Last Wednesday over 300 supporters of the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation and Young New Yorkers raised more than $90,000 at the 7th annual Celebrate Spring New York Fete at LAVO. Proceeds from the evening will benefit PDF’s Côté Clinical Genetics Initiative, which supports research to identify and understand the role of genetic markers in Parkinson’s disease.
Celebrate Spring New York was founded by G. Pennington Egbert III, his sister Missy Egbert Sheehan and their close friend Georgina B. Schaeffer whose fathers both lived with Parkinson’s disease. They joined together to create the Young New Yorkers for the Fight Against Parkinson’s committee, a group of nearly 100 New Yorkers dedicated to advancing a cure for Parkinson’s. Each year the committee hosts Celebrate Spring New York, which has raised nearly $600,000 since its inception.
The event began at 8:00 PM with cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and dancing with music provided by DJ Brenda Black. The Parkinson’s Disease Foundation supports research and ideas that will improve the lives and futures of people touched by Parkinson’s. Created by William Black, the founder 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. Since its founding in 1957, 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, call (800) 457-6676 or visit www.pdf.org/csny.