Posted Friday, October 27, 2006
Money Raised Will Support More MS Programs
Edwards, Colo. • Oct. 27, 2006 – Actress Teri Garr was honored this week in New York City by The Heuga Center for Multiple Sclerosis for her spirit and work advancing awareness about multiple sclerosis (MS) and how to live a positive life with this incurable disease. Garr received the Can Do Award during the 21st Annual Heuga Center Autumn Benefit presented by Rolex Watch USA and Serono, Inc./Pfizer. The black tie gala took place October 24 at the St. Regis Hotel in New York and was attended by 180 guests from across the country. The event raised important funds to support The Heuga Center’s programs for people with MS.
“The generosity shown by guests at the dinner was astonishing,” said Brian Hutchinson, President of The Heuga Center. “Last year we held over 60 programs and touched 7000 people. The funds raised in New York will help us achieve our goals for 2007, which include forging ahead as a world leader in MS management programs, and broadening our base of MS services throughout the country.”
The festive event, touching, and often very humorous, honored the Academy Award nominated actress and author, who has lived with MS for more than 20 years. During the evening’s program, Martha Gingrich, a past CAN DO Program participant from Chappaqua, New York, offered a keynote testimonial that described her journey with MS from hospital bed through the five-day CAN DO Program, to her third appearance in the New York Marathon coming up next month. Gingrich’s 15-year-old daughter, Jessica, provided her own moving testimony about the challenges of growing up with a parent who has MS. By the end of their talk, many of the dinner guests were moved to tears. Teri Garr and her co-author of “Speedbumps – Flooring it through Hollywood”, Ms. Henriette Mantel, turned tears to laughter as they offered their own humorous insights into a disease that often isn’t so funny. CBS newsman, Harry Smith, presided as Master of Ceremonies over the event.
The program included a surprise belated presentation of a Rolex Watch to Jimmie Heuga by Rolex President and CEO Allen Brill, for Jimmie’s induction into the National Ski Hall of Fame thirty years ago. Heuga is the founder of The Heuga Center and widely known for revolutionizing the management of MS to include exercise and a positive outlook.
Sponsors for the 21st Annual Autumn Benefit included Rolex Watch USA, Serono, Inc., Pfizer, Alan and Katherine Strook Fund, Teva Neuroscience, Genentech Corp., Gibney, Anthony & Flaherty LLP, Elaine and David Dana, John & Genie Mulé, O’Connor Davies Munns & Dobbins LLP, National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Sports Illustrated, Liberty Media Corp., Hart Ski Manufacturing.
For more information about The Heuga Center’s programs, call 888.DO.IT.4MS.