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Four individuals who have contributed to their communities and to those living with multiple sclerosis will be honored at the Western New York/Northwestern Pennsylvania Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society's 26th annual Dinner of Champions at 6 p.m. Thursday in Adam's Mark Hotel.

Larry Montani and Kelly Brannen, co-managing directors of Niacet Corp., Niagara Falls, are chairmen of the event. Jacquie Walker of WIVB-TV News 4 will be master of ceremonies. The honorees are James V. Glynn, Paul W. Joy, Richard Carrara and Lorraine Johnson.

Glynn, chairman of Maid of the Mist Corp., and Joy, trustee of the Joy Family Foundation, will be co-recipients of the Dr. Lawrence Jacobs Award for their efforts and contributions to make the community a better place in which to live. They recently were partners as major supporters of Center for Joy and the Francis Center, both after-school programs, and Heart and Soul food pantry and dining facility, all in Niagara Falls.

Glynn, chairman emeritus of Niagara University Board of Trustees, is a member of the Diocese of Buffalo Bishop's Council for the Laity and a trustee of Catholic Charities of Buffalo Foundation. He is an advisory board member of USA Niagara Development Corp. and serves on several M&T Bank committees.

The Joy Family Foundation was formed by Joy and his late wife Joan in 1990. He is vice chairman of Outokumpo American Brass, president of the Carborundum Co. and executive vice president of Kennecott Copper Co. He is a trustee of Mount St. Mary Hospital and Niagara University and serves on the board of Computer Task Group and CPC International.

The Stephen H. Kelly Award, given to those who help to improve the lives of those with multiple sclerosis, will be presented to Richard Carrara, president and owner of Amthor Steel, Erie, Pa. He was inducted into the National Multiple Sclerosis Society's Volunteer Hall of Fame in 2002 for fund raising. Carrara has friends affected by multiple sclerosis and supports many of the local chapter's campaigns. He also owns Serafini's Italian Restaurant, Presque Isle Inns, Carrara Steel and Carrara Steel Erectors, Erie.

Lorraine Johnson, co-manager of Season Ticket Restaurant in Chautauqua Institution, will receive the Anne L. Shuell Award, given to an individual with multiple sclerosis. She is involved especially in the chapter's coed weekend and women's weekend programs.

Western New York has the second highest prevalence rate in the United States with nearly 3,300 individuals with the disease. Approximately 400,000 nationally have the disease, and every week about 200 are diagnosed with it.

Proceeds from the dinner will be used for national research and local programming, such as respite weekends, support groups, a lending library, individual and family counseling and a medical equipment loan program. Tickets are $200 each and corporate tables are available. For more information on the dinner and the chapter's programs and services, call 634-2261 or (800) FIGHTMS.