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Parkinsonís Disease Foundation and Young New Yorkers Celebrate Spring on April 23rd

On Thursday, April 23, 2009, the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation (PDF) and the Young New Yorkers for the Fight Against Parkinson’s will host the second annual Celebrate Spring! benefit to raise funds for Parkinson’s research.  The event will be held at Hudson Terrace and includes cocktails and dancing.

Reserve your spot for Celebrate Spring! now!

The idea for the event was initially conceived by G. Pennington Egbert III, his sister Melissa Egbert Sheehan and their close friend Georgina B. Schaeffer.  The three, whose fathers both lived with Parkinson’s disease, joined together to create the Young New Yorkers for the Fight Against Parkinson’s committee – a group of nearly 100 New Yorkers dedicated to advancing a cure for Parkinson’s.  The group hit the ground running last year with the first Celebrate Spring! benefit.  “The experience of having a loved one with Parkinson’s is what brought our group together and Celebrate Spring! makes us realize just how many lives are touched by this disease,” noted Mr. Egbert.

PDF’s Executive Director, Robin Elliott, noted, “PDF is thrilled that the Young New Yorkers for the Fight Against Parkinson’s Disease are dedicated to fighting Parkinson’s.  It is encouraging to see that in tough economic times, people are still enthusiastic about supporting a worthy cause.  We’re pleased to announce that all funds raised from this event will be directed to PDF’s research programs.”

Hudson Terrace is located at West 46th Street between 11th and 12th Avenues.  Doors open at 8 PM. Tickets are $150 in advance and $160 at the door.  To purchase tickets or to learn more, call (800) 457-6676 or visit  

This event is made possible by our generous sponsors: Samuel Adams, Zipang Sparkling Sake, Tommy Bahama® Ultra Premium Rum, Danny Devito’s Premium Limoncello, The Macallan Highland Single Malt Scotch Whiskey, and Alice White Wines.

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 $75 million worth of scientific research in Parkinson’s disease, supporting the work of leading scientists throughout the world.


Source Date: Apr 21 2009