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Celebrate Spring! Young New Yorkers for the Fight Against Parkinsonís and the Parkinsonís Disease Foundation

On Wednesday, April 6, 2011, the Young New Yorkers for the Fight Against Parkinson’s and the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation (PDF) hosted its fourth annual Celebrate Spring event at LAVO located at 39 East 58th Street in New York City.  Nearly 300 supporters of Young New Yorkers and the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation attended.  Proceeds from the evening will help PDF continue its vital work of funding promising scientific research. 

G. Pennington Egbert III, Georgina B. Schaeffer and Missy Egbert Sheehan were the Chairmen.  W. Alexander Budney, Jonathan E. Romero, Jr., Gregory and Barbara Romero and William B. Sheehan were the Vice Chairmen.   

The idea for Celebrate Spring was conceived by Penn, his sister Missy, and their close friend Georgina. 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 benefit began at 8 p.m. with cocktails and dancing with music provided by DJ Brenda Black.

The Parkinson’s Disease Foundation is a leading national presence in Parkinson’s disease research, education and public advocacy.  Created by William Black, the founder of Chock full o’Nuts, a successful New York coffee and restaurant business, PDF was the first national not-for-profit organization to focus on Parkinson’s disease.  PDF is working for 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 care partners through educational programs and services.  Since its founding in 1957, PDF has dedicated over $85 million to fund the research of leading scientists throughout the world and over $34 million to support national education and advocacy initiatives. 

For information on the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation, visit

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Source Date: Apr 11 2011