CALABASAS HILLS, Calif., Sept. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- Booz Allen Hamilton, a leading business strategy and technology consulting firm, is the recipient of The ALS Association's inaugural Partnership for Success Award for the firm's longtime support and involvement in the fight against Lou Gehrig's Disease.
The award, which recognizes a corporate partner for supporting and advancing the mission and vision of The Association, was presented in Leesbury, Va., on September 14 during a Booz Allen Hamilton employee golf tournament that benefitted the DC/MD/VA Chapter of The Association.
"Receiving this award in recognition of the support that Booz Allen employees have provided to The ALS Association is a great honor for our firm," said Ken Wiegand, a partner at Booz Allen Hamilton and a member of The Association National Board of Trustees. "We are proud of our work and the efforts our employees have made to help improve the lives of people living with ALS."
A partner of The Association since 2000 after one of its employees, Craig Miller, was diagnosed with the progressive, neurodegenerative disease ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis), Booz Allen Hamilton was selected as the first recipient of the award for its work in several areas that have strengthened the organization's service to the ALS community.
Topping the list of reasons was the extensive, groundbreaking pro bono work Booz Allen Hamilton performed in raising the stature of The Association's national signature fundraising event, the Walk to Defeat ALS(R), and transforming it into a model of success that has widespread effectiveness in the effort to fund care for people with ALS and for research. Booz Allen Hamilton is a national sponsor of the Walk to Defeat ALS.
"As the chief architect of the Walk to Defeat ALS, Booz Allen Hamilton has strengthened the ability of The Association to continue caring for people with ALS and their families, and to fund global, cutting-edge research that is aggressively searching for new treatments and a cure," said Jane H. Gilbert, president and CEO of The Association.
Established in 2000, the Walk to Defeat ALS has evolved into an annual $18 million enterprise that continues to grow. More than 150,000 people participate in the event, which is held by The Association's national network of chapters in 150 cities.
"Booz Allen Hamilton set the stage for The Association's Walk to Defeat ALS to become one of the most recognizable and successful fundraising events in the nation and for that we will forever be grateful," Gilbert continued.
In addition to creating the successful infrastructure of the Walk to Defeat ALS, Booz Allen Hamilton designed the Walk to Defeat ALS logo, developed and printed Walk to Defeat ALS materials and provided funding for the training of chapters on how to sign up Walk to Defeat ALS participants on the Internet. The company also has made other generous financial contributions.
"The Walk to Defeat ALS quickly evolved into one of the premiere fundraising events in this nation as a result of Booz Allen Hamilton," Gilbert added. "They took a fledgling concept and built it into a brand."
In addition to its work on the Walk to Defeat ALS, Booz Allen Hamilton reviewed The Association's technology infrastructure in 2007 and provided recommendations for its current and future direction. The company also recently completed an extensive pro bono organizational assessment of The Association.
"Booz Allen employees have supported The ALS Association in a variety of ways over the past 10 years ranging from individuals raising funds for local Walks to Defeat ALS across the country to a pro bono organizational assessment for the national ALS Association," said Joe Suarez, community relations director for Booz Allen Hamilton. "Our relationship with the ALS Association has been one of the firm's successful nonprofit partnerships in that it provides our employees with diverse and meaningful opportunities to give back to the communities in which we live and work."
The information compiled for the organizational assessment resulted in the adoption of a new strategic plan, a blueprint for the future that strengthens every aspect of the organization.
"We are very grateful for the time and commitment Booz Allen Hamilton has dedicated to The ALS Association to help position us to achieve our ambitious vision in the coming years," said Allen L. Finkelstein, chairman of The Association's National Board of Trustees. "We are truly partners in success."
The DC/MD/VA Chapter is among the many ALS Association chapters that have flourished financially as a result of the involvement of Booz Allen Hamilton.
"Through financial, in-kind and employee support, Booz Allen Hamilton has helped our chapter grow from a $25,000 per year organization to one with an annual budget of more than $2 million," said Ken Nicholls, executive director of the DC/MD/VA Chapter of The Association.
A common refrain heard from chapters is the reliability, accessibility and creativity of Booz Allen Hamilton.
"We have always been able to count on Booz Allen Hamilton for support and participation in the Denver Walk to Defeat ALS, even before the local office had a direct connection to the disease," said Pam Rush-Negri, executive director of the Rocky Mountain Chapter.
The ALS Association is the only non-profit organization fighting Lou Gehrig's Disease on every front. By leading the way in global research, providing assistance for people with ALS through a nationwide network of chapters, coordinating multidisciplinary care through certified clinical care centers and fostering government partnerships, The Association builds hope and enhances quality of life while aggressively searching for new treatments and a cure.
The mission of The ALS Association is "to lead the fight to cure and treat ALS through global, cutting edge research, and to empower people with Lou Gehrig's Disease and their families to live fuller lives by providing them with compassionate care and support."
The vision of The ALS Association is "in the quest to create a world without ALS, our vision is to care for and support all people living with Lou Gehrig's Disease as we leave no stone unturned in our relentless search for a cure."
For more information about The ALS Association, visit the organization's Web site at www.alsa.org or call (800) 782-4747.
SOURCE The ALS Association