PDF Events

PDF Carnaval at the Copa Returns

Amy Sole and friends (Credit – Patrick McMullan)

On November 14, nearly 300 guests came together for the return of PDF’s Carnaval at the Copa at the legendary Copacabana club in New York City.  The event grossed over $62,000.  All proceeds benefit PDF’s research programs.  Guests enjoyed dinner, open bar, and music from GDO Soul, while a lucky few received salsa lessons on the dance floor.  Some competed to win exciting prizes by playing games of chance while others bid on silent auction items ranging from NY Giants box seats to a week in Phuket, Thailand.  Amy Sole, a co-chair of the event, said, “I was thrilled to help lead the PDF Carnaval at the Copa for this great cause and in memory of my father.  Thanks to everyone who joined us for such a fun event at such an iconic venue!” 

PDF thanks Board member and club co-owner Peter Dorn for generously underwriting a portion of the event; Master of Ceremonies Mike Woods of Fox 5's Good Day New York; our enthusiastic event co-chairs Bob Benjamin, Jose Cruz, Peter Dorn, Stephanie Goldman-Pittel, Sharon Klein, Amy Sole, Douglas Stern and Jeffrey Zygler; and the host committee for their hard work in making this event a success.  View photos of this event at www.pdf.org/flickr.

PDF Mourns the Loss of Board Member Daniel Gersen

Daniel and Adeline Gersen (Credit – Janet Charles)

The Parkinson’s Disease Foundation (PDF) mourns the loss of Daniel Gersen, a long-time member of the PDF family, who passed away on September 20 at the age of 94.

Mr. Gersen served as an advisor to PDF for more than 30 years, both as a Board member and as its legal counsel.  He was well known for his unwavering dedication to PDF’s programs of research, education and advocacy.

During his illustrious 70-year legal career, Mr. Gersen worked with clients in the areas of commercial litigation, labor and employment law, banking and finance, corporate law, and trusts and estates.  For many years, he was a partner in the firm Blum, Gersen and Stream.  More recently he was senior partner of Gersen, Blakeman and Ackert.

PDF Executive Director Robin Elliott noted, “We mourn the loss, and honor the memory of a devoted member and advisor of many years standing.  His erudition, curiosity and unfailing loyalty served our mission, elevated our discussions, and warmed our hearts.  To his wife Adeline and the family, we extend our personal condolences and our gratitude for the life and friendship of a wise and honorable man.”

Join the Next PD ExpertBriefing

Free interactive educational programs designed for people living with Parkinson’s, family members and health care professionals.

Driving and PD: Balancing Independence and Safety
Tuesday, January 31, 2012
1:00 PM ET – 2:00 PM ET    
Margaret O’Connor, Ph.D., A.B.P.P., and Lissa Robins Kapust, L.I.C.S.W.,
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, MA
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Community Events

April is Parkinson’s Awareness Month
Get ready to spread the word, educate yourself and support the cure this April by ordering the PDF toolkit, awareness bracelets, stickers and more!  Here are just a few events taking place in April (dates to be determined).

Celebrate Spring
Date: To Be Announced 
Place: New York, NY
Enjoy a night of cocktails and dancing with PDF’s Young New Yorkers for the Fight Against Parkinson’s and help to benefit PDF’s research programs. 
(800) 457-6676

Parkinson’s Unity Walk
Date: To Be Announced 
Place: Central Park, New York, NY
Join the community for a two-mile walk to increase awareness and raise funds for Parkinson’s disease research. 
(866) PUW-WALK

PDF's annual gala Bal du Printemps 
PDF is pleased to honor: Isobel Robins Konecky, Secretary of PDF Board of Directors, President of New Dramatists
Date: Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Place: The Pierre Hotel, New York, NY

Find more ways to get involved during Parkinson's Awareness Month: call (800) 457-6676 or visitwww.pdf.org/parkinson_awareness

Parkinson's Advocates in Research

Influence research and speed new and effective treatments for Parkinson's by joining Parkinson's Advocates in Research!

Apply to the Learning Institute – Western Region taking place in July 2012

  • Learn from experts about the science of Parkinson’s and the process that brings new treatments to market.
  • Gain leadership skills to interact with the scientific community as a PDF Research Advocate.

Application period opens in February 2012.

For more information on this and other trainings and to apply online, visit our website at www.pdf.org/crli, call (800) 457-6676 or info@pdf.org.

Applicants must reside in Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.  If selected, attendee expenses will be paid by PDF.