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The National Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society's 40th Annual Dinner of Champions to Honor Criminal Minds Star Shemar Moore

On August 27, 2015 the National Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society’s 40th annual Dinner of Champions will honor Emmy Award-winning actor, Shemar Moore for his major contributions and support of the movement to end multiple sclerosis, a disease that hits close to home. Moore’s mother, Marilyn lives with MS and will also be honored with this year’s Dorothy Corwin “Spirit of Life” Award.

Los Angeles, CA, May 01, 2015 --( Shemar Moore, best known for his role as “FBI Special Agent Derek Morgan” on the hit CBS show, Criminal Minds, will be honored at the 40th annual Dinner of Champions, sponsored by and benefiting the National MS Society in Southern California. The gala event will take place on Thursday, August 27, 2015 at the Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles. The event raises funds that support the National MS Society’s vital programs and services to improve the quality of life for people living with MS, as well as cutting-edge research worldwide for better treatments and a cure.

Moore has been a major supporter and contributor to the National MS Society for ten years through the annual Bike MS: Coastal Challenge cycling event in honor of his mother, Marilyn, who lives with MS and will also be honored with this year’s Dorothy Corwin “Spirit of Life” Award. Moore commented, “When something hits you close to home, you’ll do whatever you can to help give that person a better quality of life.” In addition to fundraising with his Criminal Minds’ teammates, Moore also brought his apparel company, Baby Girl, on board as a corporate sponsor for Bike MS, donating a portion of sales to the National MS Society. “Baby Girl gear is a fun, silly, and sexy way to support the fight for a cure for MS,” said Moore. “Originally started to support my mother, it has now turned into a global movement.” Moore’s continued efforts to bring awareness and raise funds will be a welcome addition to the Los Angeles Dinner of Champions, which has raised nearly $50 million for people with MS since 1993.

The Dinner of Champions makes an enormous contribution in the movement to end multiple sclerosis, not only in raising funds for research, programs and services, but also in raising awareness about MS itself. With the continuing commitment of its supporters, especially the extraordinary generosity of the entertainment community, the Chapter’s “Dinner of Champions” in Southern California has become the most successful Dinner held by any chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Multiple sclerosis affects 2.3 million people worldwide. MS interrupts the flow of information from the brain to the body and stops people from moving. It is a chronic, often disabling disease that affects people in the prime of their lives, targeting twice as many women as men. The progress, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot yet be predicted, but advances in research are giving hope to those living with the disease. MS has moved from an untreatable disease in 1993 to a treatable one today for the vast majority of people now diagnosed. The first oral therapies that treat MS and manage MS symptoms are now available for those with relapsing forms of the disease, and more than a dozen new therapies are currently moving through the pipeline.

About The National Multiple Sclerosis Society:
The National Multiple Sclerosis Society, established in 1946, supports more MS research, offers more services for people with MS, provides more professional education programs, and furthers more MS advocacy efforts than any other MS organization in the world. The Chapter serves 20,000 people living with MS plus their loved ones in our local communities. MS stops people from moving. We exist to make sure it doesn’t.

For additional information about the “Dinner of Champions,” please call Pamela Thompson at the National MS Society (NMSS) at 310-481-1175. For press inquiries call or Emily Hazlett, Director of Communications at NMSS at 310-481-1138. Donations can be made to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, 5150 W. Goldleaf Circle, Suite 400, Los Angeles, CA 90056.
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