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September 12, 2008 - Rocky Mountain MS Center's gala: Dancing Through the Decades

Where: 2027 W. Lower Colfax Ave. Denver, CO 80204

When: Friday, September 12, 2008

Time: 6:00 p.m.

Beneficiary: The Rocky Mountain MS Center

Honoree(s): Swedish Medical Center, Liz Frawley and Music for M.S.

EMCEE: Karen Leigh from CBS4

Sponsors: A generous grant from Teva Neuroscience

Auctioneer: Norm Early

Attire: Cocktail Attire

Planning Committee: Kathryn Buckley, Luanne Hale, Lauren Lauritano, Carrie Manion, Michele Maxfield, Ginny Messina, Lexie Ruh, Cade Sibley, Patty Spurway, Marilyn Tyler and Leslie Wirth

Board of Directors: Board Officers: Adam Writer; Derek Sevier; Larry Olsen; David Decolati;
Members at Large: Martha de Ulibarri; John Epperson; Jennifer Fackler; Ben Gelt; Ashley Jabalera; John Paul Maxfield; James Mills; Monty Moore; Ryan Orrell; Chris Plan; Cade Sibley; Jason Smith; Sandra Walling; Mary White; Paul Wisor; Kathy Yeager

Blacktie Photos by: T. DeVolder

 Liz Frawley, (left), Brianna Ferrara and Kathleen Ferrara
Liz Frawley, (left), Brianna Ferrara and Kathleen Ferrara

Dancing through the Decades helped bring warm celebration to Rocky Mountain Multiple Sclerosis Center's 30 year anniversary on Friday evening.

The guests were treated to a night of legendary music and professional dancing from the 1920s through the present. Dr. Timothy Vollmer, who recently joined the MS Center as Medical Director, was introduced and warmly received. Timothy is widely recognized as one of the world's leading experts in multiple sclerosis.

The MS Center presented annual awards to Liz Frawley of the Swedish Medical Center and the organizers of the 2007 "Music for MS" concert: Ben Gelt, Luke Wachter, Yolanda Calderon and Joe Atencio.

All proceeds from the gala benefits the programs and services provided by the Rocky Mountain MS Center. Major funding for Dancing Through the Decades was provided by a generous grant from Teva Neurosciences.

The Rocky Mountain Multiple Sclerosis Center was founded in 1978 and is a nonprofit organization that combines patient care services, support, education and research into one comprehensive program. Its King Adult Day Entrichment Program (KADEP) is a nationally recognized program designed to meet the specialized needs and interest of young adults with MS and other acquired neurological diseases or disabilities.

It is estimated that there are approximately 350,000 persons in the United States with MS. Multiple sclerosis is the most common neurologic disease diagnosed in young adults (ages 20 to 50). For every person in Denver with muscular dystrophy or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gehrig's Disease), there are more than ten people with multiple sclerosis. MS is more common among Caucasians than in other racial populations. Approximately two-thirds 2/3 of those diagnosed with MS are women.

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