One hundred and seventy-five guests attended the annual Bal du Printemps Galapresented by the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation (PDF) at The Metropolitan Club in New York City on Tuesday, May 19, 2015 for an intimate and important evening.Willie Geist, co-anchor of NBC News’ “Today” and co-host of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” served as the Master of Ceremonies for the evening. Proceeds from the event, totaling at $460,000, will benefit PDF’s research programs.
The evening honored members of The Platinum Society, generous donors whose lifetime contributions exceed $250,000. Jill Taub Drury, Judith Egbert, Stephanie Goldman-Pittel, Karen Burke Goulandris, M.D., Ph.D., Isobel Robins Koneckyand Arlene Levine were the Gala Co-Chairs.
Every year, philanthropic leaders join together at Bal du Printemps to help raise funds to support PDF’s research programs as well as to honor outstanding members of the community for their work against Parkinson’s.
The Parkinson’s Disease Foundation supports research and ideas that will improve the lives and futures of people touched by Parkinson’s. Founded in 1957 by William Black, creator of Chock full o’Nuts, a successful New York coffee and restaurant business, PDF was the first national not-for-profit organization to focus on Parkinson’s disease. His widow Page Morton Black served as PDF’s Chairman for than 20 years. Since its founding, PDF has invested $105 million in the research of leading scientists around the world and has committed an additional $44 million to support education and advocacy programs.