PDF and Young New Yorkers Raise $100,000 at Celebrate Spring
- Apr 05 2012
On April 4, 2012, the Young New Yorkers for the Fight Against Parkinson’s committee and the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation (PDF) hosted its fifth annual Celebrate Spring event at LAVO located at 39 East 58th Street in New York City. Over 350 supporters of the Young New Yorkers and the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation attended the event, which raised $100,000. Proceeds from the evening will benefit PDF’s Côté Clinical Genetics Initiative, which supports research to identify and understand the role of genetic markers in Parkinson’s disease.
G. Pennington Egbert III, Gregory and Barbara Romero, Jonathan E. Romero, Jr., Georgina B. Schaeffer, Missy Egbert Sheehan and William B. Sheehan were the Co-Chairs.
Celebrate Spring was first conceived five years ago by G. Pennington Egbert III, his sister Missy 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. Each year the committee hosts Celebrate Spring, which has raised $400,000 since its inception.
The event began at 8 PM with cocktails and dancing with music provided by DJ Brenda Black.
The Parkinson’s Disease Foundation supports research and ideas that will improve the lives and futures of people touched by Parkinson’s. 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. Since its founding in 1957, PDF has invested $90 million in the research of leading scientists around the world and has committed an additional $37 million to support education and advocacy programs.