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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.

Friday
Sep162016

Wings 2016 Title Sponsor Is Announced

The Wings Family is pleased to welcome as its 2016 Title Sponsor MT Pharma America. This Title Sponsorship demonstrate's MT Pharma America's leadership and commitment to unlocking the cure for ALS. MT Pharma America is a member of Mitsubishi Tanabe Pharma Corporation, a leading worldwide pharma company. Driven by sound scientific processes and research, MT Pharma America brings a global perspective to medical solutions for patients living in the United States.

Special thanks goes to Wings Executive Committee member AJ Aralihalli who introduced MT Pharma America to Wings. MT Pharma America joins a growing list of financial services, insurance and other companies in sponsoring Wings 2016. Wings' flagship event, its 2016 Wings Over Wall Street Gala, will take place on October 27, 2016 at The Lighthouse, Pier 61, Chelsea Piers. For more information, contact the MDA or visit our website at www.wingsoverwallstreet.org 

Monday
Aug222016

Wings Mourns the Passing of Jay Fishman

Jay Fishman, fomer CEO and current Chairman of Travelers Cos., succumbed to ALS on Friday, August 19, 2016. Jay as a leader in the insurance and financial services industry and a great friend to many charities. After being diagnosed with ALS, Jay formed a new ALS research funding initiative, called Answer ALS, which provided significant research funds for The Robert Packard Center for ALS Research at Johns Hopkins. Wings also funds the Packard Center. You can read more about Jay and Answer ALS here.

Jay's leadership in both seeking a cure for ALS and in the insurance and financial industries will be sorely missed. 

Wednesday
Aug102016

Wings 2016 to Include a Wine Pull

Are you a wine connoisseur? Do you like a nice glass of wine with your meal or just to relax in the evening? Well, we have the event for you. At Wings 2016 there will be a Wine Pull. What's a Wine Pull you ask? A Wine Pull is an opportunity to pick a bottle of wine randomly in exchange for a $25 donation at Wings 2016. You might pick an average bottle of wine or a spectacular bottle of wine for the same donation cost. Our hope is to have 200 bottles rated at 90+. It's a great opportunity to add to your wine collection while at the same time helping to fund a cure for ALS. 

Wine Pull – Everyone is a winner!!

Every Wine Pull ticket wins a bottle of wine!!

It’s easy. Buy a Wine Pull ticket for $25, then select a number that corresponds to a bottle. You automatically win the bottle that corresponds to that number.

Buy four tickets for $100 and get a bonus pull.

Additionally, you can help Wings 2016 by donating a bottle or a case of wine to the Wings Wine Pull. Just use the Wine Pull Donation Form to make your donation. Donations are due by October 1, 2016. And then join us on October 27th and make a Wine Pull yourself!

Sunday
Apr102016

2015 Wings Spirit Award Winner Profiled on News12 Connecticut

2015 Wings Spirit Award Winner Karen Condron was profiled by News12 Connecticut. Watch the inspirational video.