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NMSS Chicago - 42nd Annual Dinner of Champions

September 30, 2021 6:00 - 11:00 pm

Four Seasons Hotel Chicago, East Delaware Place, Chicago, IL, USA

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Join us for the 42nd Annual Dinner of Champions!


The Dinner of Champions is the National Multiple Sclerosis Society's premier gala event that brings together top corporate executives, philanthropists, and community leaders to celebrate the progress we have made towards creating a world free of MS. This festive evening includes a cocktail reception, dinner and informative program as we pay tribute to the vast network of generous corporations, organizations and volunteer leaders who are dedicated to making a difference. Celebrating its 42nd anniversary, the Chicago Dinner of Champions' goal is to raise $1 million to fund promising MS research and extend vital programs and services to help people affected by MS live their best lives.


Through events like the Dinner of Champions, the National MS Society is able to continue its efforts in the fight against MS. We now know there are nearly 1 million people living with MS in the United States which is twice as many as the previously reported number. The Society addresses the challenges of each person affected by this disease by funding cutting-edge research, driving change through advocacy, collaborating with MS organizations around the world, and providing services designed to help people with MS and their families move their lives forward. Last year alone, the Society devoted over $100 million to help more than one million individuals connect to the people, information and resources they need. To move closer to a world free of MS, the Society also invested $34 million to support more than 320 new and ongoing research projects around the world.

2021 Dinner of Champions Chair: Kyle Freimuth



Kyle Freimuth serves as Market Executive, Commercial Banking at Fifth Third Bank. Kyle received his undergraduate degree from Washington University in St. Louis and his MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.  He is a past Chairman of the Board of the Jewish Community Center of Chicago and a former Board member of the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago.  Kyle currently serves as a trustee for the IL chapter of the MS society. 


Kyle lives on the North Shore with his wife, Wendy, and his two children, Ariana (17) and Zack (15).  Kyle's favorite activities are watching his children play youth sports, but he also enjoys playing golf and traveling.


"I have had relapsing remitting MS for over 5 years and have done my best to cope with the uncertainties that MS brings.  I work out 6 days a week and take daily medications to try and slow the progression of the disease until our fabulous medical community can ultimately cure MS.  It's challenging to live with a chronic condition that no one can see or relate to, but like many of you, I take it one day at a time and do the best I can to not allow it to impact my every day life.  I miss the sports that I used to participate in often and I struggle to maintain my balance, but I am fortunate that I can still do many of the things I am used to without many people noticing that I have MS."

Interested in becoming a sponsor? Please reach out to Gabriela Herr at to learn more today!

We are excited to celebrate with you at the 42nd Annual Dinner of Champions at the Four Seasons Hotel in Chicago on Thursday, September, 30th 2021. We've planned every detail of this event with the health and safety of our attendees, volunteers, and staff as our highest priority. Safety protocols are in place that follow current guidance from the CDC, as well as state, city and other local agencies. This includes mandatory face coverings, regardless of vaccination status, reduced touchpoints to minimize physical interactions, and adhering to capacity limits of the venue. Please note that plans may be altered as the event day approaches to ensure your safety. We will provide additional information as it becomes available. Please click below for more detailed information.



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National Multiple Sclerosis Society - Greater IL Market


Four Seasons Hotel Chicago, East Delaware Place, Chicago, IL, USA

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