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Tenth Annual Music for Parkinsonís Concert, Raises $40,000 for Research

Westchester County is tuned in to making a difference in the fight against Parkinson's disease, raising $40,000, through the Tenth Annual Music for Parkinson's concert on December 9 held at the Rye Country Day School in Rye, NY. With donations still coming in, more than 150 guests helped raise funds to benefit the research programs of the Parkinson's Disease Foundation (PDF).

"Not only have your generous donations funded critical Parkinson's research, but more importantly they have created hope amongst people touched by Parkinson's. I want to thank you for transforming this annual concert into a wonderful community event where old friends reunite and new friends can go home with memories of more than sublime music," said Co-founder David Eger, Ph.D., of White Plains.

The event continued its warm tradition of bringing together its dedicated team of organizers, family, friends and local musicians to shine a spotlight on the Parkinson's cause. The chamber music concert featured performances by several well-known musicians including pianist Gena Raps, up-and-coming performing ensemble, the Attacca Quartet and clarinetist John Stine, who is also one of the event's co-founders.

This year's event honored Dr. Eger, who is a co-founder of Music for Parkinson's along with Mr. Stine, of Chappaqua, and the late Marsha Winokur. PDF presented Dr. Eger with a citation to recognize his role in helping the concerts to raise $450,000 for Parkinson's research since their inception. Dr. Eger is one of the nearly one million Americans living with Parkinson's, a disease for which there is no cure.

"PDF's Board of Directors, staff and volunteers express their gratitude to David, whose devotion of time and talent, generosity of spirit and gentleness of manner have inspired his community and challenged it to greater visions," noted PDF Executive Director Robin Elliot.

For more information or to donate, contact PDF at (800) 457-6676, or

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 $96 million to fund the work of leading scientists throughout the world and over $40 million to support national education and advocacy programs.

About Music for Parkinson's Research
Music for Parkinson's Research (MPR) was founded in 2003 by Dr. Eger, John Stine and the late Marsha Winokur. The trio established the annual chamber music concerts with the mission of raising funds to support Parkinson's disease research. To date, MPR has raised over $400,000.


Source Date: Dec 13 2012