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Chapter Honors Anne Marie Whittemore at 2014 Dinner of Champions

October 30, 2014

National MS Society, Central & Eastern Virginia Chapter Honors Anne Marie Whittemore at 2014 Dinner of Champions

October 9, 2014 (Richmond, VA) – Anne Marie Whittemore, Partner at McGuireWoods LLP, was presented The Hope Award at the National MS Society, Central & Eastern Virginia Chapter’s 2014 Dinner of Champions on Thursday, October 9th at The Jefferson Hotel in downtown Richmond. The Award is named for Norman Cohn who was active in the fight against multiple sclerosis for 33 years, during which time he contributed his time, wisdom and personal resources unstintingly to help those with MS. Believing that volunteers are the lifeblood of the Society, Mr. Cohn established a strong network of active volunteers at local, regional and national levels. The Norman Cohn Hope Award is the most prestigious National Society volunteer award at the chapter level and is presented to someone who has maintained an exceptional leadership role in the community. They exhibit vision, extensive civic voluntary action and exemplify hope for a future free of MS.

Anne Marie Whittemore began her legal career with McGuireWoods LLP after a clerkship with Judge Albert V. Bryan Sr. of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. In her more than forty years with the firm, she has represented companies and individuals in commercial litigation at the trial and appellate levels in state and federal court. She has also advised on corporate governance issues. Anne was a member of the Executive Committee of the firm for more than twenty years. She was elected to membership in the American College of Trial Lawyers and has been recognized as one of the 50 most influential women lawyers in the United States. She served as president of the Richmond Bar Association and of the Virginia Law Foundation and was appointed by the Virginia Supreme Court to chair the Commission on Virginia Courts in the 21st Century.

Anne also serves on the Board of Directors of Albemarle Corporation, Owens & Minor Inc. and T. Rowe Price Group, Inc. She served on the Board of Directors of the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond and is a past chair of the Board. She is a former director of Fort James Corporation, USF&G Corporation and Promus Hotel Corporation.

Anne has been engaged in educational issues as a lawyer and as a volunteer. She was a member of the legal team that represented the Virginia Military Institute and The Citadel in admissions litigation. She is a past member of the Board of Visitors of Virginia Commonwealth University and of Old Dominion University. She has recently completed service on the Board of Trustees of Hampden-Sydney College. She also served on the Board of Governors of St. Christopher’s School and is a former member of the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia and of the Board of Trustees of the VMI Foundation.

She currently serves on the Advisory Board of the Massey Cancer Center. She is a past member of the Board of Governors of The Community Foundation and the Board of Directors of the Museum of the Confederacy.

A graduate of Vassar College and of Yale Law School, Anne has received honorary degrees from the University of Richmond and from The Citadel.

Anne was married to the late Robert H. Patterson, Jr. She has a family of one son, three stepchildren, one grandson and seven step-grandchildren, as well as her two sisters and brother.

In conjunction with receiving The Hope Award, Anne Marie Whittemore is featured on The Millenium Cup of Hope housed in the corner of the museum at the historic Jefferson Hotel. The solid sterling cup was manufactured circa 1885 by the J.E. Caldwell Company of Philadelphia, PA. The upper portion of the cup has two aladdin lamps connected by harvest baskets for gathering God’s bountiful resources. The board felt that this motif was very fitting to represent the Society’s hope that corporate and individual benefactors would be inspired to give of their resources toward the achievement of our goal to create a world free of multiple sclerosis during the 21st century.

Thanks to the diligent work of the Dinner Chair and Vice Chairs, as well as committed sponsors, the Dinner of Champions raised over $425,000 to help fund cutting edge research and provide local programs and services to those living with multiple sclerosis in Central & Eastern Virginia.

  • Dinner Chair: J. Alfred Broaddus, Jr., Retired President of Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond
  • Vice Chairs: Thomas N. Allen, The Clovelly Corporation; Peter J. Bernard, Bon Secours Virginia Health Systems; Grace R. Den Hartog, Owens & Minor; Mary C. Doswell, Dominion Resources; Steven A. Markel, Markel Corporation; Thurston R. Moore, Hunton & Williams; Michael Rao, Virginia Commonwealth University; Joseph K. Reid, McGuireWoods LLP; James E. Rogers, Retired; Linda V. Shreiner, MeadWestvaco; James E. Ukrop, New Richmond Ventures.
  • Presenting Sponsors: Albemarle Foundation, Bon Secours Richmond Health System, Margaret & Al Broaddus, Dominion, The Gray Family Foundation, McGuireWoods LLP, T. Rowe Price, and The Whittemore Family.

 

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About the Virginia - West Virginia Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society

The Virginia - West Virginia Chapter of the National MS Society provides comprehensive programs and advocacy to assist and empower the more than 12,000 individuals with multiple sclerosis residing throughout Virginia and West Virginia, as well as three counties in northeastern North Carolina and seven counties in southeastern Kentucky. The Virginia - West Virginia Chapter is also a driving force of research for the prevention, treatment and cure of MS and contributes funds to support National MS Society research projects worldwide. The Chapter has offices in Richmond, VA; Virginia Beach, VA; Charlottesville, VA; and Charleston, WV.

About Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple sclerosis is an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system that disrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and body. Symptoms range from numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis. The progress, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot yet be predicted, but advances in research and treatment are leading to better understanding and moving us closer to a world free of MS. Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, with at least two to three times more women than men being diagnosed with the disease. MS affects more than 2.3 million people worldwide.

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