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PDF Raises the Stakes for Parkinson's Research

On November 11, 2009, over 300 people joined the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation (PDF) for its “Raising the Stakes” fundraiser at New York City’s Capitale.  Through a little friendly competition, this event raised both awareness of Parkinson’s and funds to support PDF’s efforts to find the causes of and a cure for the disease.

Honorary Chair Annie Duke, poker icon and runner-up on NBC’s hit show Celebrity Apprentice, started the night off with a rousing speech dedicated to the nearly one million people in the US currently living with Parkinson’s.  Guests enjoyed dancing, dinner, cocktails, casino games and prizes.  The grand prize winner of the night won a private poker lesson with Ms. Duke.  Others won luxury trips, spa packages, exciting nights on the town in New York City and much more.

PDF Executive Director Robin Anthony Elliott remarked, “PDF has been reminded time and time again by our friends, both living with Parkinson’s and the loved ones of those who live with the disease, of the urgency to raise funds for the best research and the most promising scientists.  Tonight, we ‘Raised the Stakes’ to ensure that this important work continues."

At the end of the night, Ms. Duke remarked, “I’m grateful for the opportunity to have supported a great cause through one of my passions…poker!  There is currently no cure for Parkinson’s and I am honored to be a part of the efforts that will bring us one step closer to finding it.”

PDF is grateful to the event co-chairs Jose Cruz, Peter Dorn and Doug Stern and the event host committee for their hard work in making the event a success.

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 $80 million worth of scientific research in Parkinson’s disease, supporting the work of leading scientists throughout the world.

Source Date: Nov 16 2009