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Parkinsonís Gala Honors Local Philanthropists, Celebrates Movement

On Tuesday, May 12, 2009, the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation (PDF) will honor outstanding figures in the Parkinson’s community at its annual gala, Bal du Printemps at the Pierre Hotel in New York City.

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Bal du Printemps annually gathers philanthropic leaders to raise funds for PDF’s research programs and to honor members of the community for their work in the fight against Parkinson’s.  At this year’s event, Evan and Sandra Stern and Family will receive the Page and William Black Humanitarian Award for their long-standing support of PDF.  The evening, themed a ‘Celebration of Movement,’ will also highlight the power of dance for people living with Parkinson’s disease.

Honoree Sandra Stern joined PDF’s Board of Directors more than a decade ago.  Her experience as a caring educator and estates advisor, along with her husband Evan’s gifts as a business strategist and counselor, have enriched PDF’s programs of research, education and public advocacy.  In addition, they and their children – Mark, Russell, Doug, Kyle, and Anna – have been generous contributors to fundraising campaigns and consistent champions of PDF’s mission to find the cause(s) of and a cure for Parkinson’s.

The awards ceremony will underscore the ‘Celebration of Movement,’ with remarks by David Leventhal, Founding Teacher of the Mark Morris Group’s Dance for Parkinson’s Program.  Now viewed as a model for the Parkinson’s community, the program explores the power of dance in alleviating the movement-related symptoms of Parkinson’s and helping people to live better with it.

Bal du Printemps will also include cocktails, dinner, dancing and a silent auction.  This year’s leadership includes Honorary Co-Chairs Page Morton Black, Amy Goldman and Judith Sulzberger, M.D.; Gala Co-Chairs Karen Burke Goulandris, M.D., Ph.D., Isobel Robins Konecky, and Arlene Levine; Dinner Co-Chairs Margo Catsimatidis and Stephanie Goldman-Pittel, and Master of Ceremonies, Len Berman.

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 Parkinson’s.

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 education programs and support services.  Since its 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: May 08 2009