34th Annual Ambassadors Ball

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Washington, DC (September 14, 2012)  – The National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s National Capital Chapter kicked-off the fall social season with the 34th Annual Ambassadors Ball, which took place at The Ritz-Carlton, Washington D.C. on September 12. The 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.

The Ambassadors Ball was held in the midst of both tragedy and celebration for the MS community, and the world at large. President Obama sent remarks to be shared with the diplomatic community regarding the attacks on the U.S. Consulate in Libya.

In the face of this tragedy came hopeful news for people living with multiple sclerosis when the FDA approved teriflunomide yesterday, only the second oral medication for people with relapsing forms of MS. This medical breakthrough demonstrates the powerful results of worldwide MS research initiatives, nearly 400 of which are funded by National MS Society.

This year’s Ambassadors Ball raised more than $850,000, contributing to the nearly $17 million that the event has raised over its history. In addition to research, funds raised support programs and services for the 400,000 Americans living with MS, and ultimately the 2.1 million people worldwide affected by this disease.

Nancy Cordes of CBS News, presided over the evening dinner. Photo by Michael Woestehoff.

The 2012 co-chairs for the ball were Annie Coons, wife of Senator Chris Coons; Melodee Hanes, wife of Senator Max Baucus; Nancy Camp, wife of Congressman Dave Camp; and Judy McCarthy, wife of Congressman Kevin McCarthy.

The Ambassadors Ball carries a tradition in which the co-chairs are introduced to speak by their husbands. This tradition was nearly broken when the Senate was called in for a vote just minutes before the program was scheduled to begin. However, Senator Coons and Senator Baucus demonstrated impressive dedication to their congressional roles as well as their wives by leaving to cast their votes and returning in time to also introduce and honor their wives.

For more information on the Ambassadors Ball and other events, visit www.MSandYOU.org

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