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.
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2019 Honoree: Lori Reiner, Chief People Officer, EisnerAmper
Lori Reiner is the firm’s first Chief People Officer, with oversight responsibility for EisnerAmper’s professional development, human resources, talent acquisition, and employee engagement programs. She is focused on elevating team performance in a supportive, inclusive culture as the firm continues to grow, entering new markets and providing innovative resources for clients.
Lori has over 30 years of experience providing accounting, audit and advisory services to closely held and private equity-backed companies. Her industry expertise covers a wide spectrum of clients in large professional and other services companies, which include life sciences, advertising, marketing, staffing, search, technology and other business-to-business service organizations. Read more >
Keynote Presentation: Camerone Parker McCulloch
Celebrity Model & MS Advocate
Enormously recognized in the world of high fashion and beauty, Camerone Parker McCulloch has appeared in over 350 magazines worldwide. Proudly represented by The Daniel Hoff Agency in Los Angeles and New York - Camerone is a former face of Olay; has walked the runways for top designers as Vera Wang, Badgley Mischka and Giorgio Armani and has been seen on billboards worldwide for Ralph Lauren POLO. In addition to print and runway assignments, Camerone has traveled the world as an International Emcee/Television Host. Her iconic style on and off the runway is definitely one of a kind. Year after year, editors select Camerone to grace their Best Dressed/Most Fashionable Woman lists. Her legendary Street Style during Fashion Week captivates all - globally captured by Getty Images and Alamy to the New York Times and Bergdorf-Goodman. Peers are consistent with high praise and acknowledge Camerone as one of the most ‘all-around’ professional models within the industry today.
2018 marked Camerone’s debut onto the silver screen. Her second film “Otto Cannot Dream” she took on a complex, challenging dual role. Upon completion, Director Victor Pourcel hailed Camerone’s performance as “a presence on set and off. She fills the air, one that inspires and intrigues. Her ability to magnetize the audience - it fills the screen”.
As for Television - Camerone has been a featured guest on The Oprah Winfrey Show (Harpo Productions); Good Morning America (ABC); The Today Show (NBC); The View (ABC) and The Early Show (CBS).
With her life on a very public stage, Camerone held a secret that only few were privy to. In January 1998, Camerone was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. The decision was made not to say anything to anyone other than her family. Understanding that this diagnosis could potentially end her career – Camerone needed every modeling job possible to pay for her continued care and drug therapy (She was single had no medical insurance until 2003). Fast forward to October 2009 – With the tremendous support of family and friends, Camerone went public with her very private battle. ‘A Profile in Courage’ appeared in Tucson Lifestyle magazine and launched Camerone as a powerful celebrity voice in patient advocacy for MS and treatment. Today, she delights audiences nationwide as an in-demand speaker with her vibrant, heartwarming message of “Beauty and My Secret”.
In September 2017 Camerone married Dr. Robert R. McCulloch and together are proud to call Phoenix, Arizona home. Making a difference they DO! This dynamic duo were named as “People To Watch” by Modern Luxury Magazine. No stranger to community philanthropy – Camerone is in a class all to herself. She is an admired and respected leader - celebrated nationally for her ongoing dedication in advancing the mission of many charities. Locally, Camerone has helped raised millions of dollars for many Arizona charities. Her enthusiasm is contagious from working side-by-side with volunteers ....to eliciting strong donor support.
Honors and Accolades include:
- Named as AFP's National Philanthropy Day Volunteer Fundraiser of the Year - an award that typically recognizes a nonprofit organization rather than an individual.
- Presidential Silver Medal Award for Volunteer Service from President George W. Bush.
- 2019 Invisible Theatre Goldie Klein Guest Artist of the Year
- 2019 Edith Head Style Award presented on behalf of Paramount Studios. Camerone is the very first awardee of this distinguished award.
- 2018 Recipient of The Cele Peterson Lifetime Achievement Award. This prestigious honor celebrates an individual for their ongoing Philanthropic dedication (local and national) along with recognizing their dynamic impact within the Fashion Industry.
- Official Proclamation of “Camerone Parker McCulloch” Day on February 27, 2018 presented by The Honorable Sylvester Turner, Mayor - City of Houston.
- Named 2018 Trendsetter by Trends Charitable Fund. It is the oldest philanthropic honor bestowed to a woman in the State of Arizona.
- Selected as Arizona’s “Most Notable Woman” by KNOW Publications
- ICONIC Magazine Cover & Feature “A Lesson in Celebrating Life with Camerone Parker McCulloch”
The most heartwarming aspect to Camerone’s spirited volunteerism is despite serious health challenges, Camerone is always accessible and willing to go the extra mile for those in need.
Camerone is a proud member of the Phoenix Heart Ball Committee; Haute Couture member of the Arizona Costume Institute and a Sustaining member of the Junior League of Phoenix.
Her motto "There is nothing better than to GIVE...its the BEST medicine around!" continues to be an Inspiration to many each and every day.