The Gateway Area Chapter of The National Multiple Sclerosis Society honored its Southeast Missouri inaugural Class of 2004 Corporate Achievers during an awards reception at 1st Community Bank in Cape Girardeau on April 5.
The awards ceremony was hosted by Steve Green, 2004 MS Corporate Achievers chairperson and president of 1st Community Bank. Local TV newscaster Mike Shain of KFVS-12 announced the names of Corporate Achievers award recipients.
Sixteen honorees comprised of local area business leaders collectively raised $14,000 to help end the devastating effects of multiple sclerosis. The 10 individuals who were honored each raised a minimum of $1,000 for MS research and programs in the area.
Douglas Watson, president of Union Planters Bank in Cape Girardeau, was the top fundraiser of the Class of 2004, followed closely by Marietta Obergoenner, sales associate with PDI/Astra Zeneca Pharmaceuticals.
Other members of the Class of 2004 were Marvin Adams Jr. of US Bank, Brigitte Bollerslev of Old Bavarian Sausage, Roger Brown of Chick-Fil-A, Dawn Dauer of The Bank of Missouri, Kathy Gaulding of Cape Girardeau Trane Co., Luke Landgraf of Thorngate, Dr. Stacy Meyr of Chiropractic Associates, Adelaide Parsons of Southeast Missouri State University, Jerry Reynolds of Metro Electric, Nicole Schremp of KBSI, Edie Steger of Famous Barr, and Alan Williams of Jackson Physical Therapy.
Sponsors of the campaign included Cape Girardeau Printing, Old Bavarian Sausage, Reflections by Marsha Photography, Business Today and 1st Community Bank.
Honorees were nominated by the Corporate Achievers Advisory Council, comprised of a group of business leaders including Phil Brinson of Buckner Brewing, Mike Edwards of RM Coco, Joseph Perez of AmerenUE, Dean Sawyer of American Railcar Inc., Jeanne Van de Ven of Cape Girardeau Printing, Carolyn Kempf of Elite Travel and Robin White of Roy's Tire & Auto.
The Gateway Area Chapter supports local and national research, and offers direct programs and services to more than 5,000 people living with multiple sclerosis in a 90-county service area covering Eastern Missouri and Southern Illinois.