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National MS Society's Dinner of Champions
09/27/2010 - By Los Angeles, CA

National MS Society's Dinner of Champions

The Southern California Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society honored Adam Fogelson, Chairman, Universal Pictures, at the 36th annual Dinner of Champions on September 27.

The gala event, which took place at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles, raised more than $1.8 million for the Society. Proceeds from the dinner aid in the research, programs and services that the Society supports throughout the year. Musician David Osmond was presented with the Dorothy Corwin Spirit of Life Award. Osmond, who was diagnosed with MS four years ago, has passionately dedicated himself to raising awareness of multiple sclerosis, the most disabling disease among young adults.

Dinner Chairman Tom Sherak presented the award to Adam Fogelson in recognition of Universal’s continued support in helping us move closer toward a world free of multiple sclerosis. To honor his family Donny Osmond performed at the dinner, including a song with his nephew David. Byron Allen served as master of ceremonies for the 18th year. Special guests attending included Annette Bening & Warren Beatty, Ian Gomez & Nia Vardalos, Phil Keoghan, Bill Pullman and Adam Sandler.

Byron Allen, Joe Roth and Tom Sherak served as Dinner Chairs. Previous honorees have included such distinguished individuals as Sir Howard Stringer, Steven Hilton, Peter Chernin, Joe Roth, Amy Pascal, Jim Gianopulos, Bob and Harvey Weinstein, Tom Rothman, Michael Lynton, Rob Moore and most recently Rob Friedman. Previous recipients of the Spirit of Life Award include Annette Funicello, Richard Pryor, Alan Osmond, David Lander, Michael Kamen and Teri Garr.

The Dinner of Champions is one of the most highly visible fundraising events in Los Angeles, one that has been overwhelmingly embraced by the entertainment industry. Each year, the dinner honors a philanthropist who has made a significant contribution to the movement to end multiple sclerosis. Because of fundraising events such as the Dinner of Champions, the Society is able to support more MS research and offer more services for people with MS than any other MS organization in the world. The Society invests $45 million annually to support MS research to discover better treatments and ultimately a cure for this chronic, unpredictable, and often disabling disease. Proceeds from the Dinner also support vital programs and services for people who have MS and their families.

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