MOBILE, Ala. – The Alabama-Mississippi Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society is preparing for its annual MS Leadership Class event, a campaign that honors the best and brightest professionals in the Greater Mobile area for their outstanding contributions to the business, civic and cultural betterment of the community.
John Wade Therrell, Investment Counselor with Leavell Investment Management, Inc. was selected to serve as Honorary Chair of the 2016 campaign. Therrell has been active with the National MS Society since 2014 when he was a member of the Leadership Class. He was honored for his professional and civic accomplishments and was recognized as the class valedictorian and top fundraiser by virtue of raising more than $1 for each person living with MS in Alabama. He was presented with the coveted Tiffany & Co. Golden Circle award.
This year’s leadership class is the largest to date and consists of 45 outstanding professionals from the Greater Mobile area who are dedicated to improving the lives of those affected by multiple sclerosis. Class members were chosen by an Advisory Council of civic leaders based on their significant contributions to the betterment of the community. Therrell will present each class member with the MS Leadership award at a reception at the Country Club of Mobile on September 14.
Since 1994, Leadership Class members have raised more than $2 million to support local programs and services for people living with MS and their families as well as fund cutting-edge research.
The Society mobilizes people and resources to drive research for a cure and to address the challenges of everyone affected by MS. In 2015, the Society invested $50.6 million to advance more than 380 research projects around the world in order to stop MS in its tracks, restore what has been lost and end MS forever. Through its comprehensive nation-wide network of programs and services, it also helped more than one million people affected by MS connect to the people, information and resources needed to live their best lives.