7th Annual Kickin’ Parkinson’s Fundraiser, Michael J. Fox Foundation Research Roundtable To Bring Community Together In Covington
COVINGTON, LA — The 7th annual Kickin’ Parkinson’s fundraiser takes place Thursday, September 22, 2016, at the Stone Creek Club and Spa, 1201 Ochsner Blvd., in Covington, LA, the day before scientists and leaders of the Michael J. Fox Foundation (MJFF) gather for a Round Table Discussion at Oxlot 9 in the Southern Hotel, 428 E. Boston St., in Covington.
The Kickin’ Party will feature live music from The Molly Ringwalds, an open bar and food by local restaurants, a silent auction and many special guests, including Debi Brooks, Co-Founder and Executive Vice Chairman of MJFF.
Tickets are $125 per person or $100 per person if purchased by August 31st here.
On Friday, September 23, from 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. the public is invited to attend a Parkinson’s Research Roundtable at Oxlot 9, which will be led by Brooks and offer an in-depth discussion covering the latest information on medical breakthroughs and other topics important to patients and families of those suffering from Parkinson’s disease.
Other participants include Terina Martinez, PhD, Senior Associate Director of Research Programs; Patricia Radford, Senior Associate Director of Development; and Liz Diemer, Senior Associate Director of Team Fox. There will also be a Q&A session for the audience to submit questions to our expert panel.
“We could not be prouder of our local efforts that have raised over $840,000 to find a cure for Parkinson’s disease,” said Quentin Dastugue, co-founder of Kickin’ Parkinson’s who has been living with Parkinson’s since 2009. “Important advancements are being made that are already changing the lives of so many who have Parkinson’s disease. That’s why your participation in this year’s fundraiser and roundtable discussion are so important. The roundtable discussion allows us an intimate meeting with members of the Foundation staff and the broader Parkinson’s community.”
Through Team Fox—the Foundation’s grassroots community fundraising program—Kickin’ Parkinson’s is part of a global network of over 2,000 annual members, each hosting unique community fundraisers and campaigns to support MJFF. In 2015, Kickin’ Parkinson’s raised more than $300,000 bringing their historic fundraising total to well over $840,000, 100 percent of which has gone directly to MJFF’s high-impact programs to speed a cure for Parkinson’s disease. Kickin’ Parkinson’s also earned recognition as one of Team Fox’s top 3 fundraising events in both 2014 and 2015.
Kickin’ Parkinson’s is committed to raising awareness and finding a cure for Parkinson’s disease, organization reps said. Over 50,000 people in the U.S. alone are diagnosed with Parkinson’s annually.
As the world’s largest nonprofit funder of Parkinson’s research, MJFF has funded more than $600 million to speed a cure for Parkinson’s since 2000. Since the program’s inception in 2006, Team Fox members have raised more than $45M for Parkinson’s research.