Georgetown MBA MS Walk Team to Step Out for a Good Cause

March 06, 2006

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Cynthia S. Shaw
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Georgetown MBA MS Walk Team to Step Out for a Good Cause

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Dreading another blustery walk through Healy Circle? Find yourself staring longingly at your spring wardrobe? Give yourself something to look forward to and sign up for the Georgetown MBA MS Walk Team's 3rd annual fundraiser this April, to benefit the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. For the first time, the walk will include teams in both Washington, DC and Manhattan.

Current McDonough School of Business students and alumni living in the DC and NYC Metro areas are invited to join their respective teams. In the district, the walk will take place on April 1st. Participants will walk 7.5 miles between Foggy Bottom and Glen Echo Park while enjoying cherry tree blossoms and the company of fellow Hoyas. Counterparts in Manhattan will trek the same distance, beginning at the South Street Seaport. Feet will hit pavement in NYC on April 23rd at 9am.

The Walk Team is requesting that each walker set an individual goal of $250, however, the minimum commitment is $100. Corporate donations will also be gratefully accepted in exchange for advertising on the back of team t-shirts. Participants interested in commemorating someone they know with MS in the t-shirt design should contact the Walk Team before March 15th. To sponsor the team, or for more information, visit www.georgetownmbamswalk.com.

Becki French (MBA'05) and former Georgetown Net Impact Vice President helped organize the inaugural walk, and has been the driving force behind adding a NYC team to facilitate alumni involvement. French said, "Net Impact's effort to promote community service is also a way for the Business School to honor the Jesuit tradition of educating the whole person. The public-service mindset is part of what makes Georgetown different. The Team is also a way to strengthen the network between current students, alumni, and faculty and to reinforce the importance of community involvement in our roles as business professionals." Both French's mother and uncle are diagnosed with MS.

In the walk's first year, the 16 DC walkers raised $5,350. The following year, the fundraiser drew 44 walkers who pooled a combined $12,310. The Walk was born out of the support of Georgetown's Net Impact chapter. Net Impact is a national network of MBAs and professionals seeking to use their skills to generate positive social change. In its brief history, the Walk Team has become one of the most successful fundraising groups in DC, and they are looking to build on their success. Organizers are hoping for over 20 participants in each city, and funds to match what they have collected in the past two years combined.

The mission of the Walk Team is to raise significant funds for MS research, provide a forum for alumni interaction while working for a good cause and highlight Georgetown's Jesuit commitment to educating the whole person. Multiple Sclerosis is believed to be an autoimmune disease affecting the central nervous system. Symptoms can include loss of muscle coordination, speech problems, and tremors. Women of north European ancestry between the ages of 20 and 50 are statistically most likely to suffer from MS. Every week nearly 200 new cases are diagnosed in the United States alone.

Those interested in participating should contact their local team captains. Email Bryant Lee (MBA'07) at bwl22@georgetown.edu for DC information, or Becki French at beckifrench26@hotmail.com in NYC.

About the Robert Emmett McDonough School of Business
Georgetown University's McDonough School of Business is a premier, distinguished business school located in the nation's capital. Founded in 1957 to educate undergraduate business students through the integration of liberal arts and professional education, the McDonough School today has approximately 1,300 undergraduates, 620 MBA students, and more than 500 participants in its executive education programs annually. For more information about the McDonough School, visit msb.georgetown.edu.

About Georgetown University
Georgetown University is the oldest Catholic and Jesuit university in America, founded in 1789 by Archbishop John Carroll. Georgetown today is a major student-centered, international, research university offering respected undergraduate, graduate and professional programs on its three campuses. For more information about Georgetown University, visit www.georgetown.edu.