Thirty-Fifth Annual MS Dinner of Champions
National MS Society
Valerie and David Osmond
Photographs: Rebecca Grela
More than 300 supporters of the National MS Society turned out for the thirty-fifth annual MS Dinner of Champions at the Hilton Stamford, where more than $360,000 was raised to fund scientific research to develop better treatments and find a cure for multiple sclerosis. Funds also provide for programs and services offered to the 6,000 state residents battling MS.
The evening featured moving speeches by David Osmond and his wife, Valerie, in which David, son of Alan Osmond of the Osmond Brothers, talked about his MS diagnosis in 2006. Inspired by his father’s own battle with MS, David set his sights on making music, publicly acknowledging that he “may have MS but MS does not have him.” In 2007, David married Valerie, also a singer.
Retired NHL players Michael Richter of Greenwich and Brian Leetch of Boston received the 2013 J. Walter Kennedy Memorial Award, an award given annually by the National MS Society, Connecticut Chapter, in recognition of the extraordinary accomplishments of gifted athletes and their championship teams.