Western & Southern and Associates Team Up to Fight Multiple Scleroris

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Western & Southern and Associates Team Up to Fight Multiple Sclerosis

Western & Southern Financial Group favors the long-term perspective in its business…and in its philanthropy. Over the past 22 years, the 126-year-old Cincinnati, Ohio-based company and its corporate foundation have contributed more than $1.2 million to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, which drives research and provides services to people affected by MS, an unpredictable, often disabling disease affecting approximately 400,000 Americans – 2.3 million worldwide.

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Western & Southern Financial Group Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer John F. Barrett and his wife, Eileen, are strong supporters of Western & Southern’s Walk MS sponsorship and the company’s entire corporate involvement program.

Western & Southern’s commitment to the fight against MS goes deeper than sharing financial resources.

  • The company has sponsored Cincinnati’s Walk MS fundraiser since 1993.
  • Western & Southern associates support Walk MS with enthusiasm. The company team, Willie’s Walkers, named for former company chairman, the late William J. Williams, had 1,228 members in 2014 and is consistently the nation’s largest.
  • A Western & Southern associate has served on the board of the local chapter for decades.
  • The company provides free printing and other in-kind assistance to the MS Society.

More than 1,200 Western & Southern associates and friends and family members joined the company’s Willie’s Walkers team for the 2014 edition of Walk MS. The team is consistently the nation’s largest.








For Western & Southern, a member of the National MS Society’s Circle of Distinction for top corporate supporters, the relationship is a cornerstone of an extensive corporate philanthropy program that distributed $8.5 million in donations and corporate sponsorships from the company, its corporate foundation, and associates in 2013. The majority of those dollars stay in Greater Cincinnati, where they strengthen the four pillars the company believes are crucial to healthy communities – quality of health care (the focus of the National MS Society donations), financial stability, educational achievement and community partnerships.                                                                                                                                                                                             

Western & Southern associates Vanessa and Mark (center) again made Walk MS a family affair by recruiting Vanessa’s daughters Somer Black (left) and Tamara Goodall (right – also a Western & Southern associate) and Tamara’s daughter, Brooklyn for the company’s Willie’s Walkers team.

Congratulations Western & Southern Financial Group!