The Gateway Area Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society honored its Southeast Missouri "Class of 2004" corporate achievers during an awards reception at 1st Community Bank recently.
Sixteen honorees composed of local business leaders collectively raised $14,000 to help end the devastating effects of MS. Ten individuals who were honored each raised a minimum of $1,000 each for MS research and programs in the area.
Douglas M. Watson, president of Union Planters Bank in Cape Girardeau, was the top fund-raiser 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 Gir-ardeau Trane Company, 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, made up 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.
MS usually strikes adults between the ages of 20 and 50. It is a chronic disease of the central nervous system affecting the brain and spinal cord.
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. For more information on MS, please call (800) Fight MS or (314) 781-9020, or visit online at www.gatewaymssociety.org.