The National MS Society, Connecticut Chapter, will host the 35th annual MS Dinner of Champions Wednesday, Nov. 20, at the Hilton Stamford Hotel in Stamford.

The VIP cocktail reception and silent auction takes place from 5:30 to 7 p.m. and dinner, awards ceremony and live auction from 7 to 10 p.m.

Since the first MS Dinner of Champions, the event has honored outstanding corporate leaders and the most prominent champions in sports.

The 2013 MS Humanitarian Award will be presented to Barry Sternlicht, chairman and CEO of Starwood Capital Group. The 2013 MS Hope Award will be presented to Randy Falco, president and CEO of Univision Communications Inc. Armen Keteyian, news correspondent with CBS News, will serve as master of ceremonies.

Last year, more than 200 people attended the event, which raised more than $250,000. Since its inception, the MS Dinner of Champions has raised more than $7 million for the fight against multiple sclerosis.

Funds raised through National MS Society events ensure ongoing scientific research to help develop better treatments and a cure for multiple sclerosis. Funds also provide for the continuation of programs and services offered by the Connecticut Chapter.

Past honorees include Ernst & Young, IBM, Louis Dreyfus Commodities, Mutual of America, Pfizer and Xerox Corporation as well as both local and national sports figures Mark Teixeira, Steve Young, Joe Namath, Frank Gifford, John Starks, Billie Jean King and Mary Lou Retton.

The event includes a pre-event cocktail reception, dinner, live and silent auctions and an awards ceremony.

Tickets are $350 per person. For information, call 860-913-2550, ext. 52524, or visit

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