PHILADELPHIA--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Medical Guardian, in partnership with the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, has been named a Faces of Philanthropy honoree by the Philadelphia Business Journal for their annual Preakness at the Piazza fundraiser benefiting the National Multiple Sclerosis Society of the Greater Delaware Valley. Preakness at the Piazza was established by Medical Guardian founder and CEO Geoff Gross in 2013. The event revolves around the Preakness Stakes in May and has raised over $500,000 to date. Proceeds from the event benefit over 15,000 Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware residents living with multiple sclerosis (MS) in addition to national research.
“After a close friend was diagnosed with MS, I soon realized the disease received very little attention or philanthropic dollars from young professionals,” said Geoff Gross, founder and CEO of Medical Guardian. “Four years ago I launched the first Preakness at the Piazza to generate awareness of MS among the young workforce in Philadelphia and it has since grown into a must-see event in the city. Each year, I am humbled by the amazing turn out at Preakness at the Piazza and look forward to raising over one million dollars to directly help those affected by MS in our region.”
The Preakness at the Piazza attracts 1,500 attendees each year. Known as the “fashion event of the year”, guests typically arrive in their best derby-themed garb. The fifth annual event will take place on Saturday, May 20, at The Piazza in Northern Liberties.
“Events like the Preakness at the Piazza help us get one step closer to a world free of MS,” said Kevin Moffitt, president of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. “Geoff’s commitment to raising funds and awareness for MS is inspiring, and we deeply appreciate the efforts of everyone involved with making the Preakness at the Piazza a success year after year.”
Medical Guardian and the National Multiple Sclerosis Society will be recognized at an awards program on Thursday, April 6, hosted by the Philadelphia Business Journal. For more information about Preakness at the Piazza visit: www.preaknessatthepiazza.com.
About Medical Guardian
Founded in 2005, Medical Guardian is a leading provider of Personal Emergency Response Systems (PERS) headquartered in Philadelphia, Pa. Medical Guardian provides reliable, affordable medical alert devices and superior support to individuals who want an independent, active lifestyle. The company serves tens of thousands of clients across the country, providing them with renewed sense of independence, and their loved ones with peace of mind knowing that help is just a push of a button away. Learn more about Medical Guardian by visiting www.medicalguardian.com, Facebook and Twitter.
About the National Multiple Sclerosis Society
The Society mobilizes people and resources so that everyone affected by multiple sclerosis can live their best lives as we stop MS in its tracks, restore what has been lost and end MS forever. Last year alone, through our comprehensive nationwide network of services, the Society devoted more than $100 million to connect approximately one million people affected by MS to the connections, information and resources they need. To move closer to a world free of MS, the Society also invested $42 million to support more than 380 new and ongoing research projects around the world. We are united in our collective power to do something about MS now and end this disease forever. Learn more at www.nationalMSsociety.org.
Early and ongoing treatment with an FDA-approved therapy can make a difference for people with multiple sclerosis. Learn about your options by talking to your health care professional and contacting the National MS Society at nationalMSsociety.org or 1-800-344-4867.