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Music Industry Veteranís Charitable Foundation Challenges Community to Raise $100,000 for Parkinsonís Disease Foundation by June 30

The charitable Light of Day Foundation founded by Highland Park, NJ, resident and music industry veteran Bob Benjamin, will donate up to $100,000 to the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation® (PDF®), if the public can raise the same amount by Saturday, June 30.  Mr. Benjamin’s organization, known as the Light of Day Foundation, will match all donations made to PDF up to $100,000 to spur philanthropy for research to improve the lives and futures of people touched by Parkinson’s.

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Mr. Benjamin was diagnosed with young onset Parkinson’s in 1996 at the age of 38.  Soon after, he founded the Light of Day Foundation to fund research into the disease, for which there is no cure.  The Foundation’s annual rock-and-roll concerts, which have featured dozens of well-known artists, have since raised more than $1 million to support Parkinson’s organizations, including PDF.  In 2010, PDF recognized this impact by honoring Mr. Benjamin and the Light of Day Foundation with its Page and William Black Humanitarian Award.

Mr. Benjamin and his colleagues at the Light of Day Foundation were inspired to partner with PDF on the $100,000 challenge after supporting another donor’s similar effort in 2011.  He said, “We saw how this type of challenge could spark action from others.  It allows us to ask our families, friends and neighbors to help us in moving Parkinson’s research forward now, not later, for the benefit of nearly one million people across the country living with the disease.  It is exciting to see people step up to the challenge.”

Robin Elliott, Executive Director of PDF, added, “We are grateful to Mr. Benjamin and the Light of Day Foundation for their magical ability to inspire others to join the cause, whether through their successful concerts or through this fundraising challenge.  These efforts – and the support of the public by Saturday, June 30 – will help PDF work to improve the lives and futures of those touched by Parkinson’s.”

As of June 14, Mr. Benjamin’s challenge had reached $68,000.  PDF has two weeks to raise an additional $32,000.

To donate to the Light of Day Foundation Challenge, contact the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation by calling (800) 457-6676, emailing, or visiting  All funds will support PDF’s research programs.

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
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 who live with Parkinson’s by funding promising scientific research while supporting people living with Parkinson’s through educational programs and services. Since its founding in 1957, PDF has dedicated over $90 million to fund the work of leading scientists throughout the world and over $37 million to support national education and advocacy programs.

About The Light Of Day Foundation
Light of Day Foundation, Inc.'s mission is to fund research into possible cures, improved treatments and support for patients who suffer with Parkinson's disease (PD) and related illnesses, their families and their caregivers to help improve their quality of life.


Source Date: Jun 14 2012