Improving Lives Benefit 2017
Cocktail reception* followed by dinner and a program presentation honoring William Saunders, Meeteetse Advisors, MSAA Board Treasurer; Shana Stern, MSAA Art Showcase Artist; and Walker Reynolds, Swim for MS Volunteer.*Cocktail Attire
Shana Stern, MSAA Art Showcase Artist
Since 2013, Shana Stern has actively participated in MSAA’s Art Showcase campaign. Shana’s bold and vibrant paintings reflect not just her artistry, but also her willingness to rise above the ongoing challenges of multiple sclerosis. Diagnosed with MS in 1999, Shana battles a variety of symptoms. Frustrated by constantly dropping the brush and her inability to control the path of the paint, Shana overcame these challenges by sitting on the floor, balancing the canvas on her knees, and painting with her fingers and knuckles. By adapting to this new and unique style, Shana has regained control of her artistic abilities and found an even deeper connection to her love of painting. Shana explains, “We may get knocked down a bit and have to work a little harder, but we are capable of great things such as bringing beauty and art into the world! Yes, I have MS, but I am an artist.”
Walker Reynolds, 2016 Swim for MS Volunteer
Walker Reynolds (pictured above), 12, is Shana Stern’s son and a 2016 Swim for MS fundraising volunteer. Inspired by his mother’s spirit and determination, Walker also wanted to get involved with MSAA and help make a difference. Walker discovered our Swim for MS fundraising campaign, where volunteers can create their own swim activity, set a challenge goal, and collect pledges from family and friends to help support the organization’s programs and services. As a self-described “fish,” Walker’s love of swimming and the ability to raise funds while having fun in the pool made for a perfect match. Starting in June 2016, Walker dedicated his summer to swimming one minute for each dollar donated, with the ambitious goal of raising $1,600. By summer’s end, with the support of their family, friends, and other contributors, Walker not only reached, but exceeded his goal and raised more than $1,800 to help support the MS community.
William Saunders, Meeteetse Advisors, MSAA Board Treasurer
William Saunders is a long-standing member of MSAA’s Board of Directors, presently serving as Treasurer and member of the Executive Committee. He has served as Treasurer for the past eight years and has been a leader in supporting MSAA’s mission while seeking new ways to help further the organization. Bill has also been involved with other charities in the Philadelphia area, including the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia and the Center for Literacy. In 2005, Bill created Meeteetse Advisors, LLC, a financial services company specializing in alternative investments. He is a cum laude graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, with honors in Russian Language and Literature, and speaks Russian, French, and Polish. An avid art collector, Bill currently serves on the Collection Committee of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. Bill is married with two sons and lives with his wife, Sally, in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania.
LIVE Online Auction: Join us for an opportunity to bid on exclusive prizes through our online auction. Stay tuned as we continue to add new items! Event attendance is not required for this special opportunity. To register for our LIVE Online Auction, click the link below.
2017 Benefit Sponsors: Thank you to our generous sponsors for supporting MSAA and the MS community. To view our Sponsors, click here.
Questions? Please contact Angel Serrano, Senior Manager of Development
(800) 532-7667, ext. 117
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