renee Amoore
Romona Riscoe Benson
Autumn Bayles
Karen Buchholz
Bonnie Clark
Laura Grossi-Tyson
Charisse Lillie
Denise Mariotti
Kyra McGrath
Kristin Reagle
Suzanne Sawyer
Judee Von Seldeneck
Christine Walker Nerney


Thank You to Our Sponsors


Contact information

Stephanie Marakowski

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