The Parkinson’s Foundation 2018 Gala

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The Parkinson’s Foundation 2018 Gala was held at Cipriani 25 Broadway in New York City on Tuesday, May 8, 2018. Willie Geist, Host of NBC News’ “Sunday TODAY with Willie Geist” and Co-Host of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe”, served as the Master of Ceremonies.  280 supporters were in attendance and the evening raised $750,000 to benefit the Parkinson’s Foundation, a national organization working towards a cure for Parkinson’s disease.

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The Gala honored Parkinson’s Foundation Board Member, Richard D. Field, retired Senior Executive of BNY Mellon and MasterCard, Founding Director of Lending Tree, financial services industry leader, and Parkinson’s advocate.

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Guests enjoyed a musical performance by a special cabaret performance by Bob Hardwick and Broadway Cast.

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Karen Elizabeth Burke, M.D., Ph.D.Kate and Read Coughlin, Ian and Melissa Cutler, Peter and Whitney Cutler, Jill Taub Drury, Dickie and Beth Field, Jim and Janet Field, Sky Field, Stephanie GoldmanIsobel Robins KoneckyArlene Levine, and Devon Pastor were the Gala Co-Chairs.

About the Parkinson’s Foundation 
The Parkinson’s Foundation makes life better for people with Parkinson’s disease by improving care and advancing research toward a cure. In everything we do, we build on the energy, experience and passion of our global Parkinson’s community. For more information, visit www.parkinson.org or call (800) 4PD-INFO (473-4636).

About Parkinson’s Disease 
Affecting an estimated one million Americans and 10 million worldwide, Parkinson’s disease is the second-most common neurodegenerative disease after Alzheimer’s and is the 14th-leading cause of death in the United States. It is associated with a progressive loss of motor control (e.g., shaking or tremor at rest and lack of facial expression), as well as non-motor symptoms (e.g., depression and anxiety). There is no cure for Parkinson’s and 60,000 new cases are diagnosed each year in the United States alone.

Article by Jason Gao

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