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Spring Gala to Commemorate PDF’s 50th Anniversary Year

On Wednesday, May 16, hundreds of friends and supporters will gather at The Pierre in New York City for PDF’s annual black tie gala, Bal du Printemps. This year’s event presents the opportunity to commemorate PDF’s 50th year, while raising funds to support PDF’s research programs and honoring outstanding members of the community for their work in the fight against Parkinson’s disease. Hosted by Dinner Chairman Howard DeWitt Morgan, of Castle Harlan, Inc., a private equity investment firm, the evening will include cocktails, dinner, dancing and a silent auction.

This year, guests will join PDF in honoring the Lillian and Sol Goldman family, long-time supporters of our research programs. PDF will present the Goldman family with the Page and William Black Humanitarian Award for their philanthropic efforts on PDF’s behalf. Since the passing of Lillian and Sol Goldman, their children, Jane, Diane, Amy and Allan have continued to carry the torch by remaining active with PDF through the Goldman family’s foundations. PDF considered it particularly appropriate to honor the Goldman family this year, as we commemorate 50 years of serving the Parkinson’s community and funding the best research that could only be made possible with the help of generous supporters like the Goldmans.

Join PDF for this exciting night of philanthropy and science. For additional information on Bal du Printemps, or to make a reservation to attend, call event organizer Carla Capone at (212) 213-1166, email her at or visit

Fifth Annual “Race for the Brain” Raises Funds and Awareness for Parkinson’s

Last October 21, several dozen people gathered on a crisp and clear day in Westport, CT’s Sherwood Island State Park to tackle a 3.1 mile course for the Fifth Annual Cursus Cerebro (“Race for the Brain”). The annual awareness event and fundraiser was founded in 2002 by Sean Stewart, then a high school student, in honor of his father, John Stewart, who has Parkinson’s disease.

This year, Sean’s younger sister Keara took the reins and raised more than $12,000 to benefit PDF’s research programs. “Next year we hope to have a bigger group and to make it more of a celebration of the community spirit needed to support research for a cure,” Keara said. “It is so important to remember the connection between different neurological disorders. The more we learn about one, the closer we are to finding a cure for them all.”

PDF sincerely thanks Keara, and the entire Stewart family, for their dedication to finding a cure for Parkinson’s disease.