Posted Tuesday, September 10, 2013
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Jennifer Myers, Director of Marketing and Communications
Can Do Multiple Sclerosis™
Edwards, Colo. • September 10, 2013 – This fall marks Can Do MS’s 28th Annual Autumn Benefit in New York City at the Metropolitan Club (One East 60th Street, New York, NY 10022) on Thursday, October 24, 2013, starting with a cocktail reception at 7:00 p.m. Can Do MS’s most elegant fundraising gala has been devoted to celebrating the legacy of organizational founder and Olympic medalist skier, Jimmie Heuga, by honoring an individual in the community who demonstrates the can do spirit and who has made a significant contribution to improving the lives of others with multiple sclerosis (MS). This year, Clay Walker, founder of Band Against MS (BAMS) and multi-platinum recording artist will be Can Do MS’s 2013 Can Do Award Recipient and Honoree.
As a true fan favorite with a devoted legion of followers across the country, Clay Walker made his country music debut in 1993 with his smash hit “What’s It To You,” which quickly climbed to No. 1 on the Billboard charts. Since then, he has sold over 11 million albums, had 11 No. 1 hit singles, four RIAA platinum and two gold certified albums under his belt. Clay is currently out supporting his critically acclaimed ninth studio album She Won’t Be Lonely Long. Outside of the stage and studio, Clay is the founder of Band Against MS (BAMS) a non-profit charity that funds MS research and education. Walker established BAMS in 2003 with the goal of helping others living with the same disease he has battled since 1996. To date, BAMS has raised more than $2 million. He is currently the host of TROPHY HUNTERS TV on the Outdoor Channel and in April released his first self-penned book entitled Jesus Was A Country Boy (Howard Books/Simon & Schuster). In the book, Clay shares some of the struggles he’s gone through, which includes -among other things- being diagnosed with MS at 26 years old, and how his strong faith got him through everything.
“We are honored and excited to present Clay with our 2013 Can Do Award,” said Heidi A. Heltzel, President and CEO, Can Do MS. “Clay’s charisma, personality and charitable work with the Band Against MS charity makes him the perfect recipient of our Can Do Award. BAMS provides hope for those living with MS and educates them on the importance of managing their disease, which aligns with Can Do MS’s mission to provide lifestyle empowerment programs to families living with MS and improve their quality of life. We look forward to working with Clay in creating awareness for MS and providing more free programming from funds raised at our Annual Autumn Benefit.”
“Receiving the Can Do Award is an honor, especially from an organization that continues to renew hope for people living with MS,” said Clay. “I believe you can live a healthy and active life with MS by focusing on what you can do. I hope our combined efforts will inspire others to live their best life possible with MS.”
Tickets for the event are now available for $500 per person. Purchase tickets online at http://www.mscando.org/autumnbenefit. Table sponsors are also available for $10,000 (10 seats) by contacting Can Do MS directly at 800-367-3101 ext. 1278. Can Do MS hopes to raise over $180,000 this year at the 28th Annual Autumn Benefit.
For more information on the event details or sponsorship information, please visit www.mscando.org/autumnbenefit.
Can Do MS’s 2013 Annual Autumn Benefit is presented by Rolex Watch USA and Novartis Pharmaceuticals. Additional sponsors include Genzyme Corporation, EMD Serono / Pfizer, Genentech, Inc., Teva Pharmaceuticals, Questcor Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Alan & Katherine Stroock Fund and Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s.
About Can Do MS
A national nonprofit organization based in Edwards, Colo., Can Do MS is an innovative provider of lifestyle empowerment programs that empower people with MS and their support partners to transform and improve their quality of life. For more information, visit the organization’s website at www.mscando.org or call 800-367-3101.
About Clay Walker/Band Against MS Foundation
Band Against MS, Inc. (BAMS) is a 501 (c) (3), or not-for-profit, public charity committed to providing educational information for those living with Multiple Sclerosis, funding programs, researching a cure for Multiple Sclerosis, and funding programs helping those living with the disease. Nationally acclaimed recording artist Clay Walker established BAMS in February 2003 because he wanted to help others living with the same disease he has battled since 1996. http://www.bandagainstms.org/ For more information on Clay Walker please go to www.claywalker.com.