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Tickets on Sale for Dinner to Benefit Lourie Center for Pediatric MS November 20

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Honorees Dr. Pamela Ann Levine & Michael Levine and their children
Honorees Dr. Pamela Ann Weber and Michael Levine and their children

The Fifth Annual Harvest Sunset Dinner to benefit the Lourie Center for Pediatric MS at Stony Brook Children’s will be held on Thursday, November 20, at Villa Lombardi’s in Holbrook from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm.

This year’s honorees are Dr. Pamela Ann Weber, owner of Island Retina and an owner of Suffolk Surgery, and Michael Levine, president of NYS Trial Lawyers Association, partner at RGLZ law practice and mayor of the Village of Old Field. Awards of distinction will be awarded to Leslie Ferrara and Amy Stapler Paston. Ferrara, a senior account executive with News 12/Cablevision Media Sales and mother of twin 8 year old girls will be acknowledged for her outstanding devotion and support in organizing fundraising events to benefit the Lourie Center. Stapler Paston, owner of ASP Interiors in Woodbury, New York, has been on a philanthropic journey against MS with her family since the age of 13. She will be recognized for her commitment and generosity to the Lourie Center for Pediatric MS.

This event raises funds for the ongoing fight against Multiple Sclerosis, a debilitating chronic disease that can cause progressive disability. Typically thought of as an adult disease, MS is thought to affect 2.3 million people worldwide, but startling estimates suggest that 8,000 to 10,000 children in the U.S. have MS. The Lourie Center’s crucial research will lend to a better understanding of the disease and eventually a cure.

Establishing a diagnosis in children can be difficult and the disease is often under-recognized and under-treated; the Lourie Center is working to change this. There is an excellent long-term outcome when treatment starts early and the Center’s team approach addresses physical, psychological, academic and cognitive needs.

The Lourie Center was the first multidisciplinary center in the U.S. dedicated to addressing the specific needs of pediatric patients with MS. Several other facilities around the country have been modeled after the Lourie Center, which continues to remain a leader in providing outstanding care and aggressive research.

The Teen Adventure Camp allows children with MS the rare opportunity to bond and connect with other kids diagnosed with MS. Camp is free to all participants and is the only camp of its kind in the U.S.

The Harvest Sunset Dinner raises community awareness by bringing together patients, their families, caregivers, medical professionals and supporters to stand united against MS. A Silent and Live Auction highlights this exciting event that will have lively music, dancing, cocktails and dinner.

Tickets are $100 per person or a table of 10 for $900. Sponsorships are available at $5,000 for Platinum, $2,500 for Gold, $1,000 for Silver and $500 for Friend.

For additional information and tickets, please contact Jenssie McClintock at (631) 764-6623 or jenssflores@optonline.net.

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