Nancy Davis' Race to Erase MS Gala Taps Carolyn Rafaelian for Medal of Hope Award

Carolyn Rafaelian - H 2016
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Carolyn Rafaelian - H 2016

The Alex and Ani founder has been actively involved in fundraising for years.

Race to Erase MS has tapped Carolyn Rafaelian — founder, CEO and chief creative officer of accessories brand Alex and Ani — to receive this year's Medal of Hope Award at the 23rd annual Race to Erase MS event hosted by Nancy Davis. The event is scheduled for April 15 at the Beverly Hilton.

The honor comes after Rafaelian and her Alex and Ani company created a Cupcake Bangle exclusively for the cause in 2012. She donated 20 percent of the purchase price to the organization to the tune of $905,000, to date. Her company creates products using recycled materials and eco-conscious processes and maintains a philanthropic side, courtesy of a Charity by Design collection. Alex and Ani also participate in "Orange You Happy to Erase MS" awareness month each May. 

Davis said she's honored and proud to recognize Rafaelian and her work on behalf of the org. "Through the Cupcake Bangle, designed exclusively for Race to Erase MS, her company has been instrumental in accelerating our mission to find a cure for multiple sclerosis as well as providing inspiration and hope to so many with this disease. She is an unsung hero to so many causes around the world as she continues to fund millions of dollars towards worthy missions," she added.

Davis' legendary gala has raised $36 million for Race to Erase MS and its Center Without Walls program, a collaboration of the world’s leading MS research scientists currently representing Harvard, Yale, Cedars Sinai, University of Southern California, Oregon Health Science University, UC San Francisco and Johns Hopkins. More info can be found here.