Weight Watchers exec to receive ‘Legacy of Hope’ award

Florine Mark, president and chief executive officer of Farmington Hills-based Weight Watchers Group, will receive the Legacy of Hope Award during the ALS Association Michigan Chapter’s third annual Legacy of Hope Awards Gala, held April 14 at the Detroit Athletic Club.

Florine Mark
Florine Mark (contributed photo)

The event begins at 6 p.m. and includes dinner, entertainment and an auction. WXYZ-TV’s chief health editor, Dr. Partha Nandi, will serve as the master of ceremony.

“I am so excited to be a part of this wonderful event that will raise funds and awareness for this dreadful disease,” stated award recipient Mark. “ALS affects the lives of so many people, and my hope is that one day we will find a way to eliminate it for good.”

ALS is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. Eventually, people with ALS lose the ability to initiate and control muscle movement, which often leads to total paralysis and death within two to five years of diagnosis. For unknown reasons, veterans are twice as likely to develop ALS as the general population. There is no cure, and only one drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration modestly extends survival.

The ALS Association Michigan Chapter will also honor Robert W. Considine, a successful businessman and philanthropist from northern Michigan. The Trout Lake resident served in the Navy before building both a successful robotics company and automotive supply corporation. A philanthropist, he also is founder of the RW Considine Foundation.

“I am committed to the fight against ALS and feel humbled to be honored at the Legacy of Hope Gala,” said Considine. “ALS took center stage during the Ice Bucket Challenge and the momentum needs to continue if we are ever going to eradicate this awful disease so that no one else has to suffer its devastating consequences.”

The Legacy of Hope Award is so named because through the efforts, lives and commitment of many ALS patients, neurologists, researchers, and donors, we stand closer to a cure and the continuation of supportive treatment until a cure is found.

Individual event tickets are on sale for $150 per person. Event table sponsorships are $2,000. Tickets can be purchased online at alsa-michigan.org.