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Bal du Printemps Honors Nationally Revered Parkinsonís Doctor

Nearly 300 supporters gathered in support of the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation (PDF) as it held its annual Bal du Printemps Gala at The Plaza Hotel in New York City on Wednesday, May 14, 2014. Willie Geist, co-anchor of NBC News’ “Today” and co-host of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” was the Master of Ceremonies for the evening.

Lucien J. Côté, M.D., Professor of Neurology at Columbia University Medical Center received the Lifetime Achievement Award. Margo Catsimatidis, Jill Taub Drury, Cornelia Foss, Stephanie Goldman-Pittel, Karen Burke Goulandris, M.D., Ph.D., Isobel Robins Konecky and Arlene Levine 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.

The Parkinson’s Disease Foundation supports research and ideas that will improve the lives and futures of people touched by Parkinson’s. Founded in 1957 by William Black, creator 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. His widow Page Morton Black served as PDF’s Chairman for than 20 years. Since its founding, PDF has invested $100 million in the research of leading scientists around the world and has committed an additional $42 million to support education and advocacy programs.

For more information on the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation, please call (800) 457-6676 or visit

Source Date: May 19 2014