Washington, DC (September 19, 2013) – On September 11th, The National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s National Capital Chapter hosted the 35th Annual Ambassadors Ball at the JW Marriott in Washington, D.C.
Emceed by CBS Congressional News Correspondent Nancy Cordes, the well attended evening welcomed newly-assigned Ambassadors and their spouses to the city and honored the Washington Diplomatic Corps for their support of charitable activities and humanitarian endeavors.
This year’s Ambassadors Ball raised nearly $850,000, contributing to the more than $18 million that the event has raised throughout its history. Funds raised will continue to move research forward to identify the cause of and cure for multiple sclerosis, a disease that affects 400,000 Americans and 2.5 million people worldwide. Donations also support local programs and services for those affected by MS in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area.
Guests contributed to the cause by participating in a silent auction including opportunities to dine with Ambassadors at their embassies, exotic getaways, native food and wine, world-wide cultural experiences.
The 2013 co-chairs were Mrs. Terese Casey, wife of Senator Robert Casey of Pennsylvania, and Mrs. Mylene Walden, wife of Congressman Greg Walden of Oregon. Honors were given to Multiple Sclerosis Congressional Caucus Co-Chair Congressman Chris Van Hollen of Maryland, and Caucus member Senator Richard Burr of North Carolina , as well as Former United States Chief of Protocol Ambassador Capricia Penavic Marshall.
For more information on the Multiple Sclerosis Society’s National Capital Chapter, visit www.MSNationalCapital.org.