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Parkinsonís Gala Honors NYC Philanthropists, Pays Tribute to the Power of Music

You’re invited to join the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation (PDF) on Wednesday, May 12, 2010 at its annual gala, Bal du Printemps at the Pierre Hotel in New York City.  Led by Page Morton Black, PDF’s Chairman, Bal du Printemps gathers philanthropic leaders to raise funds for PDF’s research programs and to pay tribute to members of the community for their work to fight Parkinson’s. 

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Bal du Printemps, which this year will honor New York City-based philanthropists John and Margo Catsimatidis and Family and the Light of Day Foundation and its Founder, Robert Benjamin – promises to be a festive celebration.  Through musical performances by three popular artists, it will pay tribute to the special significance of music as a healing and creative force for many people living with Parkinson’s.

John and Margo Catsimatidis and Family will receive the Page and William Black Family Philanthropy Award.  Mr. Catsimatidis, a highly respected businessman, serves as Chairman of The Red Apple Group in NYC. Mrs. Catsimatidis is currently President of MCV Advertising and has served on PDF’s Board of Directors for nearly a decade.  She has been particularly instrumental in the annual success of Bal du Printemps.  The Catsimatidis family has contributed generously to PDF and numerous other charities, for many years.  Their long-time involvement in PDF’s work has enriched the organization’s programs of research, education and advocacy.  Their children, John, Jr., and Andrea, have already taken active roles in continuing their parents’ philanthropic traditions.

Robert “Bob” Benjamin will be presented with the Page and William Black Humanitarian Award.  In 1996, Mr. Benjamin was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, and shortly after, created The Light of Day Foundation.  A well-connected music industry veteran, he, along with Bob and Tony Pallagrosi of Concerts East, Inc., organized the first Light of Day concert in 2000.  In the ten years since its founding, Light of Day has held concerts in eleven countries.  Artists and celebrities such as Bruce Springsteen and John Rzeznik of Goo Goo Dolls, have made appearances at Light of Day concerts.  The shows have raised $1 million to date, benefiting several Parkinson’s organizations, including PDF.

Musical performances at Bal du Printemps will include Willie Nile, Jesse Malin and Dawne Allyne.  A special display of panels from the Parkinson’s Quilt Project – designed to raise awareness for the disease – will highlight personal renditions from people with Parkinson’s about the meaning of music to theit lives (whether regarding the therapeutic effect of playing an instrument or simply the beneficial effect that listening music has on health and mood).

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 Jill Taub Drury, Stephanie Goldman-Pittel, Stevi Gurkoff, Karen Burke Goulandris, M.D., Ph.D., Isobel Robins Konecky, and Arlene Levine; Corporate Co-Chairs John K. Castle, Stephen M. Ackerman, Alan C. Greenberg and Howard Dewitt Morgan; and Master of Ceremonies, Ernie Anastos.

All proceeds from Bal du Printemps will benefit PDF's research programs. Read more about the gala or contact PDF at (800) 457-6676 or for more information.


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: May 05 2010