College Basketball Analyst for ESPN/ABC Sports, Dick Vitale Speaks to Sold-Out Crowd in Greensboro, NC to Benefit the Central North Carolina Chapter of the National MS Society. Emily Conner, Special Events Manager National MS Society, Central North Carolina Chapter:
"On Wednesday, June 14, 2006, Dick Vitale spoke at the MS Society’s 2006 Greensboro Dinner of Champions to a sold out crowd of more then 725. This is the first time the event has sold out in its more than 25 year history. The event raised more than $120,000 and featured a VIP reception with Dick Vitale prior to the dinner, as well as a silent auction.
New Breed Corporations served as the presenting sponsor of the 2006 MS Society Greensboro Dinner of Champions. Fred Barakat served as honorary chair and received the distinguished Norman Cohn Hope Award, the most prestigious volunteer award the National MS Society can bestow for his exceptional leadership and commitment to the Dinners of Champions, at the event. Barakat has served as a dinner honoree and honorary chair and secured speakers and panelists, changing the scope of the dinners and raising hundreds of thousands of dollars for the MS Society. The general chairs were Erik Albright, partner at Smith Moore, and Steve Showfety, CEO of the Koury Corporation.
“The energy that Dick Vitale brought was so exciting!” said Elizabeth Green, President of the Central North Carolina Chapter of the National MS Society. “The audience was spellbound by his enthusiastic, larger than life presence and catchy, humorous ‘Vitale-isms.’ We are so very honored that Mr. Vitale generously volunteered his time and talents to work with us to fight multiple sclerosis.”
In addition to funding MS-related research, the Central North Carolina Chapter provides services and programs to nearly 2,100 people with MS and their families in 15 North Carolina counties: Alamance, Alleghany, Ashe, Caswell, Davidson, Davie, Forsyth, Guilford, Randolph, Rockingham, Stokes, Surry, Watauga, Wilkes and Yadkin.
Studies show that early and ongoing treatment with an FDA-approved therapy can reduce future disease activity and improve quality of life for many people with multiple sclerosis. Talk to your health care professional and contact the National MS Society at www.nationalmssociety.org or 1-800-FIGHT-MS to learn about ways to help manage multiple sclerosis and about current research that may one day reveal a cure."
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