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Morgan Stanley financial advisor earns national recognition for philanthropy
Morgan Stanley financial advisor earns national recognition for philanthropy

ATLANTA -- Michael J. Skrynecki, certified financial planner and financial advisor with Morgan Stanley Wealth Management, won the 2014 Invest in Others Catalyst Award, one of five categories of awards presented on Sept. 18 at the eighth annual Invest in Others Community Leadership Awards dinner in New York City. Mr. Skrynecki earned the honor for his work with the Wiskott-Aldrich Foundation, which will receive a $20,000 donation from the Invest in Others Charitable Foundation.

Hundreds of nominations for the Community Leadership Awards are received each year and reviewed by a diverse panel of leaders in the financial services industry. Nominees were evaluated based on their level of involvement in an organization, personal contributions, and the impact of their efforts.

“The Invest in Others Community Leadership Awards showcases the selfless efforts of financial advisors to improve the lives of others. Under Michael Skrynecki’s leadership, the Wiskott-Aldrich Foundation has made a lasting impact on Wiskott-Aldrich patients and their families. Mr. Skrynecki and the other advisors honored this year represent the very best of the financial services industry,” said Megan McAuley, Executive Director of Invest in Others.

The Wiskott-Aldrich Foundation was established in 2010 as the result of a merger between the Wiskott-Aldrich Foundation of North Carolina and For Pete’s Sake, which Mr. Skrynecki founded in 2002. The Foundation is the only organization dedicated solely to helping thousands of families worldwide who have children with Wiskott-Aldrich Syndrome, a rare and life-threatening genetically inherited disease for which the only known cure is a risky and expensive bone marrow transplant. As Chairman of the Board, Mr. Skrynecki has personally recruited board members, volunteers and collaborators from around the world and raised the funds necessary for the foundation to provide more than $1 million in direct and indirect support to about 100 families whose children have Wiskott-Aldrich Syndrome and to launch the first Wiskott-Aldrich Syndrome research program.

“We are all blessed to work in an industry that not only affords us the opportunity to help others day in and day out, but allows us to give so much back to the various communities we serve; communities that are often times in dire need,” said Mr. Skrynecki. “What began as a small group of friends helping a family in need has grown into an organization with global reach. We’ve never lost sight that the support we provide to the families, whether it’s informational, emotional or financial, is priceless to them.”

Craig Norton, Southeast Regional Director for Morgan Stanley Wealth Management, said, “One of Morgan Stanley’s core values is ‘Giving Back,’ and no one exemplifies that value better than Michael. We thank him for his inspiring efforts, and the Invest in Others Charitable Foundation for recognizing those efforts and helping to advance them.”

Following this year’s awards dinner, Invest in Others finalists and winners visited the NASDAQ MarketSite in New York City’s Time Square on Friday, September 19. In honor of the occasion, Megan McAuley and Bill Dwyer, Chairman of the Board of Invest in Others, rang the Opening Bell.

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