Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada-Quebec Division

Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada-Quebec Division

June 08, 2009 06:00 ET

Wams Gala Luncheon Raises $166,000 for the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada, Quebec Division

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - June 8, 2009) -

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On May 15th at the Montreal Palais des congres, the third Quebec WAMS gala luncheon was held. Attended by 400 guests, the event raised $166,000 to support the search for a cure for multiple sclerosis and improve the quality of life of people with MS. Thanks to the participation of hundreds of businesswomen, the Quebec Division of the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada will be able to help end MS someday.

A Meeting of Women of Influence

Again this year, the guests were delighted to be able to share this gala luncheon with Mistress of Ceremonies Sophie Thibault, who is also an Ambassador and spokesperson for the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada. With humour and sensitivity, Ms. Thibault rallied everyone to the cause and shared her experience with the disease: her mother had multiple sclerosis for over 50 years.

Johanne Lepine, President and CEO of Aon Parizeau, herself honoured at the 2008 WAMS gala luncheon, paid an emotional tribute to Christiane Bergevin, Senior Vice-President and General Manager - Corporate Projects, with SNC-Lavalin Group Inc., and presented her with the 2009 WAMS Award of Distinction. Touched, Ms. Bergevin thanked the many people who crossed her path and helped her to be successful in life and in her career.

WAMS for a Future without MS

The Quebec Division of the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada is proud to have the support of great women who have opened doors and paved the way for the women who will follow them. Their leadership and philanthropy will certainly help the multiple sclerosis cause. Like them, the committee members have put their hearts into this campaign and are among the many women of action who are working together to build a future without MS.

WAMS Campaign

The WAMS campaign began in the United States in 1999. Named Women Against MS (WAMS), this event was created by committed women who wanted to contribute in their own way to the fight against multiple sclerosis. The fund-raiser's success and the awareness raised are linked to the originality of the concept that combines networking and philanthropy. The Quebec version, called UNIES pour la SP in French, was suggested to Montreal businesswomen in fall 2006. The campaign has been very successful in Quebec. Because of the generosity of committed businesswomen, $526,000 has been raised to help the 13,000 to 18,000 Quebecers who have multiple sclerosis.

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