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Young New Yorkers Lead April 3rd Benefit for Parkinsonís Disease Foundation

On Thursday, April 3, 2008, the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation (PDF) will host its first Celebrate Spring! benefit at Cipriani 23rd Street to raise funds for Parkinson’s research. The evening will include cocktails and dancing. It will be immediately followed by an after party at the Marquee Night Club.

The event was created through the efforts of G. Pennington Egbert III, Georgina B. Schaeffer, and Melissa Egbert Sheehan. Pennington and Melissa met Georgina through mutual friends and soon discovered that they shared an important personal experience. Both of their fathers had suffered from Parkinson’s disease (PD) and had been treated by Lucien Côté, M.D., a renowned Parkinson’s clinician. Mr. Bayard G. Schaeffer and Mr. George P. Egbert, Jr. both passed away from complications of the disease.

Knowing that there is still no cure for Parkinson’s, Pennington, Melissa and Georgina joined together to help advance research. The trio went on to form Young New Yorkers for the Fight Against Parkinson’s Disease, a group of nearly 100 members, many of whom have also had family members and friends touched by the disease. The group is kicking off their creation with the Celebrate Spring! benefit.

PDF’s Executive Director, Robin Elliott, noted, “PDF is thrilled that our new committee is dedicated to fighting Parkinson’s by engaging their fellow young New Yorkers in the cause and raising money for research. We are pleased to announce that all funds raised from this event will be directed to PDF’s research program and, in particular, toward two projects identified by Dr. Lucien Côté, a valued and long-time friend of PDF.”

Cipriani 23rd Street is located at 23rd Street and 5th Avenue. Doors open at 9 PM. Tickets are $150 in advance and $160 at the door. To purchase tickets click here or call (800) 457-6676.

This event is made possible by our generous sponsors: Pallini Limoncello, Goslings Rum, Boru Vodka and Marquee Night Club.

About Parkinson’s Disease

Parkinson’s disease is a progressive neurological disorder that affects nearly one million people in the US. Although promising research is being conducted, there is currently no cure for or definitive cause of Parkinson’s disease.

About the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation (PDF)

The Parkinson's Disease Foundation (PDF) is a leading national presence in Parkinson's disease research, education and public advocacy. We are working for the nearly one million people in the US living with Parkinson’s by funding promising scientific research and supporting people with Parkinson’s, their families and caregivers through educational programs and support services. Since our founding in 1957, PDF has funded over $70 million worth of scientific research in Parkinson’s disease, supporting the work of leading scientists throughout the world.

Source Date: Mar 26 2008