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PDF Hosts CARNAVAL, Festive Evening Raises $40,000 for Parkinson's Research

The Parkinson’s Disease Foundation (PDF) held its annual CARNAVAL on January 30, 2013 at SLATE located at 54 West 21st Street in New York City.  The evening began at 6:30 PM and featured live entertainment by DJ Brenda Black, Samba dancing, games of chance, raffles, premium open bar and a buffet dinner.  More than 200 supporters attended this festive evening, which raised $40,000 to benefit PDF’s research programs. 

The event honored Peter Dorn, longtime member of PDF's Board of Directors, co-owner of the Copacabana Club and one of the creators of CARNAVAL.  Stephanie Goldman-Pittel, Sharon Klein, Amy Sole, Douglas Stern and Jeffrey Zygler were CARNAVAL Co-Chairs.  Roy Alcalay, M.D., Melissa Barry, Kelly Bresnahan, Caitlin Carey, Randy Colahan, Christine Colón, M.S., Megan Costello, Jaina Dambra, Rob Dickar, Robin Elliott, Genna Farber, Jason Grunberg, Paddi Hurley, Sarah Janicki, Angela Latigona, Arlene Levine, Laureen Lipsky, Jorge Lizarralde, Mary Looram, Carly Masucci, Nancy Ozelli, Eddie Pelto, Lisa Scudera, Scott Shushansky, Marisa Silber, Louis Vitale, Dan Volpe, Linda Yang and Robert Yang were the Host Committee.

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 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.

PDF thanks its in-kind contributors, including Amtrak, Divi Resorts and Oheka Castle, for their support of CARNAVAL.

For additional information on the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation and to view event photos, please visit or contact or (800) 457-6676.


Source Date: Feb 02 2013