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Bal du Printemps Honors Supporters, Raises $675,000 for Research

On May 16, more than 300 supporters gathered in support of the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation (PDF) as it held its Bal du Printemps Gala at The Plaza Hotel in New York City. Willie Geist, co-anchor of NBC News’ “Today” and co-host of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe”, was the Master of Ceremonies for the evening. The evening raised $675,000 to benefit PDF’s research programs.

Arlene and Jerome Levine received the Page and William Black Humanitarian Award for their ongoing support and commitment to Parkinson’s research. The Parkinson’s Disease Foundation 2013 Commendation of Excellence Award was presented to LVMH Moët Hennessy - Louis Vuitton for their commitment to protecting the environment, nurturing culture and heritage and supporting humanitarian action and education. Elisabeth Desvignes, SVP of Finance at LVMH, accepted the award on behalf of the company.

Page Morton Black and Cynthia Zirinsky were the Honorary Chairmen. Margo Catsimatidis, Jill Taub Drury, Stephanie Goldman-Pittel, Karen Burke Goulandris, M.D., Ph.D., and Stevi Gurkoff were the Gala Co-Chairs.

The black tie optional evening began with a cocktail reception at 6:30 PM followed by dinner and dancing at 7:30 PM.

Every year, philanthropic leaders join together at Bal du Printemps to help raise funds to support PDF’s research programs as well as to honor outstanding members of the community for their work against Parkinson’s. This event has been cultivated over the years by Page Morton Black, Chairman Emeritus of the PDF Board and wife of the late William Black, founder of Chock full o’Nuts, a successful New York coffee and restaurant business, and creator of PDF.

The Parkinson’s Disease Foundation supports research and ideas that will improve the lives and futures of people touched by Parkinson’s. PDF was the first national not-for-profit organization to focus on Parkinson’s disease. Since its founding in 1957, PDF has invested $96 million in the research of leading scientists around the world and has committed an additional $40 million to support education and advocacy programs.

For information on the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation, please visit

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Source Date: May 21 2013