Rebecca Surran, Emmy award-winning news anchor with News 12 Connecticut, Norwalk, has been named to host the 2012 Women Against MS luncheon, which this year features former NBC "Today Show" host Meredith Vieira and her husband, producer and author Richard Cohen, who grew up in West Hartford.

A resident of Darien, Surran hosts and co-produces "12 On The Money," a weekly business program focusing on corporate, consumer and investment issues affecting residents in Southwestern Connecticut.

In addition, Surran, who earned her bachelor's degree from the College of The Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass., and the University of Bath in Bath, England, anchors afternoon and evening newscasts.

"We are delighted to have Surran partner with us to serve as mistress of ceremonies," said Westport resident Andrea Porrino, lead WAMS committee member. "Her participation will enhance what already promises to be a tremendous event."

The 2012 WAMS Luncheon will take place at the Hyatt Regency in Old Greenwich Monday, May 21. Vieira and Cohen will serve as keynote speakers.

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They will also be recognized for their work in raising awareness about multiple sclerosis. Cohen, whose father, a West Hartford physician who battled multiple sclerosis, also has MS and is today disabled as a result of the disease.

In 2003, Cohen authored "Blindsided, A Reluctant Memoir." The book chronicles his battle with multiple sclerosis and his quest to live life as fully as possible in the face of disability.

A VIP meet-and-greet with Vieira and Cohen will be available at 11 a.m. and a lunch and program session will be held shortly after from noon to 1:30 p.m.

During the luncheon, Vieira with be awarded the Georgina B. Davids award,which is presented each year to someone living with MS or to someone who has made a difference in the lives of others battling the disease.

The event includes boutique shopping from 10 a.m. to noon and 1:30 to 3 p.m.

Guests receive an opportunity to shop among local merchants who will be displaying clothing, jewelry and more.

Tickets are limited. For more information or to register for the Women Against MS Luncheon, visit