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MDA's Wings Over Wall Street® 2008

For Wings 2008, we were honored to have our event Co-Chaired by Ray Tierney from Morgan Stanley and Matt DeSalvo of Credit Suisse, and we welcomed a new Presenting Sponsor, RBC Capital Markets. Wings 2008 honorees were Dr. Christopher Henderson (Diamond Award), Phil and Laura Carlo (Spirit Award), and former Wings Co-Chair Mary McDermott-Holland (Beier Award). Phil, who was unable to make the event, gave a moving speech on his video acceptance, followed by a fantastic video of former and present ALS patients and Wings committee members preceding the research minutes auction.

WNBC Sportscaster Bruce Beck hosted, with auction assistance from My 9's Giovanna Drpic. Among the fantastic items were a live puppy and a chance to have Ray Tierney be your golf caddy at Maidenstone! In spite of the disruption on Wall Street and with the economy in general, Wings supporters came out in great numbers to help find a cure for ALS. Demonstrating the commitment of the Wall Street community along with all Wings supporters from various walks of life and industries, Wings 2008 grossed over $900,000.

MDA's Wings Over Wall Street® 2009

In 2009, Wings celebrated its 9th Anniversary by moving its venue to the fabulous Gotham Hall in New York. Co-chaired again by the remarkable Ray Tierney and Matt DeSalvo, Wings was honored again to have RBC Capital Markets as our Presenting Sponsor. Wings 2009 honorees were Leonard and Clair Tow (Spirit Award), Kerry Flynn-Berry (Beier Award), and Dr. Jinsy A. Andrews (Diamond Award).

Wings 2009 was hosted by CNBC's Joe Kernen and LX.TV's Sara Gore, and Fox 5 / My9’s Giovanna Drpic acted as the auctioneer for the live and research minutes auctions along with Joe Kernen. Entertaining the large crowd was the band, Aged Inventory, and the NYC Fire Department's Emerald Society's Pipes and Drums, which opened the proceedings. Helping to keep the momentum for a successful event high were pre and post-events like Bar Night, Jeans Day, and two fabulous charity trading days sponsored by BTIG and ICAP. With the continued support of the Wall Street, insurance, financial services, legal, construction, and many other industries and, of course, caring people, Wings 2009 netted over $850,000, brining its 9 year total over $8 million solely for ALS research.

To start Wings 2010 off right, Wings has partnered with the New York City Triathalon and is sponsoring an MDA-ALS team.

MDA's Wings Over Wall Street® 2010

In 2010, Wings celebrated its 10th Anniversary.  It's hard to believe that Toni's vision has reached its tenth year and that Wings has turned into a major ALS research funding event and a destination event for the Wall Street Community.  We were again at Gotham Hall in New York City and our host was Natalie Morales from NBC's Today Show.  Co-chairing Wings 2010 were Michael Marrale from RBC Capital Markets and Angela Sun from Bloomberg.  Award recipients were the late Tony Judt (Spirit Award), Ray Tierney (the Beier Award), and Dr. Nicholas Maragakis (the Diamond Award).

A great Bar Night and Jeans Day kicked off Wings.  The house was packed on a cold September 30th with an enthusiastic crowd and tons of great auction items.  Our goal was to reach $10 million in our tenth anniversary, but we fell a little short.  Gratefully, however, with the support of Wall Street, the ALS community, the New York City community, the insurance, financial services, and legal industries, and many other friends, we raised over $800,000, bringing our ten-year total to over $9 million in net funds for ALS research.


MDA's Wings Over Wall Street® 2011

With Wall Street and the US economy still struggling, Wings worked hard in its 11th year to provide funds to the ALS researchers.  Nearly 450 Wall Street executives, civic and business leaders attended Wings 2011 at Gotham Hall in New York City.  This amazing group of financial services industry notables came together and raised nearly $625,000. 

The Wings gala opened with the New York Fire Department’s Pipe and Drums band and introductions of the event’s co-chairs Angela Sun of Bloomberg and Todd Trimmer of Weeden & Co.  Joe Kernen of CNBC’s Squawk Box hosted the festive evening, first recognizing Angel Sponsors Bloomberg, Credit Suisse and Weeden. Kernen then helped with the presentations of four extraordinary service awards, as well as an energetic research-minute auction. 

Serge Przedborski, M.D., Ph.D, Professor of Neurology and Pathology at Columbia University, received the prestigious Diamond Award, named in honor of WOWS co-founder Toni Diamond, for his scientific leadership in the fight against ALS.  Matthew De Salvo, Head of US Equity Cash Trading and Sales Trading at Credit Suisse, was recognized with the Michael P. Beier Award, named in honor of former WOWS chair Michael Beier, for being “someone who inspires, encourages and motivates others with devotion and energy to find a cure for ALS.”  Beth Gottlieb, Director, Knight Capital Americas, L.P., was presented the Humanitarian Award for her “extraordinary personal and public support to help find a cure for ALS.”  The Homes Family accepted the Spirit Award on behalf of Harlan Homes for having “demonstrated extraordinary commitment and dedication to the eradication of ALS by raising awareness, advocating for funding and promoting research for a cure.”

Wings 2011 put the total raised to eradicate ALS at over $9.6 million.

MDA's Wings Over Wall Street® 2012

The 12th Annual Wings Gala continued to feel the effects of a very down economy and a slumping financial sector.  While our attendance was low, the enthusiasm was high as Wings continued to provide much needed funds for ALS research.  Honored in 2012 was Robert Amaro from Etro, whose sister accepted the Spirit Award after Robert left us a week before Wings.  Also honored were former Wings Chair Angela Sun, Chief-of-Staff to the President and CEO of Bloomberg, L.P., with the Michael P. Beier Award, and Dr. Piera Pasinelli, co-director of the Frances and Joseph Weinberg Unit for ALS Research at the Farber Institute for Neuroscience at Thomas Jefferson University, with the Diamond Award.

The stated goal was to reach the $10 million mark in 2012.  Sadly, we fell short by some $31,290, but achieved a net income of $456,386, which put Wings very close to the $10 million mark.  Nevertheless, with the help of MC Stephanie Ruhle from Bloomberg TV and music by The Itch, the attendees all had a great night and raised funds to find a cure. 

MDA's Wings Over Wall Street® 2013

For 2013, Wings moved its Annual Gala to the Broad Street Ballroom and were honored to have as event emcee radio personality Ty Bentli. Ty made the event very exciting with this commentary. The goal of Wings 2013 was to smash through the $10 million mark, which we did in style, netting some $412,000 for ALS research. Honored in 2013 were former New Orleans Saints standout Steve Gleeson with the Spirit Award. Steve had quite a few folks from New Orleans show up to support his courageous fight against ALS. Steve was unable to join us in NYC personally, but sent a great video message to all the attendees. Also honored were Dr. Bryan Traynor with the Diamond Award for his work on ALS genetics and Todd Trimmer with the Beier Award. Todd, a former co-chair of Wings, was at the time co-CEO of Weeden and is now a senior officer at Guggenheim.

We were also joined by Steve Derks, who had recently joined the MDA as its new CEO. Steve was impressed with all that Wings had accomplished and committed to continue the relationship between Wings and the MDA. Our raffle for 2013 was a unique Piaggio scooter, which attracted a lot of attention on the auction floor. The raffle winner's reaction was "Holy Cow!"

The night was also very meaningful for those living with ALS. After the event, Wings co-founder Warren Schiffer spoke with a person with ALS and her husband about Wings 2013 and she had this to say: "For one night, she told me, she, her husband, and friend had a BLAST, leaving the disease behind for those precious hours of enjoyment."That blast was helped by some great music from the Trading Band, Fun Ghouls, and D'Edge.

MDA's Wings Over Wall Street® 2014

In 2014, the Wings Gala moved to another new venue, the famous Edison Ballroom. Using new technology and riding on the 75th Anniversary of Lou Gehrig's famous speech in Yankee Stadium, the 14th Annual Wings Gala was another great success. But 2014 was also the year of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge and many members of the Wings family posted videos of their Ice Bucket Challenge participation. You can see the Challenge issued by Wings co-founder Warren Schiffer and his brother Larry Schiffer here.

The Wings 2014 honorees were special. They included Kimberly Ungar, CEO of the Security Traders Association of New York, who received the Beier Award, Dr. Timothy Miller of Washington University, who received the Diamond Award and the Carrington Family, who received the Spirit Award. A special Humanitarian Award was given to long-time Wings committee member and the Publisher of Traders Magazine, Ken Heath. Ken, unfortunately passed away from an unrelated disease in November 2014. Ken will be sorely missed by all.

Sportscaster Steve Overmyer was the evening's emcee and he was joined by special guest host CNBC's Jon Najarian who flew in just for Wings. Thanks Jon!  Wings 2014 also included great music from The Trading Band, FUN Ghouls and others, and special guest Walt "Clyde" Frazier.

2014 was also memorable because, although we netted only $321,000 for the ALS researchers, it put Wings' total over $10.7 million for research. Quite an accomplishment in 14 years and through the greatest economic upheaval of our lives.



MDA's Wings Over Wall Street® 2015 - Wings 15th Anniversary

Wings' 15th Anniversary Gala took place at The Lighthouse, Pier 61, Chelsea Piers, a spectacular location on the Hudson River. Great food, great music by Trading Band, and a great atmosphere. For our 15th Anniversary we were honored to have CNBC's Scott Wapner emcee the event. Judge (you have to guess why he is called Judge) did a great job as emcee.

Our 15th Anniversary could not have been sucessful without our fabulous co-chairs Lisa Utasi of Clearbridge and John Schwall of IEX. Lisa has been a part of the Wings family since nearly the beginning as a close friend of our former co-chair Michael Beier. This is Lisa's reprise as a co-chair and she continued her outstanding ability to attract sponsors to this important cause in Mike's memory.

John Schwall and his generous company IEX did something amazing for our 15th Anniversary. IEX hosted a Block Trading Day with spectacular results. and IEX matched the accumulated commissions for a total donation of $50,000 as a Guardian Angel sponsor. And yet John donated even more on his own in memory of his mother who lost her battle with ALS. Wings Co-founder Warren Schiffer and his brother Larry Schiffer were honored to present Lisa and John with special co-chair awards.

Speaking of awards, the Beier Award was given to the fantastic Jon (Dr. J) Najarian of OptionMonster and CNBC. Jon joined the Wings family last year at the last moment and is now part of the fabric of Wings not only because he is now a Beier Award receipient, but because he worked the room with Scott Wapner for the Research Minutes Auction and in auctioning off Mets World Series tickets and the opportunity to spend the day with Jon at CNBC and lunch at Capital Grille. With the Beier family watching, Jon was given the award by Lisa Utasi and Michael's niece Danielle Jaycox.

Wings' Diamond Award winner was Dr. James Berry, Co-Director of the Massachusetts General Hospital Multidisciplinary ALS Clinic. The award was presented by Wings Co-founder Warren Schiffer. Dr. Berry joins past Diamond Award recipients who are pushing every day for advancements in ALS Research. We will hear more from Dr. Berry.

The Wings Spirit Award was presented by 2015 Co-chair John Schwall to Karen Condron, an artist and philanthropist, whose fortitude against ALS is remarkable. Karen's paintings were part of the silent auction and were well received. Her husband Jim Condron spoke for Karen and demonstrated how committed they are to finding a cure for ALS. We welcome the Condrons to the Wings family.

Wings 15th Anniversary pushed our total net giving to the ALS researchers close to $11 million.

MDA's Wings Over Wall Street® 2016

Wings' 16th Gala took place again at The Lighthouse, Pier 61, Chelsea Piers, a spectacular location on the Hudson River. Great food, great music by Trading Band, and a great atmosphere. Jon Najarian from CNBC did a fantastic job holding down double duty as Wings Chair and event emcee. We had a great research minutes auction and our first Wine Pull sold out in a flash. The silent auction went well and IEX K-Day was a phenomenal success resulting in a donation to Wings in excess of $71,000. Net totals doubled 2015 and are in excess of $407,000. This brought our lifetime total to well over $11 million to unlock the cure for ALS.

The Spirit Award was given to Patrick Beaton, PhD, Professor Emeritus, New Jersey Institute of Technology, where he taught economics in the School of Humanities.  The Diamond Award was presented to Dr. Dale Lange, Chairman of Neurology and Neurologist-in-Chief at Hospital for Special Surgery and a Professor of Neurology at Weill Medical College of Cornell University.  The Beier Award went to our own John Schwall, COO of IEX Group and a past chair of Wings. We also had a phenomenal Presenting Sponsor in MT Pharma America.

The on-line auction was one of the highlights, with the winner dining with Shark Tank's Kevin O'Leary (Mr. Wonderful) at Ocean Prime. The winning bid was a phenomenal $34,000, which was made by Alex Edson, the 18-year old CEO of Power TV.


MDA's Wings Over Wall Street® 2017

2017 brought us consistency and change at the same time. The Gala took place again at The Lighthouse, Pier 61, at Chelsea Piers and The Trading Band provided fantastic music.  Our Presenting Sponsor was again Mitsubishi Tanabe Pharma America (it's new name) and Wings was chaired again by Dr. J, John Najaran.  IEX held another trading day for Wings that raised over $76,000.

Wings 2017 welcomed new President & CEO of the MDA, Lynn O'Conner Vos, who joined us at Wings along with many MDA Board members and new Executive Vice President & Chief Revenue Officer, Karen Lewis Alexander. We can't see where Lynn takes the MDA (and Wings) into the future of finding cures and serving patients.

Wings 2017 was emceed by the great Bill Ritter from Channel 7 Eyewitness News.  Bill did a phenomenal job as emcee.  Wings also had the distinct pleasure of presenting the Spirit Award to one of the co-founders of the Ice Bucket Challenge, Patrick Quinn.  Pat and his family were an integral part of Wings 2017 and Pat's Dad made a great acceptance speech on Pat's behalf that touched us all.  The Diamond Award was presented to Dr. Terry Heiman-Patterson, professor of neurology and Director of the Neurodegenerative Disease Center at Temple University's Lewis Katz School of Medicine. On the ALS front, Dr. Patterson is a co-founder and President of the ALS Hope Foundation. Finally, Wings presented the Beier Award to Jim Jansen from Google.  Jim started an ALS swim in Amsterdam to honor his friend Jan Weerts and was President of the New Amsterdam City Swim in the Husdon River.

Financially, Wings 2017 raised over $340,000 to help unlock the cure for ALS.  

Stay tuned as MDA's Wings Over Wall Street® continues to provide significant funds to the MDA-ALS Research Initiative and the research teams at Columbia and Johns Hopkins in 2018 and beyond until a cure is found.