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Record day in River Oaks: Multiple Sclerosis fighting superwoman hangs it up after an unprecedented run

Record day in River Oaks: MS fighting superwoman hangs it up

Judi Johnson, from left, Bobby Dees and Franelle Rogers at the MS Society luncheon March 2015
Luncheon honorees Judi Johnson, from left, Saks Fifth Avenue's Bobby Dees with luncheon chair Franelle Rogers. Photo by © Kim Coffman
Vicki Kanaly, from left, Juli Eichler, Debbie Kanaly and Debbie Brossman at the MS Society luncheon March 2015
Vicki Kanaly, from left, Juli Eichler, Debbie Kanaly and Debbie Brossman. Photo by © Kim Coffman
Sarah and Earl Dyke at the MS Society luncheon March 2015
Sarah and Earl Dyke. Photo by © Kim Coffman
Sandra Porter and Mark Bermann at the MS Society luncheon March 2015
Sandra Porter and Mark Bermann. Photo by © Kim Coffman
Sallie Morian and Michael Clark at the MS Society luncheon March 2015
Sallie Morian and Michael Clark. Photo by © Kim Coffman
Natalie Nicholson-Clark, left, and Glenda Nicholson at the MS Society luncheon March 2015
Natalie Nicholson-Clark, left, and Glenda Nicholson. Photo by © Kim Coffman
Nabil and Rita Joubran at the MS Society luncheon March 2015
Nabil and Rita Joubran. Photo by © Kim Coffman
Marilyn Jaggard, from left, Ann Jaggard and Steve and Ellen Jaggard at the MS Society luncheon March 2015
Marilyn Jaggard, from left, Ann Jaggard and Steve and Ellen Jaggard. Photo by © Kim Coffman
Lesha Elsenbrook, left, and Ilene Allen at the MS Society luncheon March 2015
Lesha Elsenbrook, left, and Ilene Allen. Photo by © Kim Coffman
Jack and Judi Johnson at the MS Society luncheon March 2015
Jack and Judi Johnson. Photo by © Kim Coffman
Don and Joy McCormack at the MS Society luncheon March 2015
Don and Joy McCormack. Photo by © Kim Coffman
Diane Lokey Farb, from left, Cora Sue Mach and Rose Cullen at the MS Society luncheon March 2015
Diane Lokey Farb, from left, Cora Sue Mach and Rose Cullen. Photo by © Kim Coffman
Diana Mattingly, from left, Katie Brass and Joyce Brass at the MS Society luncheon March 2015
Diana Mattingly, from left, Katie Brass and Joyce Brass. Photo by © Kim Coffman
Bobby and Wezy Dees at the MS Society luncheon March 2015
Bobby and Wezy Dees. Photo by © Kim Coffman
Anny Whyte, from left, Bobbie Nau and Cathy Brock at the MS Society luncheon March 2015
Anny Whyte, from left, Bobbie Nau and Cathy Brock. Photo by © Kim Coffman
Judi Johnson, from left, Bobby Dees and Franelle Rogers at the MS Society luncheon March 2015
Vicki Kanaly, from left, Juli Eichler, Debbie Kanaly and Debbie Brossman at the MS Society luncheon March 2015
Sarah and Earl Dyke at the MS Society luncheon March 2015
Sandra Porter and Mark Bermann at the MS Society luncheon March 2015
Sallie Morian and Michael Clark at the MS Society luncheon March 2015
Natalie Nicholson-Clark, left, and Glenda Nicholson at the MS Society luncheon March 2015
Nabil and Rita Joubran at the MS Society luncheon March 2015
Marilyn Jaggard, from left, Ann Jaggard and Steve and Ellen Jaggard at the MS Society luncheon March 2015
Lesha Elsenbrook, left, and Ilene Allen at the MS Society luncheon March 2015
Jack and Judi Johnson at the MS Society luncheon March 2015
Don and Joy McCormack at the MS Society luncheon March 2015
Diane Lokey Farb, from left, Cora Sue Mach and Rose Cullen at the MS Society luncheon March 2015
Diana Mattingly, from left, Katie Brass and Joyce Brass at the MS Society luncheon March 2015
Bobby and Wezy Dees at the MS Society luncheon March 2015
Anny Whyte, from left, Bobbie Nau and Cathy Brock at the MS Society luncheon March 2015

"This is my last swan song," Franelle Rogers told the gathering of 450 in the River Oaks Country Club Ballroom. Indeed, after six years at the helm of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society "On the Move" luncheon, this dedicated lady really is hanging up her hat.

In her unprecedented tenure as luncheon chair, Rogers has overseen fundraising that topped $750,000. With this last effort, Rogers wanted to break all records. And she did. The largest turnout for the event meant record dollars or MS research — more than $200,000.

Rogers' efforts were awarded by the National MS Society with the surprise presentation to her of a gold pin, indicating her induction into the organization's Fundraising Hall of Fame at the Gold Level. Hers was just the first of the honors with additional praise going to Judi Johnson as Person on the Move and Saks Fifth Avenue, represented by GM Bobby Dees, as Company on the Move.

The program included a testimonial by MS patient Rita Joubran followed by a presentation from her children and their cousins with special MS fighting words — We're gonna beat MS — sung to Katy Perry's "Roar." See a video of the kids singing here.

Emcee Deborah Duncan led a panel discussion with experts from the Houstonian Hotel, Club & Spa on MS good health and nutrition plans for MS patients while Dr. George Hutton talked about the latest MS research.

The sellout crowd included honorary chair Sallie Morian, Bobbie Nau, Carol Sawyer, Rose Cullen, Katie Brass, Joelle Rogers, Debbie Kanaly, JoAnn Petersen, Glenda Nicholson, Natalie Nicholson-Clark, Jack Johnson and Joy and Don McCormack.

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