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Women Against MS


September 22, 2020
11:30 AM - 1:30 PM

In Person

Crystal Tea Room
100 E Penn Square
Philadelphia, PA 19107
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The National MS Society is closely monitoring the latest developments of the coronavirus (COVID-19) global pandemic and we are taking proactive steps to protect people affected by MS, our event participants and the broader MS community. Based on recent guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), we will not host events through May 17 in person. We were able to reschedule this event to September 22, 2020 and look forward to seeing you then.


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. 


As an international artist and someone living with MS, Lydia Emily uses visual concepts and imagery to bring a message of hope and strength to those living with the disease. She has used her diagnosis not only as a catalyst for her art, but also as a way of bringing a voice to the movement. Because, as she says, “Art should do more than hang, it should bring hope. It should help.” Lydia Emily has been an incredible champion of the National MS Society — speaking at the Public Policy Conference, fundraising events and participating in various awareness campaigns. She is a passionate MS Activist and participated in the Society’s recent prevalence briefing held on Capitol Hill.


2020 Woman of Spirit Award Recipient: Gina Clark, AmerisourceBergen

Gina Clark is executive vice president and chief communications & administration officer for AmerisourceBergen where she oversees strategic communications, marketing, government affairs, human resources and corporate citizenship. In May 2016, Ms. Clark was named the president of the AmerisourceBergen Foundation, the company’s charitable 501(c)3. With more than 30 years of experience in the healthcare industry, Ms. Clark’s dynamic and insightful leadership supports one of the world’s largest global pharmaceutical services companies. Her expertise also includes thought leadership, public relations, managed care contracting, strategic marketing, board management, corporate citizenship and strategic development.   (see full bio here)

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Silent & Chance Auction

Come prepared to bid and purchase raffle tickets for a chance to win some amazing prizes! The auction opens at 11am and ends at the start of the program.

Interested in donating an auction item? Complete the form and return it to

Committee List

  • Co-Chairs and Vice Chairs
    • Linda McAleer (Founding Chair)
    • Molly Shepard (Co-Chair)
    • Judy Spires (Co-Chair)
    • Wendi Wasik (Co-Chair)
    • Rhonda Cates (Vice-Chair)
    • Christina Wilson (Vice-Chair)
  • Committee Members
    • Marissa Blank
    • Cindy Bertrando
    • Marci Dwyer
    • Pari Hashemi
    • Jill Michal
    • Shelley Potente
    • Lori Reiner
    • Traeci Simmons
    • Kristin Zeigler

Thank You To Our Sponsors


Contact information

Stephanie Marakowski

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