|Award recipient Alex Cappello, right, with MDA ALS Division co-chairs Augie and Lynne Nieto, center and far left, and his wife Linda and their daughters.
|Liz Claman, daytime anchor for the Fox Business Network, hosted the Wings event in Times Square for the third consecutive year.
The seventh annual Wings Over Wall Street gala held Sept. 20 at the New York Marriott Marquis in Times Square raised nearly $800,000 to benefit MDA’s ALS research program.
Some 700 attendees, including celebrities and New York financial leaders, gathered at the event, which was sponsored by the Credit Suisse Group.
Since 2001, Wings has raised some $7 million to benefit MDA’s ALS research program. The funds assist the research teams of Hiroshi Mitsumoto, co-director of the Eleanor and Lou Gehrig MDA/ALS Research Center at Columbia University in New York City, and Jeffrey Rothstein, director of the MDA/ALS Center at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore.
Augie’s Quest gains momentum
The second annual Tradition of Hope Gala, held at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Los Angeles Sept. 15, raised more than $630,000 to benefit Augie’s Quest, MDA’s research initiative to cure ALS.
Hosted by “Entertainment Tonight” anchor Jann Carl, who’s also an MDA national vice president, the event honored Alexander L. Cappello, chairman and CEO of the Cappello Group Inc. Cappello received the Robert Ross Founder’s Award for his outstanding contributions to MDA.
Some 250 guests were treated to a special performance by John Ondrasik, the Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter of Five for Fighting.
MDA’s Augie’s Quest has raised some $11 million for MDA’s fast-track ALS research program.
Galas fuel research efforts
Two MDA fundraising galas raised more than $900,000 for ALS research this fall.
The 12th annual Field of Hope Gala, held Sept. 29 at South Gate Manor in Freehold, N.J., raised more than $415,000 for MDA’s ALS research program.
Chaired by former Oakland Raiders football player Phil Villapiano, the gala included silent and live auctions.
The second annual Night of Hope Gala, held Oct. 12 at the Ritz Carlton in downtown Atlanta, drew some 500 guests and raised more than $525,000 for ALS research. A highlight of the evening was a video featuring several local people with ALS.