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Houston model's story of strength celebrated at National MS Society's annual luncheon

Houston model's story of strength celebrated at MS Society's luncheon

Gina Gaston Sylvester Turner Melanie Lawson Camerone Parker McCullough
Gina Gaston, Mayor Sylvester Turner, Melanie Lawson, and Camerone Parker McCulloch. Photo courtesy of MS Society Houston
Wendy Bedortha Emily Covey Leslie Pine Joslyn Paris
Wendy Bedortha, Emily Covey, Leslie Pine, and Joslyn Paris.  Photo courtesy of MS Society Houston
Franelle Rogers Gina Gaston
Franelle Rogers and Gina Gaston.  Photo courtesy of MS Society Houston
Camerone Parker McCulloch Shawntelle McWilliams
Camerone Parker McCulloch and Shawntelle McWilliams.  Photo courtesy of MS Society Houston
Houston MS Luncheon Korto Momolu seatbelt coat
Koroto Momolu seatbelt coat.  Photo courtesy of MS Society Houston
Gina Gaston Sylvester Turner Melanie Lawson Camerone Parker McCullough
Wendy Bedortha Emily Covey Leslie Pine Joslyn Paris
Franelle Rogers Gina Gaston
Camerone Parker McCulloch Shawntelle McWilliams
Houston MS Luncheon Korto Momolu seatbelt coat

What: National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s On the Move Luncheon

Where: River Oaks Country Club

The scoop: More than 400 guests packed the ballroom at the River Oaks Country Club for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s annual On the Move Luncheon. The 2018 event was under the leadership of Chairman, Shawntell McWilliams, and Honorary Chairmen, Franelle Rogers, Don McCormack and Stuart Burbach.

Mayor Sylvester Turner was in attendance to introduce keynote speaker, Camerone Parker McCulloch, print and runway model for the prestigious FORD agency to the stage only to surprise her with a proclamation in her honor. Gina Gaston, from ABC13 played dual role as emcee and interviewer as Camerone shared her emotional journey being diagnosed with MS at 32 and keeping it a secret for ten years before publicly sharing her private battle.

When she reflected on the decision to go public in 2009, she stated: “I want my life to be as authentic as my walk.” Camerone’s message of, “You have to get up or give up and I chose to get up,” moved many in the audience to tears.

Melanie Lawson, ABC13 anchor was honored as this year’s Person On the Move for her service on the Society board. Gerald Merfish was honored as the Above & Beyond award recipient for raising over $450,000 over the past eighteen years. Lisa Sailor, Hope Award recipient was recognized for her selfless service to the MS Society as well as adopting 27 Hurricane Harvey families.

Camerone showcased her love for fashion by exhibiting her private collection of Project Runway pieces.  The six pieces included designs by Peach Carr, Kini Zamora and Korto Momolu's seatbelt coat to name a few. The event raised more than $200,000 for the National MS Society, whose mission is to help people affected by MS live their best lives by stopping MS in its tracks, restoring what has been lost and ultimately ending MS.

Who: Peach Carr, Stephanie and Estela Cockrell, Katie Brass, Sippi Khurana, Brigitte Kalai, Bobbie Nau, Merele Yarborough, Rita and Nabil Joubran, Doe and Henry Florsheim, Reverend William Lawson, Art Rascon, Ilona Carson, Tim Heller, and Elita Loresca.