Our Circle of Hope

Each year our Circle of Hope Champions inspire MSA families, healthcare professionals, researchers and members of the MSA Community by building hope for those affected by MSA.

What does being a champion mean? A person who fights or speaks for another person or in favor of a cause.

Our Champions promise:
When others donate, we will match!

The 2021 total pledged goal is $135,000. This is a tremendous incentive for others in our wider circle of contacts who may not be very familiar with multiple system atrophy to choose the MSA Coalition for their year-end giving and help us to advance our cause.

We invite you to join our Circle of Hope Champions.

The MSA Coalition year-end fundraising campaign begins on Giving Tuesday, November 30 and remains the single most important source of funding that fuels our mission each year.

Will you pledge now to give matching funds to support us?

To add your name and a dedication message to our 2021 Circle of Hope please contact Sheila Lyons at slyons@staff.msacoalition.org or fill in this form.

Circle of Hope Champions 2021

PLATINUM LEVEL ($10,000+)

Carol Langer – In Memory of Rob, always in my heart

Move Over MSA – In Memory of Kurt Williams

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DIAMOND LEVEL ($5000 – $9999)

In memory of Aunt Linda Lou – Love Peri, Skrinski and Wermlinger nieces and nephews

Joy and Stuart Stein

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RUBY LEVEL ($2500 – $4999)

Anna Shen – In memory of Emil Shen

Alan Williams – In loving memory of my wife, Linda Lou Williams

Kacie Hunter – The Dan Cavanagh Memorial – Running Over MSA, In Memory of our Danny Boy!

The Thvedt Family – In memory of our wonderful and inspiring husband and father Joel A. Thvedt

In loving memory of Janet Peskin

The Dyas Family – In honor of Eileen K. Dyas, our beloved mother, wife, and friend

Olga Castellanos

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EMERALD LEVEL ($1000 – $2499)

From the Wilsons, in memory of Linda Yousey

Pam Bower & Dave Richard – In memory of Ida Richard, always in our hearts

In loving memory of Andrea Dobkin Rogosin Levine

Diane Adkins – In loving memory of Rev. Dr. David W. Adkins

Given in memory of our Denis, for twenty years your family has missed you greatly

Anonymous

Michael Emma – Liz

Don & Geri Crouse

Sallie McDonald – In memory of Susan Wong

Belinda Franklin

As Jeaninne fights this disease her husband is by her side always.

In memory of Jim Gorman – March 4, 1956 to December 26, 2020; never give up in the fight to find a cure for MSA

Alan Brokos – Dedicated to my late wife Marian, who courageously battled MSA for 7 years until she passed away in 2019 at age 58. Honey, one day we will defeat this insidious disease. Love and miss you always!❤️

Gary Chen – In memory of Fu-hsing Chen, our devoted husband and father who sacrificed so much until his final days – Love, Alice, Frank, and Gary; Please consider contributing whatever you can towards understanding this rare, underfunded disease.

Eileen Tabano

Kari Edmondson – In memory of my mom, Mary Sluke (1957-2020)

Kate Tighe – In memory of Tom Tinghe – MSA took so much but never took your hope. We miss you.

Anonymous

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GOLD LEVEL ($500 – $999)

Cheri Saley – In memory of Bill “G.B.E.” Saley

Joanne Theriault – Forever in our hearts Ed

Cyndi Roemer – In loving memory of Dolores Roemer

Pam McManus – In loving memory and honor of my sister Donna Harrison Bennett

Gift is from Paula and Bob Dunne and family in honor of our beloved son-in-law and Uncle, Phil Angeron

Joyce Mason – In support of those whose lives have been affected by MSA and their families

Kenneth Grossman, MD – This pledge is dedicated to the memory of my brother Dr. Gerald Grossman, a brilliant neurologist who passed away last January from COVID-19 superimposed on MSA

Versel Family – In memory of Mark Versel

In memory of our MSA warrior angel Matt Yost

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SILVER LEVEL ($250 – $499)

In memory of Grandma Deb Duffy, Love – Addyson, Lexi, Parker, Mackenzie, Allison, and Reid

Suzy O’Dwyer – In loving memory of Angela Reed

Vera James – In memory of Fred James. Forever in our hearts

Anthony Lang – To all the MSA patients that I have cared for who have inspired me to work harder to find effective treatment

In honor of my mom, Jeaninne Wagner, the queen of our family!

Gregor Wenning – Cure MSA

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BRONZE LEVEL ($100 – $249)

In loving memory of Gene Rechsteiner, Forever loved, Forever missed.

Hope for a Cure – Clyde & Cathy Chapman

For Linda

In memory of Hal Bahlinger

Katherine Stone – In loving memory of Dan Stone

Karen Pitcher – In loving memory of Dave Pitcher

Austin Crawford

Cathy Keliihoomalu

Anonymous

Andrea Chevalier

Kathy Krohn – Thank you, Belinda Franklin, for all of your support and sharing

Barbara and Marvin pray for a cure for our son-in-law

In honor of my husband Frankie Trant

In memory of my beloved husband, Daniel K. Miller

Gayle Gardner – In memory of my mom Joan Gardner and my friend Pam Maheu. Their battles are over, but their memories live on forever!

Fond memories of Helene Louza

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Circle of Hope Champions 2020

PLATINUM PLUS ($25,000+)

Anonymous

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PLATINUM LEVEL ($10,000 – $24,999)

Move Over MSA – In Honor of Kurt Williams

Carol Langer In Memory of Rob Langer and with hope for those who continue to fight this battle.

Anonymous

“Never give up and keep fighting!” – In loving memory of our fighter, Andy Kang.
The Kang Algard Family

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DIAMOND LEVEL ($5000 – $9999)

In loving memory of our amazing Aunt Linda Lou. With love and gratitude,
Peri, Skrinski and Wermlinger nieces and nephews

McGee Castellanos Family

The Thvedt Family: ““In memory of our husband and father Joel Thvedt
and in honor of all others battling MSA with grace and dignity”

In loving memory of Matt Yost – our MSA warrior who got his wings on October 13, 2020

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RUBY LEVEL ($2500 – $4999)

Dan Cavanagh Memorial – Running Over MSA

Anna Shen: “I am happy to see the progress in MSA – am so grateful that people can share
ideas on the Facebook group and that awareness and options for treatment are improving.”

Joy and Stuart Stein – From the Stein family to all those fighting MSA

Alan Williams In loving memory of my wife, Linda Lou Williams.

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EMERALD LEVEL ($1000 – $2499)

In honor of Jim Gorman who is fighting the good fight everyday against MSA

Mike Emma In memory of Liz

Diane Adkins In loving memory of Rev. Dr. David W. Adkins

“To my fellow MSA Warriors keep on fighting” – Jeaninne and John Wagner

From the Wilsons, in memory of Linda Yousey

Raymond Werre In memory of Charlotte Robien Werre (1939 – 2001)

David Richard & Pam Bower In Memory of Ida Comeau Richard

Kate Tighe For my dad, Tom. We remember you.

Jennifer Quinn In Memory of Barbara Quinn

Jim and Betty Gann: “The MSA Coalition is a charity that goes beyond the borders of most
organizations of a similar nature. A suggestion becomes a goal, a goal becomes a project,
and a project becomes a routine. I’m proud to support a charity like this one.”

Mary-Jo McCullough In loving memory of my husband, Scott

Don and Geri Crouse support the MSA Coalition mission.

Annette Hoy In memory of Steve Hoy. We were so lucky to have you in or life. And you will always live in our hearts.

Larry Kellerman In memory of my MSA warrior Colleen and in recognition of the many people, bands
and basketball teams who each year for five years helped make the Gettin’ the Word Out! fundraisers a success.
Let’s “Beat the Beast!”

Phillip Low

Kari Edmondson – In Memory of my Mom, Mary Sluke (1957-2020)

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GOLD LEVEL ($500 – $999)

Cheri Saley In memory of Bill “G.B.E.” Saley

Tiffany Bollis In Memory of Kenneth Yellen

Belinda Franklin: “It has been a difficult year for everyone dealing with Covid-19.
For me personally, I’ve encountered almost insurmountable medical issues due to Multiple
System Atrophy. I thank the MSA Coalition, my friends and family for their support this year!”

In loving memory of Angela Reed

In memory of Father James Newsom

In honor of my dear sister, Diane.

Pam McManus In memory of my brave and beautiful sister, Donna Harrison Bennett

Joyce Mason In honor of the McGee Castellanos family

Joanne Keohane: “This donation is made in honor of my husband Denis who has been
gone for almost twenty years. I look at the advances made during this time, and the people
working so hard to eliminate the suffering from this disease and I am happy to support them.”

Joanne Theriault In memory of Ed

Anonymous

Elizabeth Dyas In memory of Eileen K Dyas

Loretta Tolwinski In tribute to my beloved husband David Tolwinski who
continues to battle MSA each and every day with strength and courage.

Anonymous

Vik Khurana

Daniel and Esther Claassen In support of the MSA Coalition

Gloria Sprague In honor of Jim Davis

Versel Family In Memory of Mark Versel

In honor of Jim Anderson’s incredible kindness and courage in battling MSA.
Love from the Anderson Family!

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SILVER LEVEL ($250 – $499)

Gregor Wenning

Jack and Carol Harrigan

Vera James In memory of Fred James. Forever in our heart

Cindy Rechsteiner In Loving Memory of my Beloved Husband, Gene. A brave warrior

Craig Sondalle

Jeffrey Sacks In honor of my good friend Kerry Simon

In memory of Grandma Deb Duffy ~ Love, Addyson, Lexi, Parker, Mackenzie, Allison and Reid.

In loving memory of our MSA Angel, Dolores Roemer. ~Ron, Cyndi, & Kym

In memory of Liz Tait

Joanne Kelly In loving memory of my sweet husband, Alan Kelly

Steven Vernino

Elaine Douglas In memory of Diane Graham

John and Hadley Ferguson

Anthony Lang

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BRONZE LEVEL ($100 – $249)

Pierre-Olivier Fernagut

Patricia Gibson

In memory of Jim Brant Sr.: “My husband died 8 years ago from MSA. Support,
education and awareness has increased 100% since then, but we must keep pursuing for a cure.”

For Linda Underwood

Anonymous

Deborah White In memory of my mother Joyce. Miss her every day.

Mary Silva In memory of Albert A Silva

Karen Pitcher In Loving Memory of Dave Pitcher. Dave found joy in each day which inspired all who knew him.

Adam Alterman

Allyson Mayeux In memory of Hal Bahlinger

Ann Lynch

Sallie McDonald In memory of my sister, Susan Wong, who no longer suffers from this horrible disease.

The MSA Coalition gives HOPE – Clyde & Cathy Chapman

Diane Graham In loving memory of her beloved husband Daniel K. Miller

Valerie Walsh In memory of my dear Paul (who died of complications from MSA in 2012)

Lauren Wrather In memory of my mom

Andrea Chevalier In memory of my beloved sister Annette Chevalier

Lin Schott: HOPE (thank you to the MSA Coalition)

Anonymous

Erin Williams In memory of Deborah Knutson

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Circle of Hope Champions 2019

 

The Multiple System Atrophy Coalition is grateful to our generous donors who pledged

to provide over $115,000 in matching funds during our annual

Holiday Hope Campaign in 2019.

 

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PLATINUM PLUS LEVEL ($25,000 – $49,999)

The Andrea Levine MSA Dream Fund
at the Jewish Fund for the Future of the
Jewish Federation of Delaware, In Memory of Andrea Levine

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PLATINUM LEVEL ($10,000 – $24,999)

Move Over MSA

 

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DIAMOND LEVEL ($5000 – $9999)

Anonymous

Carol Langer In Memory of Rob Langer

“In loving memory of our amazing Aunt Linda Lou.
Love, all of Linda Lou Williams’ nieces and nephews!”

Larry Kellerman In Memory of Colleen Kellerman (Beat MSA! Fundraiser)

In Honor of Marc Byron

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RUBY LEVEL ($2500 – $4999)

Dan Cavanagh Memorial Fund

McGee Castellanos Family

Anna Shen

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EMERALD LEVEL ($1000 – $2499)

Susan George:
I have Lived with MSA for 7 years. I fight with this disease every day.
Even finding a treatment would help. Please contribute any amount that you can”.

Don Crouse:
“From the Crouse Family to all those affected by multiple system atrophy”

Alan Williams in Memory of Linda Lou Williams

Michael Emma In Memory of Liz Emma

Anonymous

Mary Jo McCullough In Loving Memory of Scott McCullough

Vicki Wilson

Stuart and Joy Stein

Mr. Father James Newsom

Anonymous

Jennifer Quinn

Sander Pomper In Honor of Diane Martin Pomper

Klisares Family In Honor of Paula Klisares’ gracious MSA journey

In memory of Charlotte Robien Werre (1939 – 2001) and fought MSA 1990 to late 2001

Kate Tighe:
“For my dad, Thomas Kevin Tighe. A fighter to the end.”

Joyce Mason:
“Dedicated to the individuals and their loved ones living with MSA
.”

Daniel and Esther Claassen

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GOLD LEVEL ($500 – $999)

Gregor Wenning

Phillip and Maureen Low

Anthony Lang

Cheri Saley In memory of Bill “G.B.E.” Saley

David Richard & Pam Bower In Memory of Ida Comeau Richard

Marilee Hill-Anderson

Joanne Kelly

Tiffany Bollis In Memory of Kenneth Yellen

Diane Adkins In Memory of David W. Adkins

Glenn Hein In Honor of Peggy Hein

Belinda Franklin:
“I live daily in the Circle of Hope surrounded by friends and family who are unselfish
in helping me as I do my best as a Multiple System Atrophy patient. Love you all!

Kate, Caroline and Colleen Ryan:
“To find a cure for our Mimi (Lin Schott)”

Pam McManus In Memory of my sister Donna Harrison Bennett, a brave and beautiful fighter

In Memory of David Adkins

Versel Family In Memory of Mark Versel

MSA NJ – #ConquerMSA:
“In honor of MSA Warriors and in memory of MSA Angels including our inspiration, Dolores Roemer”

Greta Schneider, In memory of my beautiful mother

Randy Shockey

Ron Nordmann, In Honor of the Crouse family’s volunteer work

Loretta Tolwinski:
“In honor of my husband, David, an MSA Warrior who fights MSA with courage each and every day”

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SILVER LEVEL ($250 – $499)

Suzy O’Dwyer In Memory of Angela Reed

Janie Blank In Memory of Dennis

Cynthia Roemer In Memory of Dolores Roemer

Mary Nesbitt

Judy Biedenharn In Memory of Ned Biedenharn

Vik Khurana and Chee Yeun Chung

In honor of Stuart Stein

Jack and Carol Harrigan

Bunny Oliver

In honor of Eileen Kavanagh Dyas, beloved friend, wife, mother, and teacher.

John and Hadley Ferguson

From John and Jeaninne:
“Jeaninne lives with MSA every day but this is for our daughter who requested a
donation as her Christmas present. Merry Christmas Dawn!”

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BRONZE LEVEL ($100 – $249)

Adam Alterman In Memory of Helene Louza

Tom Tait In Memory of Liz Tait

Clyde and Cathy Chapman

Kenneth Kapinos

Debbie White In Memory of Joyce Scaduto

Marta Behrendt

The Thvedt Family:
“In honor of our husband and father Joel Thvedt and all the other MSA Warriors battling
with such grace and dignity”

Josephine Stortini:
“To all those MSA Warriors battling “The Beast” and those who have died and gained
their Warrior Angel Wings. May GOD BLESS THEM.”

Elaine Douglas In Memory of Diane Graham:
“In support of all those affected by multiple system atrophy.”

Jana Dexter In Memory of Father Richard Dexter

Katherine Stone In Memory of Dan Stone

For Linda Laraine

Joyce Butler: “Dedicated to my husband Donell Butler, for the fight of his life!”

Ann Lynch

Vera James In Memory of Fred James

In honor of our MSA Warrior Ginger Younts, mom and grandma
– Love, Natalie, Neal, Kristen, Audrey, and Elise

Jim Duffy In Memory of Deb Duffy

Diane Graham In Memory of Daniel Miller

Julie Maier:
“For my brother, John, who is fighting this disease with courage and grace.”

For Eileen Dyas

Allyson Mayeux In memory of Hal Bahlinger

Erin Williams In memory of Deborah Knutson

Anonymous

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Circle of Hope Champions 2018

 

The Multiple System Atrophy Coalition is grateful to our generous donors who pledged

to provide over $180,000 in matching funds during our annual

Holiday Hope Campaign in 2018.

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ELITE LEVEL ($100,000+)

In Honor of Marc Byron

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PLATINUM LEVEL ($10,000 – $24,999)

Move over MSA
Race for a Reason Canadian Barrel Racers

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DIAMOND LEVEL ($5000 – $9999)

Carol Langer In Memory of Rob Langer
Glenn A. Ducat and Beverly Krivokapich

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RUBY LEVEL ($2000 – $4999)

Dan Cavanagh Memorial Fund
Olga Castellanos & Mike McGee
Francesca and Rob Wermlinger
Alan Williams
Anna Shen
Turner Group In Honor of Diane Graham
Anonymous

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EMERALD LEVEL ($1000 – $1999)

Vicki, Matt & Jack Wilson
Sallie McDonald
Diane Adkins
Don and Geri Crouse
Sue Dorsey
Spotlight Dance Studio
Janie Blank
In Memory of Eileen Kavanaugh Dyas
Klisares Family In Memory of Paula Klisares
Daniel Claassen
Ronald Nordmann
Raymond Werre In Memory of Charlotte Anna Werre 1939-2001
Tom Tait In Honor of Liz Tait
Virginia “Kelly” Otto, Bob and families

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GOLD LEVEL ($500 – $999)

Cheri Saley In Memory of Bill “G.B.E.” Saley
David Richard & Pam Bower In Memory of Ida Comeau Richard
In Memory of Donna Harrison Bennett
MSA NJ
Randy Shockey In Honor of Claudia Shockey
Tiffany Bollis In Memory of Ken Yellen
Jim and Bev Gorman
In Honor of Janet Peskin
Loretta Tolwinski
Jamie Graham In Memory of Stephanie Pust
Ann Smith
Tom Looney Family

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SILVER LEVEL ($250 – $499)

Valerie Walsh In Memory of Paul Walsh
Glenn and Lindsey Hein
Joanne and Alan Kelly
Kathy and Hank Long
Vera James In Memory of Fred James
Gregor Wenning
Cyndi Roemer
Jack & Carol Harrigan
Mary Hanson O’Reilly In Memory of David Hanson
Jeff Sacks In Memory of Kerry Simon
Richard Ogren In Memory of Marianne Ogren
Doug and Belinda Franklin
Laura Douglas
Patrick Costigan MSA Fund
Vikram Khurana
Lauren Versel In Memory of Mark Versel
Dan Gallivan

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BRONZE LEVEL ($100 – $249)

Arthur Wall
Maria Teresa Pellecchia
Neil Versel In Memory of Mark Versel
Allyson Mayeux In Memory of Hal Bahlinger
John and Hadley Ferguson
The Thvedt Family In Honor of Joel Thvedt
Katherine Stone In Memory of Dan Stone
Larry Kellerman In Memory of Mary Colleen Kellerman

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Circle of Hope Champions 2017

 

The Multiple System Atrophy Coalition is grateful to our generous donors who pledged

to provide over $150,000 in matching funds during our annual

Holiday Hope Campaign in 2017.

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PLATINUM ULTRA LEVEL ($50,000 – $99,999)

Multiple System Atrophy Trust (UK)

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PLATINUM PLUS LEVEL ($25,000 – $49,999)

Blandford-Rees Foundation In Memory of Jim Rees

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PLATINUM LEVEL ($10,000 – $24,999)

Move over MSA
Race for a Reason Canadian Barrel Racers
Anonymous
Carol Langer

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RUBY LEVEL ($2000 – $4999)

Sue Dorsey
Alan Williams
Michael Emma
Francesca and Rob Wermlinger

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EMERALD LEVEL ($1000 – $1999)

Albert Cho
Katelyn Schneider
Dan Cavanagh Memorial Fund
David & Diane S. Adkins
Janie Albright Blank
David Lee
Don and Geri Crouse
Jennifer Quinn
Anonymous
Monica Service
Dan Gallivan
Virender and Usha Khurana

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GOLD LEVEL ($500 – $999)

Vicki Yousey Wilson
Cynthia Roemer
Pam Bower and David Richard

Ann Smith
Dr. Pratik Bhattacharya & Philip M Fortier
In Honor of Janet Peskin by Sloane, Brynn & Ryan Efune
The Kelly Giving Fund
Cheri Saley
Tiffany Yellen Bollis
MSA NJ
Helen Liascos
Vikram Khurana and Chee Yeun Chung

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SILVER LEVEL ($250 – $499)

Joanne Theriault
Glenn and Lindsey Hein
Pat McKinster
Gregor Wenning

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BRONZE LEVEL ($100 – $249)

Lauren Tipton Wrather
Francesca Graziano
Tami Litvak
Erin Williams
Tom Arendell
Larry Kellerman

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Circle of Hope Champions 2016

 

The Multiple System Atrophy Coalition is grateful to our generous donors who pledged

to provide over $120,000 in matching funds during our annual

Holiday Hope Campaign in 2016.

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PLATINUM PLUS LEVEL ($25,000+)

Blandford-Rees Foundation In Memory of Jim Rees

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PLATINUM LEVEL ($10,000 – $24,999)

Jennifer DiVittorio
Tom Looney

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DIAMOND LEVEL ($5000 – $9999)

Michelle Belheumer & friends (5K fundraiser)
Tiffany Bollis & family
Amsleigh Park Primary School (Fun Run)
Eric Tipton
Richard Elmen
Carol Langer

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RUBY LEVEL ($2000 – $4999)

Alan Williams
Michael Emma
Edgar Baltins
Rob and Francesca Wermlinger

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EMERALD LEVEL ($1000 – $1999)

Kacie Hunter (Dan Cavanaugh Family fundraiser)
Albert Cho
Dennis & Janie Blank
Vitaline O’Toole
Eugene and Julie Nagle
Jim and Bev Gorman
Dan McCarthy
Versel Family
Don and Geri Crouse
Pam Bower and David Richard
Gregor Wenning
Armin Giese

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GOLD LEVEL ($500 – $999)

Steve Snyder
Raymond & Margaret Werre
Dan & Deb Gallivan
Janie Blank
Bonnie Greenspan
Peter O’Toole
Sharon Sutton

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SILVER LEVEL ($250 – $499)

Francesca Graziano
Sarette Van Den Heever
Praveen Dayalu
Vikram Khurana

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BRONZE LEVEL ($100 – $249)

Lauren Wrather
Tejal Shah Sahasrabudhe
Dolores and Robert Brittingham
Debbie White
Jithin Anchan
Gayle Gardner
Fran Hansen
Caren Ganzert
Maria Teresa Pellecchia
Vera James and Emma Maring

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Circle of Hope Champions 2015

 

The Multiple System Atrophy Coalition is grateful to our generous donors who pledged

to provide $150,000 in matching funds during our annual

Holiday Hope Campaign in 2015.

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ELITE LEVEL ($100,000+)

Patrick Costigan MSA Fund

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PLATINUM ULTRA LEVEL ($50,000 – $99,999)

Blandford-Rees Foundation In Memory of Jim Rees

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Extraordinary Ways To Help The Cause

There are three activities that make the biggest financial impact for the MSA Coalition.