On Tuesday September 8th, Distinguished Ambassadors, Washington VIP’s, prominent politicians and business leaders came together at the Marriot Marquis for The Multiple Sclerosis Society’s 37th Annual Ambassadors Ball, an evening of recognition honoring the Diplomatic Community for their philanthropic endeavors, charitable contributions, and demonstrated service to others.
Each year, this highly anticipated event kicks off the social season where elegant attendees make their Fall debut in beautiful gowns & black-tie to come together in support of the 18,000 people affected by MS in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. Former U.S. Chief of Protocol Capricia Marshall welcomed guests as the evening’s Honorary Event Chair along with co-chairs Erica Castro & Brian Rodgers, who were joined by their spouses HUD Secretary Julian Castro and Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers.
Next, guests made their way to the ballroom for the dinner reception and awards ceremony. The program began with opening remarks from President Bill Clinton, who addressed attendees via a specially recorded video message.
The evenings program commenced, and an exquisite three-course dinner was served while guests were collectively moved by an evening defined by it’s stories of inspiration and messages of hope. Keynote speeches were delivered by Secretary John Kerry, Senator John McCain of Arizona, Rep. Fred Upton of Michigan, and Rep. Diana DeGette; all recipients of the 2015 Vision Awards, presented by The MS Society each year to honorees whose dedicated efforts demonstrate a shared vision for a world free of MS.
The evening’s proceeds will directly fund the continued efforts of The Multpile Sclerosis Society to move research forward to identify a cure, as well as it’s many programs in our local D.C. community -including professional counseling and peer facilitated support groups, seminars, referrals to neurologists and healthcare professionals, national teleconferences and internet programs, services for the homebound, and social and recreational programs to assist people with MS and their families in leading productive and fulfilling lives.
To learn more about The Multiple Sclerosis Society, National Capital Chapter, visit them online at www.MSNationalCapital.org for program information and volunteer opportunities.