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Thursday
Aug102017

Presenting Sponsor Changes Name to Mitsubishi Tanabe Pharma America

On August 1, 2017, Wings Presenting Sponsor, MT Pharma America announced its corporate name change to Mitsubishi Tanabe Pharma America.  Additionally, on August 8, 2017, Mitsubishi Tanabe Pharma America announced that RADICAVA, the first ALS treatment in two decades, is now available for treatment in the US.

Sunday
Jul302017

Pat Quinn, Co-Founder of the Ice Bucket Challenge to Receive the Spirit Award at Wings 2017

The Wings Committee and the MDA are pround to announce that the 2017 Spirit Award reciepient will be Pat Quinn, the co-founder of the Ice Bucket Challenge.  Pat, who was diagnosed with ALS in 2013 just after his 30th birthday, organized Quinn for the Win and has been advocating for ALS awareness, treatments and a cure ever since.  He has received many awards for his advocacy on behalf of all those with ALS.  Wings is thrilled that Pat has accepted the 2017 Spirit Award, which will be presented at the Wings Over Wall Street Gala on October 26, 2017, at the Lighthouse, Pier 61, Chelsea Piers.  For information on how to join Wings in honoring Pat with a sponsorship, donation or to purchase tickets, please visit www.wingsoverwallstreet.org 

Monday
Jun122017

The Time to Act Is Now -- Proposed Budget Cuts Threaten ALS Community

The linked article and press release tell the story.  The proposed federal budget will cause untold damage to the progress of ALS research and our efforts to unlock the cure. Now is the time to fight against cuts to ALS research by advocating and by supporting events like Wings Over Wall Street.  Sponsors are needed for our October 26, 2017 Gala. You can register to be a sponsor using the linked form.

Friday
Feb032017

A Big Night With Mr. Wonderful

One of the most impressive auction items of Wings Over Wall Street's 2016 Gala was the opportunity to have dinner with Shark Tank's Kevin O'Leary. The auction was held online and a computer was on hand at the Wings Gala so bidders at the event could join in. While it started off slow, the bidding took off and Wings benefitted from an unbelievable winning bid of $34,000. 

What is even more unbelieveable is that the winning bidder was Alex Edson, the18-year old CEO of Power TV. Alex, who was happy to support Wings and its mission to unlock the cure for ALS, also was hoping to land Kevin as a strategic partner. We don't know the outcome, but they had a great dinner at Ocean Prime recently and both enjoyed the experience. Special thanks to Wings Chair Jon Najarian for making it happen. 

Wednesday
Jan182017

Wings Mourns the Passing of Robert Mattis

We are sorry to report that our good friend and former Wings supporter, Robert Mattis, passed away on January 16th surrounded by his family at Overlook Hospital.  

Born in Forest Hills, NY, Bob was a securities trader for over 30 years. He was a member and past president of the Security Traders Association of New York (STANY). He was also a member of the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve.

Bob was a true gentleman, a generous friend to the industry, and a loving husband, father and grandfather. He will be greatly missed. 

He is predeceased by his brothers Steven and Richard. Bob is survived by his beloved wife, Carol (Cronin) Mattis, his loving sons and their spouses Bob and Karina, Jim and Kim and cherished daughter, Katie Mattis. Also surviving are his dear grandchildren Patrick, Jack, Kevin, Allison, Samantha and Grady, his brother Frank and sister-in-laws’ Paula and Agnes.

A Memorial Mass will be held on Saturday, January 28th at 9:30am at St. Michael's Church, 40 Alden Street, Cranford, NJ. 

In lieu of flower donations may be made to Wings Over Wall Street (http://wingsoverwallstreet.org) or the Beaver Lake Memorial Fund (PO Box 133 Allendale, NJ 07401. Donations to Wings may be made on-line or mailed to:

MDA
5 Dakota Drive
Suite 101
Lake Success, NY 11042

Wednesday
Jan182017

Wings 2017 Will Take Place October 26, 2017

The Wings Committee is pleased to announce that MDA's Wings Over Wall Street's 17th Annual Gala will take place on October 26, 2017, Thursday evening, from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. again at The Lighthouse, Pier 61, Chelsea Piers, New York City. While plans are still in the works, there are early indications that Wings 2017 will start off with early sponsorship commitments. Plans are being made to kick off Wings 2017 with a nationwide Jeans Day in May to honor ALS Awareness Month. Another Wine Pull is anticipated as well as another trading day. Mark your calendars now and let your company or organization know that you want them to sponsor Wings 2017.

Monday
Oct242016

AFA-CWA Supports Wings 2016

2016 Wings Over Wall Street - October 27, 2016
AFA Members, Toni Diamond and Warren Schiffer, became founders of the extraordinary benefit, "Wings Over Wall Street" when Toni was diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease.  They turned their greatest challenge into inspiring work to fight ALS through research funded by the Muscular Dystrophy Association.  In 2004 we lost Toni, our flying partner, but her care-giver husband, Warren, continues to work in her memory. 

This year the benefit is scheduled for October 27, 2016 from 5:30 pm – 9:30 pm at The Lighthouse, Pier Sixty, Chelsea Piers in New York City. 

A Note from Warren
To my fellow Flight Attendants,

As we embark on unifying our ranks and standing together as one group with shared aspirations for a professional, prosperous, and safety oriented future, I am really excited to see how great our combined efforts can positively impact our careers going forward.

Standing together as one, with passion and commitment, is what Wings has been focused on. I am humbled and so proud to have the opportunity to tell you about the upcoming 16 Annual MDA'S Wings Over Wall Street Gala event, which takes place October 27th, 2016 at The Lighthouse - Pier Sixty-One - Chelsea Piers in NYC. 

This year, our goal is to Unlock the Cure for ALS, better known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease.  Why am I involved with ALS?  For those who don’t know, my late wife, and United Flight Attendant, Toni Diamond, was diagnosed and later died from this horrible disease.  She and I cofounded MDA'S Wings Over Wall Street in 2001 as a way to fund ALS research, which still remains underfunded today.  Over the last 15 years, with the support of our United family, Wings has raised almost $11 million for ALS research.  

Frankly, I never thought that 16 years later I would need to come back to you asking for help. The reality is that people are still dying every day from ALS, and, while significant progress has been made, we still have more work to do to Unlock The Cure for ALS. I am confident that with your support, we will achieve Toni’s dream of a world without ALS.  She knew that she wouldn’t be around to see it, but that she could count on me to continue her fight after she was gone.  I knew that her fellow Flight Attendants wouldn’t let her down either.

Please consider donating any amount that you can by going to our web sitewingsoverwallstreet.org and clicking on the donate link, or go directly there now:http://www2.mda.org/site/TR?fr_id=20799&pg=entry  For more information on how you can help, please click here: http://wingsoverwallstreet.org/donate/ 

Finally, if you are going to be in NY on 10/27, but are unable to purchase a ticket, I invite you to become a Wings volunteer for the night. You'll need to be available from approximately 4 PM - 10 PM. It would be greatly appreciated and I know you'll have a great night. Please contact Alyssa Keenan akeenan@mdausa.org.

Thank you for considering this request, and fly safely.

Gratefully yours,
Warren Schiffer, EWRSW

Here's how you can help:

Friday
Oct142016

Wings Gala and Auction on October 27th Features Shark Tank and Hamilton 

On October 27, 2016, Wings will hold its 16th Annual Gala to unlock the cure for ALS. Part of the Gala includes live and silent auctions. This year, Wings is thrilled to announce two unbelievable live auction items:

Dinner with Shark Tank's Mr. Wonderful, Kevin O'Leary, with you and 2 friends at Ocean Prime

Two tickets to the December 13th performance of Hamilton, Row F, Orchestra

To bid on these and our other terrific auction items, you need to be at Wings. So buy a ticket today and have a chance to dine with Mr. Wonderful or see Hamilton. You won't get this opportunity anywhere else.

Friday
Oct142016

Founder of Ride4Life Provides a Motivating Essay

Anniversary of Hope

Chris Pendergast, ALS Patient
Ride For Life Founder & President

Hope is the most powerful force we possess. With it mountains are moved and miracles are realized. I once read, “Hope will never leave you, it is you that will abandon it!”

On Columbus Day, I received the long awaited telephone call from my doctor who delivered the devastating diagnosis. I plunged into a dark, frightening world. Medicine offered nothing. The prognosis was bone chillingly grim. The advice given to me, “Put your life in order.”  Sound advice according to most since ALS is considered hopeless. Patients are expected to die within a few years of diagnosis.

I turned to my family, my friends and my faith. They were my reservoir of strength. Quietly, I held fast to a glimmering feeling deep within me. I hoped. There was no plan, or expectation. I had no vision of the future.  I did not expect a cure. All I had was an indefinable but unshakeable sense of hope. Though afraid, I took each day as it came and considered it a gift. Eight thousand, three hundred and ninety five days later, each day continues to be a gift.

Tuesday begins my 24th year of living with ALS. I celebrated my anniversary of living with good friends , delicious food and a glorious setting at the Cowfish restaurant on Shinnecock Bay. Life poses great challenges but is precious and worth living, even with the struggle.  Although now 67 and quite disabled, I continue to hope, for God is indeed good. 

I hope for my wife.  I hope for my children and grandchild. I hope for patients newly diagnosed. I hope for the dedicated researchers.

Also, I hope for all of you who read this. Remember, it is people who abandon hope. It will never abandon you. It has been at my side this whole remarkable  journey.

Wednesday
Oct052016

IEX Announces K-Day for Wings on October 27, 2016

IEX Group, Inc., a Wings Sponsor since 2012 when IEX was founded, is holding a special trading day for MDA's Wings Over Wall Street on October 27, 2016, the day of the 16th Annual Wings Gala. IEX's K-Day for Wings means that every 1,000 share print on IEX contributes to a donation to Wings. K-Day follows IEX's successful block trading day in 2015, which resulted in a $50,000 donation to Wings. This year, a block trade is not required, only a trade of 1,000 shares on the IEX exchange. The more you trade 1,000 shares on IEX the more Wings will receive to fund ALS research.

Here's how it works: On IEX "K-Day," please help us support Wings Over Wall Street by optimizing your interactions to increase the potential for trades of at least 1,000 shares.  The calculation for IEX’s “K-Day” donation are total shares traded via all trades of at least 1,000 shares multiplied by $0.0009.  Trades involving displayed shares and broker self-crosses will count towards this donation.

John Schwall, IEX's co-founder and COO, is being honored on October 27th at Wings with the. Michael P. Beier Award. Please support John and IEX and trade via the IEX exchange on October 27th so that every 1,000 share trade will result in an increased donation to Wings to help us unlock the cure for ALS.

Monday, October 10, 2016

IEX "K-Day" Benefiting Wings Over Wall Street 2016

IEX Trading Alert #2016 - 057

Overview

On Thursday, October 27th, 2016, IEX will host "K-Day", where every trade of at least 1,000 shares executed on IEX contributes towards a donation to Wings Over Wall Street, a non-profit organization that has raised over $10.7 million to find a cure for ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease).

The calculation for this donation are total shares traded, double-counted, via all executions of at least 1,000 shares multiplied by $0.0009. Trades involving displayed shares and broker self-crosses will count towards this donation.

Support Wings Over Wall Street

MDA's Wings Over Wall Street is one of the most successful Muscular Dystrophy Association benefits to fund research to find a cure for ALS.

Please help us support Wings Over Wall Street by (a) on IEX "K-Day", optimizing your interactions to increase the potential for trades of at least 1,000 shares, and (b) sponsoring the Wings Over Wall Street Gala, which takes place October 27th at The Lighthouse, Chelsea Piers, or making a donation here.

Where can I learn more?

About IEX

Dedicated to institutionalizing fairness in the markets, IEX provides a more balanced marketplace via simplified market structure design and cutting-edge technology. IEX operates a fair-access platform accessible by any qualified broker dealer. IEX is driven by a team of cross-industry experts with backgrounds spanning market venues, electronic trading, and broker-dealers. IEX is the first equity trading venue seeded exclusively by a consortium of buy-side investors, including mutual funds, hedge funds, and family offices. Learn more at: iextrading.com.