2006-09-22 / Community

Wings Over Wall Street Fundraiser 9/28

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Pictured: Warren Schiffer and Toni Diamond on their wedding day in 1990. 
Pictured: Warren Schiffer and Toni Diamond on their wedding day in 1990. MDA's Wings Over Wall Street fundraiser, which raises money to find a cure for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig's disease, will be held on Thursday, September 28 from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the Marriott Marquis in Times Square.

Nearly 1,000 attendees, including members of the New York business and financial communities, as well as family and friends, are expected to come together to honor those fighting ALS and to help raise money for a cure.

One person who will be in attendance is Warren Schiffer, a former Rockaway Beach resident and one of the co-founders of Wings Over Wall Street. He and his wife, Toni Diamond, who was diagnosed with ALS in 2000, created the fundraising event to find a cure for the disease.

ALS is a progressively debilitating disease that attacks the muscle, eventually causing complete paralysis and death, usually from respiratory complications.

Diamond lost her battle with ALS in 2004, but her spirit of strength and encouragement live on in the efforts of Wings Over Wall Street.

Since its inception five years ago, Wings Over Wall Street has raised over $5.3 million for ALS research. Through the support of businesses, individuals and friends, including members of the Rockaway community, the foundation hopes to raise even more to save lives. The Rockaway connection for Schiffer remains strong, as his mother, Alma Schiffer, still lives in Dayton Beach.

Co-hosted again this year by actor Billy Baldwin, the gala cocktail party will include live and silent auctions, research minute auctions, a car raffle and more.

For more information on tickets and donations, visit www.wingsoverwall street.org or call the MDA (Muscular Dystrophy Association) at (212) 689-9040.

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