Wind Beneath MDA's 'Wings'

by ALSN Staff on Sat, 2007-09-01 09:16

The seventh annual Wings Over Wall Street gala will be held Sept. 20 at the New York Marriott Marquis in Times Square. Supported by celebrities and financial leaders, the event has raised more than $6 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.

Four awards also will be given to leaders in the fight against ALS.

Neuroscientist Don Cleveland, head of the ALS research laboratory at the University of California, San Diego, will receive the Diamond Award, named for the event’s co-founder, Toni Diamond, who died of ALS in November 2004.

Dorothy and David Deutsch of West Sayville, N.Y., will receive the Spirit Award for their commitment to raising ALS awareness and funds for research. David, 39, the father of two young children, received an ALS diagnosis in 2004.

Lisa Marie Utasi, director and senior equity trader at ClearBridge Advisors in New York City, will receive the Michael P. Beier Award, which honors a person who motivates others to help find a cure for ALS.

Larry Schiffer of East Rockaway, N.Y., a partner in the international law firm of LeBoeuf, Lamb, Green & MacRae LLP, will receive the Humanitarian Award. Schiffer’s late sister-in-law, Toni Diamond, and brother, Warren Schiffer, founded the Wings event.

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