Celebrities stand up for MS
NEW YORK CITY – Actress Teri Garr, talk-show host Meredith Vieira and author Richard M. Cohen were among the celebrities who helped raise $220,000 at the Edwards-based Heuga Center’s multiple sclerosis fundraiser in New York Oct. 25.
The organization was founded by Olympic skiing medalist Jimmie Heuga in an effort to keep people with multiple sclerosis active.
“The generosity shown by guests at the dinner was astonishing,” said Brian Hutchinson, president of The Heuga Center. “Last year we held over 40 programs and touched 6,000 people.
The funds raised in New York will help us achieve our goal for 2006, which is to increase the number of our programs and touch 10,000 people.”
Garr joked about how pleased she was to be sitting with Jimmie Hoffa, referring to Heuga Center founder, Jimmie Heuga. But the dinner honored Vieira and Cohen, who have lived with Cohen’s multiple sclerosis for more than 20 years, and advocates for sufferers of the disease.-
CBS reporters Harry Smith was master of ceremonies. Reigning Miss USA Chelsea Cooley and Miss Teen USA Ali LaForce also attended.
For more information about The Heuga Center’s programs, visit http://www.heuga.org or call 888.DO.IT.4MS.-