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New York City Rhythm and Blues Concert: PDF Champions

This past Friday, June 29, I had the pleasure of attending a PDF Champions Summer Show hosted by the State Employees Federated Appeal in Queens, NY. The event featured live music, dancing and a 50/50 raffle. Entertainment was provided by The New York City Rhythm and Blues Ensemble. Dr. Christopher Hess, Columbia University Fellow, spoke to the audience about Parkinson’s disease and addressed their questions and concerns.  Dr. Hess was the recipient of the Ronald and Isobel Konecky Fellowship for Parkinson’s Research at Columbia University Medical Center. PDF awards this Fellowship to exceptional fellows who after completion of their two-year program… read more Read More

Tuesday’s Tip: PDF Champions

Is there a special occasion coming up in your life? Perhaps a wedding, anniversary or birthday? If so, make the celebration special by using it as an opportunity to fight Parkinson’s. Many PDF Champions have used life’s favorite moments to fundraise for the foundation. In lieu of favors consider making a donation on behalf of your guests to PDF or encourage your guests to do the same by forgoing gifts and making a donation to PDF instead.  There is no better way to honor someone with Parkinson’s disease than by donating to Parkinson’s research and The Fitzmorris-Riles Family of Abita Spring,… read more Read More

PDF Champions Friday!

Next Friday, June 29 the New York State Education Department, Queens ACCES-VR will be hosting a S.E.F.A Summer Show to benefit PDF!  The PDF Champions concert will feature live music, dancing and a 50/50 raffle. Entertainment will be provided by featured artist Mustang Sammy with music by The New York City Rhythm and Blues Ensemble. Representatives from PDF will be making a pre-event presentation focused on Parkinson’s disease, symptoms, detection, medical treatment and counseling. A PDF information table will be set up in case guests have any questions or need any educational collateral. Here are all the concert details: Date: Friday, June… read more Read More

Shop For A Cause: PDF Champions!

Do you shop at Macy’s? If so, this is the perfect opportunity to shop ’til you drop and support PDF at the same time!  Purchase a $5.00 savings pass through Macy’s Shop for a Cause program and 100 percent of your donation will support Parkinson’s research. Your savings pass can be used at any Macy’s on Saturday, August 25. You’ll save 25 percent all day on regular, sale and clearance items, including home – even save on most brands usually excluded! Save 10 percent on electrics/electronics, watches, furniture, mattresses, and rugs/floor coverings. Exclusions apply. Saving pass holders are also eligible… read more Read More

Friday’s Tip: PDF Champions

Obtaining in-kind donation(s) for your PDF Champions event can make all the difference! In-kind donations can help increase the amount you are able to donate to Parkinson’s research by keeping your expenses down. In-kind donations are those donations that are done in goods and services rather than monetarily. Start by brainstorming.  The easiest way is to make a list of all your PDF Champions event expenses. Take a look and see what items you could potentially have donated. Here are some examples: food, beverages, rental fees, printing, basic supplies, etc. Identify one sponsor that you can approach.  Inside your PDF… read more Read More

Happy Birthday to the Original PDF Champion

Parkinson’s Disease Foundation (PDF) would like to recognize the birthday of our founder and the original PDF Champion, Mr. William Black! In 1957, Mr. Black’s, controller and close friend was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. Appalled to learn that no truly effective therapy was available, nor was any basic research being conducted on the disease, Mr. Black set up PDF to establish a research program aimed at finding effective drug treatment. He made two major gifts: one to Columbia University to help build the research laboratory with a floor dedicated to Parkinson’s research; the other to endow PDF. Help PDF fulfill Mr. Black’s… read more Read More