National Multiple Sclerosis Society

MS Gala & Charity Fashion Show Presented by DBS Financial Group

Monday, December 6th, 2010

28th Anniversary MS Gala & Charity Fashion Show Presented by DBS Financial Group

On January 20, 2011, 1,200 of South Florida’s elite and philanthropic residents will be attending the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, South Florida Chapter 28th Annual MS Gala & Charity Fashion Show presented by DBS Financial Group held at the Broward County Convention Center at 10 a.m.

For her third consecutive year, Deborah DelPrete will be chairing The MS Gala & Charity Fashion Show, which is South Florida’s largest luncheon and fashion show and has become one of the most prestigious fundraisers in the community. Last year’s charity event raised more than $450,000 in the fight against MS.

Phillis Oeters will be honored with this year’s Hope Award. Oeters is the Corporate Vice President of Government and Community Relations of Baptist Health South Florida. Oeters serves on several community boards, including, the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce, Beacon Council, United Way, Coral Gables Community Foundation, and Nat Moore Foundation. She is also Chairman of the Board of the Neurologically Injured Compensation Fund for the State of Florida, a billion dollar fund responsible for caring for children injured at birth.

“We are so pleased to honor Phillis Oeters for her extraordinary efforts in advocating for health care for all Floridians and her outstanding work on behalf of the entire South Florida Community,” said Karen Dresbach, President of the National MS Society, South Florida Chapter. “She is South Florida’s very own superwoman.”

Carrie and David Schulman, principles of DBS Financial Group, will serve as the title sponsor for the event. The Schulman’s have been involved with the Gala since its inception in 1983, which has raised more than $4.5 million to help the National MS Society fund research to find the cause of MS, ways to treat MS and ultimately, a cure for the disease.

Designer Rene Ruiz will bring his annual fashion show back to the MS Gala for the eighth year. He will dazzle guests with the debut of his new collection for women and men, and will give Supermodels for a Day an opportunity to strut down the runway in a design made especially for them. Ruiz is credited for helping South Florida become an international fashion center. His Coral Gables atelier showcases ready-to-wear designs, as well as cocktail, eveningwear, bridal and custom couture.

The runway models will glitter with exquisite jewelry provided by J.R. Dunn Jewelers, the official jewelry sponsor of the MS Gala & Fashion Show.

The MS Gala & Fashion Show’s generous sponsors include Philanthropic Partners, Michele & Steve Jackman, Platinum Sponsor, Bienenfeld, Lasek & Starr, LLC and the exclusive Automobile Sponsor, South Florida Audi Dealers.

For further information on the MS Gala & Fashion Show please contact Monica Whiting at the National MS Society, South Florida Chapter at 954-731-4224; 1-800 FIGHT MS; or visit www.nmssfls.org.

Bike for National Multiple Sclerosis Society

Tuesday, August 24th, 2010

Join us October 16, 2010 for the best ride of your life! Bike MS is Southern California’s premier cycling event. We have route options for every level of cyclists, ranging from 15 – 160 miles; you will surely find a route fit for you.

You’ll explore Southern California’s most picturesque areas on your bike. The event starts in the beautiful city of Ventura and passes through the communities of Santa Paula, Ojai, Casitas, Montecito and Carpentaria. Day two takes riders from Ventura through Oxnard and Camarillo. Participants have the option of camping at San Buenaventura State Beach, the site of our start/finish line and festival, or staying in one of the adjacent hotels.

We will be with you every pedal stroke of the way as you take on the challenge and join the movement to create a world free of MS. Enjoy delicious meals and strong support, with rest stops every 15 miles and support vehicles along the route. A fantastic festival awaits you on Saturday afternoon with great food, music, massage tent and a beer garden.

Most importantly, you will not only get an unforgettable weekend, but a chance to make a difference for people with multiple sclerosis. The money you raise will support education, advocacy, research and local programs that enhance the quality of life for people with MS and their families.

For more information, visit Bike MS: Southern California.