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Summer Soiree Raises $175,000

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The 2009 SUmmer Soiree Committee with honorees Cynthia and George Marks (front, center), along with Merry Slone (front, far right), founder of the event.
The 2009 SUmmer Soiree Committee with honorees Cynthia and George Marks (front, center), along with Merry Slone (front, far right), founder of the event.

The 2009 Summer Soiree, presented by the National Pediatric MS Center at Stony Brook University Medical Center, raised $175,000 to benefit research at Center, the only one of its kind in the region. The event took place at the Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury on July 29. Big Shot, a Billy Joel tribute band, stole the evening as 360 attendees danced the night away for a good cause.

The Summer Soiree is an annual benefit where guests dress in denim chic to fit the season. The event included music, dance, dining, and a silent auction. This year, philanthropists Cynthia and George Mark were honored for their support of pediatric MS.

A portion of the event proceeds will benefit the Team Adventure Camp Program, an annual summer camp for teenagers with MS.

The National Pediatric MS Center at SBUMC was established to advance the recognition, evaluation, and treatment of pediatric MS through the creation of a multidisciplinary program dedicated to clinical care and scientific research of children and adolescents with MS. The Center includes a multidisciplinary team of experts in MS, pediatric neurology, nursing psychiatry, and neuropsychology. Funded in part by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, the Center has been designated as a Center of Excellence by the Society.

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