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Women Against MS


May 25, 2017
11:30 AM - 1:30 PM

2016 Event Photos

In Person

Philadelphia Marriott Downtown
1201 Market Street
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.

Online ticket sales are now closed. To make a donation, please call 267-765-5107.

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. 

Thank you to our 2017 WAMS sponsors. Click here to view our sponsor slideshow.

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

WAMS 2017: Honoring Judy Spires

The National MS Society honored Judy Spires with the Woman of Spirit Award at the 2017 Women Against MS Luncheon on Thursday, May 25.

Judy Spires is the Chairman and CEO of KB US Holdings, Inc., a Delaware-based investment firm that owns the Kings and Balducci’s banners. Spires has led an extensive growth effort for both brands anchored by the Three “B” Strategy - Build, Buy and Better.

Spires has spent her entire career in the supermarket industry. She holds a BA and MBA from LaSalle University and is also a graduate of Cornell University’s Food Executive Program. She is the Chair of both the New Jersey Food Council and the Academy of Food Marketing at St Joseph’s University. She is on the executive board of the Food Marketing Institute, and a former trustee for LaSalle University. Spires is also a board member of the Cancer Treatment Center of America and a member of the Comcast and NBC Universal Joint Diversity Council.

Committee List

Women Against MS Luncheon Co-Chairs

Marci Dwyer
Linda McAleer (founding chair)
Molly Shepard

Women Against MS Committee 

Renee Amoore
Amy Frazier
Laura Grossi-Tyson
Denise Mariotti
Lisa Mayo
Randy Mintz-Presant
Romona Riscoe Benson
Jan Shaeffer
Dianne Semingson
Mary Stengel Austen
Nicole Torsella Harris
Christine Walker

Presenting Sponsors

Judy and Bob Spires         

Platinum Sponsor

The Nerney Family Foundation

Gold Sponsors
      Fox Rothschild    Penn Medicine
Tierney.jpg        CBA      Comcast Corporation     Cento      Cancer Treatment Centers of America   PREIT 
Discover Bank

Silver Sponsors
Amerihealth Caritas
Crystal & Company

Independence Blue Cross
J&J Snack Foods Corp
La Salle University
Marci Dwyer Executive Search
Morgan, Lewis & Bockius
Optia Group
Saint Joseph’s University, Academy of Food Marketing
The Leader's Edge/Leaders By Design
The Melior Group

Table Hosts
Allied Universal
Avalon Flooring
Crothall Healthcare
Denise Mariotti
Diversified Search
Dr. Donald Barone
Dr. Trena Pelham
Firstrust Bank
Fox Rothschild
Greco/Morrissey Family
J.P. Morgan Private Bank
Janney Montgomery Scott LLC
JEVS at Home

Penn Home Care and Hospice Services
Pepsi Canada Dry
Philadelphia 76ers
Reilly, Janiczek, McDevitt, Henrich & Cholden, P.C.
Richard Vague


Contact information

Maria Oberst

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