In the three months since our last issue of News & Review, many community members have inspired us with their stories of making a difference in the fight against Parkinson’s. Here are just a few:
New York Supporters Brighten Up Winter with CARNAVAL
On January 30, PDF supporters gathered for CARNAVAL at Slate in New York City. The event honored Peter Dorn (center, photo one), a PDF Board Member and CARNAVAL co-creator, who celebrated with Debbie and Allan Janoff. Zac Stern (left, photo two) joined with his father and event Co-Chair Doug. Committee member Marisa Silber and family (photo three) enjoyed games of chance. Co-Chairs Amy Sole and Sharon Klein (photo four) struck a pose, while their fellow Co-Chair and PDF Board Member Stephanie Goldman-Pittell(left, photo five) joined with her children Justin and Samantha. The evening raised $40,000 for PDF's research programs.
PDF Champions Host High Tea and Use Creativity for Good
PDF Champions are the individuals raising awareness and funds for Parkinson’s in their local communities. On January 9, Anna Rinaldo and Vintage Tea Party Fine China Rentals (photo one) held a High Tea Fundraiser for Parkinson's Disease in Aurora, Ontario, Canada. During the months of December and January, Margaux Minutolo (photo two) founder of Karma for a CureTM, donated five percent of profits from the sale of her Parkinson’s-related t-shirt, “Mind Over Matter,” to PDF. On December 9, Music for Parkinson’s Research and David Eger, Ph.D., welcomed 150 guests at the Tenth Annual Music for Parkinson’s Concert in Rye, NY. PDF Executive Director Robin Elliott honored Dr. Eger (photo three) for his role in helping the concerts to raise $450,000. The event featured the Attacca Quartet (photo four).
PPAC Makes an Impact in NYC, Online and Around the US
Members of PDF’s People with Parkinson’s Advisory Council (PPAC) had a busy season. During a December meeting at PDF’s offices in New York, Tom Palizzi, Fred Woodlief, D.D.S., Linda Morgan, M.B.A., R.Ph., Nan Little, Ph.D., Marc Sherman J.D., and Eric Hellinger, (left to right, photo one), took in the sights of Times Square. In January, Peggy Willocks (photo two) made a video answering “What is PPAC?” available on PDF’s YouTube channel. On November 10, Tom (photo three) hosted a PDF table at the Davis Phinney Victory Summit in Denver, CO. In February, Maria De Leon, M.D., (photo four) sparked a discussion online about the impact of PD on women. Marc, Linda, Nan, Maria, Tom, Claire Berman, Fred, Peggy, Karen and Eric (photo five) said “thank you” to PDF’s donors for their contributions in 2012.