This past weekend, the Light of Day Foundation kicked off its Winterfest concerts in Asbury Park, NJ, with proceeds benefitting Parkinson’s disease research, including the programs of PDF. Are you near New York, New Jersey or Philadelphia, PA? There’s still time to enjoy great music at the Winterfest (the concerts run until Monday, January 18), while supporting Parkinson’s research.
The concerts are in the 20th year, thanks to PDF’s longtime friend Bob Benjamin, who founded Light of Day back in 1996. Back then, shortly after Bob’s own diagnosis of young-onset PD, he threw a 40th birthday concert with friends and asked everyone to donate to PDF. He came to name the shows “Light of Day,” after Bruce Springsteen’s song of the same name, the lyrics of which reflect finding happiness through difficult circumstances.
What started as a birthday concert in Asbury Park, has now grown into an international rock tradition. In addition to Winterfest, the foundation hosts more than 35 concerts and 150 artists (including Bruce Springsteen) around the globe. These concerts have raised more than $3 million for Parkinson’s research, including PDF.
In fact, the Light of Day Foundation has been so successful that Billboard Magazine honored Bob in 2014 with its Humanitarian Award.
PDF continues to be inspired by our friend Bob and grateful for all the Light of Day Foundation has done to raise awareness and funds for the cause. In fact, as our own President Robin Elliott recently told the Asbury Park Press:
“It’s the passion of a community of people who have Parkinson’s who just benefit from the money that comes in to help the research … They’ll just love what they see in Asbury Park this weekend. It’s a magical thing.”
With each concert, Bob’s group is helping us come closer to ending Parkinson’s. And it all started with one person and a great idea.
Join Bob at Winterfest — at “Bob’s Birthday Bash,” on Saturday, January 16 in Asbury Park, NJ, or at one of their other shows — by visiting the Light of Day website at www.lightofday.org.
P.S.: Do you have a great idea like Bob did? Put your passion to work for the Parkinson’s cause by contacting our PDF Champions program. We’ll help you set up your own local fundraiser to help move the cause forward.