Cleveland -- The 17th annual Kym Sellers Foundation benefit gala for Multiple Sclerosis was a success.

It was an evening of elegance and fun Sept. 10 as the foundation celebrated its 17th year by hosting more than 250 guests at the InterContinental Hotel & Conference Center in Cleveland.

"We are thankful to everyone who helped to make this year's gala a success," said Aurora resident Kym Sellers, president of the foundation. "We will continue to host events that bring awareness to this debilitating disease."

PNC Bank was the presenting sponsor and Michael Taylor, senior vice President of PNC, stressed the importance of community wellness and involvement.

"PNC Bank has been a strong supporter of the foundation", said Dr. Robert F. Richardson, president of the medical staff at St. Vincent Charity Hospital. "We are thankful to all of our sponsors."

Guests were greeted by Sellers at a reception while enjoying music by flautist Herbert Wilborn Jr. Guests also had the opportunity to bid on more than 35 live and silent auction items, enter a raffle, take commemorative photos, get a caricature drawing and enjoy an array of hors d'oeuvres.

As guests enjoyed the buffet stations, remarks were made by Raymond Attwell, KSF board chairman and Stephanie Turner.

Sellers gave the audience, including three tables of Walden residents, a heart wrenching testimony about living with Multiple Sclerosis, which was then followed by a video where others gave insight into their lives and being overcomers.

Master of ceremonies was Ahmaad Crump, public address announcer for the Cleveland Cavaliers and air personality for WZAK, and Grammy and Tony Awards winner Jennifer Holliday shared her own personal battle with MS.

After being diagnosed with MS in 1992, Sellers has been a source of strength and support for individuals diagnosed with MS in the Greater Cleveland/Akron area.

It is estimated that more than 400,000 people in the United States and about 2.5 million people around the world have MS.

"I will remain optimistic and keep fighting until a cure for MS has been found," said Sellers.