A Day to Remember

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In case you haven’t heard, Sunday, May 1, 2011 was an unforgettable day. People were cheering, smiling, sharing a few emotional exchanges and uniting together to celebrate  extraordinary efforts.   Why?

The Glenpointe Marriott’s Grand Ballroom was packed for the MS Center’s 14th Annual Spring Fashion Fling.   The event raised money for patients and families living with Multiple Sclerosis with a fabulous luncheon, raffle and fashion show.

And of course, if you’re like most folks here on the east coast, the day became even more memorable later in the evening for much different reasons.

On top of it being one of the nicest days of the year weather-wise, it was great to see the whole MS  Center team in action and all the volunteers gathered again for such a worthy cause; like Susan Zurndorfer, from the MS Center, as the event Chairperson, Chris Cimino, from WNBC-TV as the Honorary Chairperson and Saks 5 Avenue providing  the fashions.

MS Center friends and VIP's: (From Left) Gabe Savarese from Biogen Idec, Marcello Pedalino from MMP Entertainment, Englewood Cliff's Mayor & HNHC Foundation Chairman- Joeseph Parisi, Susan Zurndorfer- Fashion Show Chairperson, Sandi Farrell- MS Center Volunteer, Marie Franco from The Westchester Marriott, Patrice Jungermann from The Sheraton Crossroads, Lisa Futterman from The MS Center, & Chris Cimino from WNBC TV

It was also nice to spend the afternoon with my good friend from high school, Gabe Savarese. He works for Biogen Idec, a fortune 500 company that provides research and development in the fight against neurological diseases like MS.    Biogen was a generous contributor at the event and Gabe volunteered his time to assist the patients from the MS Center who were modeling onto and off  the runway during the show.

MMP Entertainment provided the audio support for the production as well as the annual half-time performance.

Click here, if you’d like to support the MS Center and the fight against Multiple Sclerosis.  Onwards and upwards.  See you next year!   -mp

Spring Fashions For A Great Cause

fashion-fling11It was an honor to team up again with the MS Center at Holy Name Hospital for their Spring Fashion Show fundraiser at the Glenpoint Marriot in Teaneck, NJ.

Chris Cimino, the always-dapper meteorologist from WNBC’s Today In New York, returned to serve as honorary chairperson and co-emcee along with the  always-radiant event chairperson, Susan Zurndorfer.

Susan Zurndorfer and Lisa Futterman

The Dynamic Duo, Susan Zurndorfer and Lisa Futterman

The wonder-woman behind the entire production, Lisa Futterman, would give the energizer bunny a run for his money any day of the week.

Speaking of money, each year the MS Center puts 100% of the event proceeds towards patient care and research.

The Guests were treated to a four course lunch, a dazzling show produced by Lord & Taylor, luxurious prizes, huge raffles and a little  half-time entertainment by yours truly.

The highlight of the day was watching the models go down the runway, especially the patients who volunteered to strut their stuff and inspire everyone in attendance.


Kevin and Debbie walk the runway at the 2009 Spring Fashion Show

Kevin McCarthy, the foundation’s VP of Development and Executive Director summed up the day perfectly, ” …The mood this event generated is a testament to the MS Center and the place it has in the hearts of its patients and their families The dedication of its staff, physicians and volunteers is truly impressive…”

Special thanks to Patrice and Mika from the Marriot for their hospitality and professionalism.

Onwards and upwards, see you next year.

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