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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2018 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 >