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PDF Spring Gala to Honor Premier Parkinson's Scientist and Physician

On Wednesday, May 17, hundreds of friends and supporters will gather at The Pierre in New York City for PDF's annual black tie gala, Bal du Printemps. The event serves as both a fundraiser to support PDF research programs and an opportunity to honor outstanding members of the community for their work in the fight against Parkinson's. The evening will include cocktails, dinner, dancing and a silent auction.

This year, guests will arrive at The Pierre on Manhattan's Upper East Side to join PDF in honoring Stanley Fahn, M.D., premier Parkinson's scientist, with the Page and William Black Humanitarian Award. Dr. Fahn has served the Parkinson's community for more than three decades as Chief of Movement Disorders at Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC). Dr. Fahn is the H. Houston Merritt Professor of Neurology and Director of CUMC's Center for Parkinson's Disease and Other Movement Disorders. In addition to publishing ground-breaking PD research (such as a recent landmark study showing that levodopa does not hasten the clinical progression of Parkinson's and may actually slow it down), he sees a full schedule of patients, runs conferences, participates in dozens of scientific panels and supervises a group of talented post-doctoral fellows, the future leaders of his field. Dr. Fahn also serves as PDF's Scientific Director, playing an integral role in shaping PDF's research and education programs.

PDF is delighted to announce that the event will also honor Lukas Foss, world-renowned composer, conductor, pianist and educator. Mr. Foss is Music Director of the Brooklyn Philharmonic, the Buffalo Philharmonic and the Milwaukee Symphony. He is highly regarded as an educator, having taught at the most prestigious music schools in the country.

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 or email