Executive Vice President To Be Honored At 29th Annual MS Dinner of Champions

STAMFORD, Conn. On Thursday, Nov. 8, the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Connecticut Chapter will host the 29th annual MS Dinner of Champions at the Stamford Marriott Hotel in Stamford, Conn. The chapter will recognize, with one of its highest awards, Bruce Tobin, executive vice president of Simon Property Group located in New York, N.Y.

TobinA resident of Stamford, Conn., Tobin will receive the 2007 MS Hope Award. This award is presented to individuals exhibiting extraordinary community leadership and support for improving the quality of life for Connecticut residents. Tobin graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1975 from Queens College in New York, N.Y. He joined Simon Property Group in 1998 as senior vice president of leasing. Previously, he served as vice president of Corporate Property Investors, an institutionally-owned major mall owner and operator which merged with Simon Property Group in late 1998. Prior to his affiliation with Corporate Property Investors, Tobin served as a senior auditor with Ernst & Young in New York, N.Y.

Armen Keteyian, chief investigative correspondent, CBS News, will serve as master of ceremonies. Keteyian is the recipient of eight Emmy Awards, including four for CBS Sports, three for coverage of the Tour de France (2002-04) and one for a Super Bowl pre-game piece about NFL quarterbacks and their sons (2005). He also has two Sports Journalism Emmys for "Real Sports" — a report on the financing of the Bank One Ballpark in Arizona (1998) and a story on high school basketball star Amare Stoudemire (2001).

The evening will feature a cocktail reception and silent auction followed by dinner and an awards ceremony.

"I became involved with the National Multiple Sclerosis Society when my sister-in-law was diagnosed with MS," said Tobin. "I am eager to support research to find a cure for my sister-in-law and others in the community affected by this disease."

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a chronic and often disabling disease of the central nervous system. The effects of MS are unpredictable. Symptoms can include numbness and tingling in the extremities, difficulties with vision and speech, stiffness, fatigue and, in some severe cases, total paralysis. The progress, severity, and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot be predicted, and there is no cure. The cause is unknown, and, as a result, there currently is no cure for MS. Funds raised through events, such as the MS Dinner of Champions, ensure ongoing scientific research to find a cure and the continuation of vital programs and services offered by the chapter to Connecticut residents diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS).

"It is a privilege to recognize Mr. Tobin at this year’s MS Dinner of Champions," said Lisa Gerrol, chapter president. "Mr. Tobin’s commitment to finding a cure for MS, and his dedication to reach out to Connecticut residents battling the disease, is an inspiring example of leadership and community service. The MS Hope Award is one of the highest awards bestowed by the society and we are pleased to honor Mr. Tobin."

The 2007 MS Dinner of Champions Committee chairperson is Terrance M. Walsh, who is affiliated with MC2, a model management company in New York, N.Y.

For more information on attending the 2007 MS Dinner of Champions, please contact Kim Maloney, at (800) FIGHT.MS.

PHOTO CUTLINE: Bruce Tobin, executive vice president of Simon Property Group in New York, N.Y., is the recipient of the 2007 MS Hope Award. He will accept the award at the 29th annual MS Dinner of Champions on Thursday, Nov. 8, at the Stamford Marriott Hotel in Stamford, Conn.


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