MS Record Breaker

Heroes in battle against MS draw sellout crowd and raise record amount at luncheon

Heroes in battle against MS draw sellout crowd and raise record amount

MS on the Move, March 2016, Franelle Rogers, Wendy Bedortha, Zamir Rauf
Luncheon honorees Franelle Rogers, Wendy Bedortha, Zamir Rauf. Photo by Dave Rossman
MS on the Move, March 2016, Deborah Duncan, Katie Brass, Alicia Smith
Luncheon chairs Deborah Duncan, Katie Brass, Alicia Smith. Photo by Dave Rossman
on the Move, March 2016, Alexandra knight, Stephanie Cockrell, Barbara Aliquo
Alexandra knight, Stephanie Cockrell, Barbara Aliquo. Photo by Dave Rossman
MS on the Move, March 2016, Brian Ross, Catie Ross,
Brian Ross, Catie Ross. Photo by Dave Rossman
MS on the Move, March 2016, Emily Covey, Kay Holmes, Laura Dalton
Emily Covey, Kay Holmes, Laura Dalton. Photo by Dave Rossman
MS on the Move, March 2016, Jennifer Gilliam, Marita Fairbanks
Jennifer Gilliam, Marita Fairbanks. Photo by Dave Rossman
MS on the Move, March 2016, Erin Maggi, Amanda Chipman and Emily Covey
Erin Maggi, Amanda Chipman, Emily Covey. Photo by Dave Rossman
MS on the Move, March 2016, Lucinda Loya, Amy Murchison
Lucinda Loya, Amy Murchison. Photo by Dave Rossman
MS on the Move, March 2016, Linda Transier, Debi Duckworth, Linda Dewhurst
Lynda Transier, Debi Duckworth, Linda Dewhurst. Photo by Dave Rossman
MS on the Move, March 2016, AJ, Hallie, Diana, Joycie, Katie Brass
The Brass family back row: A.J., Diana, Katie. Front row: Diana and Katie. Photo by Dave Rossman
MS on the Move, March 2016, Kelly Weinzierl, Thad Hill
Kelly Weinzierl, Thad Hill. Photo by Dave Rossman
MS on the Move, March 2016, Joy McCormack, Don McCormack
Joy McCormack, Don McCormack. Photo by Dave Rossman
MS on the Move, March 2016, Franelle Rogers, Wendy Bedortha, Zamir Rauf
MS on the Move, March 2016, Deborah Duncan, Katie Brass, Alicia Smith
on the Move, March 2016, Alexandra knight, Stephanie Cockrell, Barbara Aliquo
MS on the Move, March 2016, Brian Ross, Catie Ross,
MS on the Move, March 2016, Emily Covey, Kay Holmes, Laura Dalton
MS on the Move, March 2016, Jennifer Gilliam, Marita Fairbanks
MS on the Move, March 2016, Erin Maggi, Amanda Chipman and Emily Covey
MS on the Move, March 2016, Lucinda Loya, Amy Murchison
MS on the Move, March 2016, Linda Transier, Debi Duckworth, Linda Dewhurst
MS on the Move, March 2016, AJ, Hallie, Diana, Joycie, Katie Brass
MS on the Move, March 2016, Kelly Weinzierl, Thad Hill
MS on the Move, March 2016, Joy McCormack, Don McCormack

After six years of chairing the National MS Society's annual luncheon, Franelle Rogers hung up her chairwoman's gavel last year only to be back in the spotlight on Wednesday when she received the luncheon's Above and Beyond Award. The big surprise was that the honor will be forever named in her honor, a tribute to her years of leadership and dedication.

The 2016 fundraiser broke all records with a sellout gathering of 500 filling the River Oaks Country Club ballroom and with record proceeds of $300,000.

Applause, applause for luncheon chairs Deborah Duncan (who doubled as emcee), Alicia Smith and Katie Brass, known for resilience in her own battle aginst MS. Aiding in the cause were honorary chairs Kay Holmes, Emily Covey and Laura Dalton.

Also honored were Person on the Move Wendy Bethora and Company on the Move Calpine Corp., represented by Zamir Rauf.

Highlight of the luncheon was the keynote address by nationally-recognized MS patient Kate Milliken, inspiration for Mycounterpane.com. She concluded her remarks asking, “My beautiful Texans to take the hand next to you and let’s all just have a moment of feeling this emotional power.  Whether or not you continue to share it or not, know this is what it’s about. Healing for all of us and for MS.”

Supporters included AJ Brass, Stephanie Cockrell, Lucinda Loya, Amy Murchison, Thad Hill, Barbara and Roberto Iglesias, Rose Cullen, Diana and Joe Mattingly, Jennifer Gilliam, Ray Garcia, Penny Loyd and Lesha Elsenbrook.

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