The 10th Anniversary of Celebrate Spring New York took place on Wednesday, April 5, 2017 at Lavo in New York City. Hosted by the Young New Yorkers for the Fight Against Parkinson’s committee and the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation (PDF), a division of the Parkinson’s Foundation, nearly 300 supporters raised $150,000 which will benefit the Foundation’s research programs. The evening began at 8:00 PM with cocktails, hors d’oevres, a live auction and music provided by DJ Brenda Black.
Part of the proceeds raised included a $15,000 grant to the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation (PDF), a division of the Parkinson’s Foundation, presented by longtime event Co-Chair and Northwestern Mutual Financial Advisor Jonathan Romero, Jr. The grant recognizes his ten years of service as a volunteer to the Parkinson’s Foundation, including his role as co-chair of the Young New Yorkers for the Fight Against Parkinson’s committee.
G. Pennington Egbert III, Gregory and Barbara Romero, Jonathan E. Romero, Jr., and Missy Egbert Sheehan and William B. Sheehan were the Co-Chairs. W. Alexander Budney, Andrew S. Gustin, George and Peggy Hebard, Josh and Melissa Raskin, Adam and Kim Wolfberg, and Darren and Michele Wolfberg were the Vice-Chairs.
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. This core group joined together to engage the next generation of philanthropists, by creating the Young New Yorkers for the Fight Against Parkinson’s committee, a network of nearly 100 New Yorkers dedicated to advancing a cure for Parkinson’s. Each year, the committee hosts Celebrate Spring New York, which has brought countless young supporters into the fold to help fund the work of future leaders in Parkinson’s research and care.
The Parkinson’s Foundation is working toward a world without Parkinson’s disease. Formed by the merger of National Parkinson Foundation (NPF) and the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation (PDF) in August 2016, the mission of the Parkinson’s Foundation is to invest in promising scientific research that will end Parkinson’s disease and improve the lives of people with Parkinson’s and their families, through improved treatments, support and the best care.
For more information on the Parkinson’s Foundation, call (800) 457-6676 or visit www.pdf.org.