On The Avenue

Battling Parkinson’s at Lavo

by AVENUE insider Photographed by Sylvain Gaboury/PMC
Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Spring is in the air, and what better way to kick off the season than to raise $150,000 for a worthy cause? Last Wednesday, April 5, the Young New Yorkers for the Fight Against Parkinson’s committee did just that. Teaming up with the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation (PDF)—a division of the Parkinson’s Foundation—they hosted the 10th annual Celebrate Spring New York benefit, which brought out nearly 300 supporters to the Italian restaurant and nightclub, Lavo.

Throughout the evening, rounds of cocktails and d’oeuvres were served as music by DJ Brenda Black filled the room. A live auction was held, and among the proceeds raised was a $15,000 grant to PDF, presented by longtime co-chair and Northwestern Mutual Financial Advisor Jonathan Romero, Jr. The grant recognizes his longtime support in helping towards the fight against Parkinson’s disease, a disorder of the central nervous system that affects movement and often includes tremors and impaired balance.

Celebrate Spring New York was created in 2008 by G. Pennington Egbert III and his sister, Missy Egbert Sheehan (both co-chairs of this year’s event) along with their close friend Georgina B. Schaeffer. The trio started the Young New Yorkers for the Fight Against Parkinson’s committee to do exactly what the name of the group implies. Inspired by their fathers, who have lived with the condition, their goal is to help fund scientific research to find a cure as well as engage the next generation of philanthropists. Currently, there are nearly 100 members.

Additional co-chairs of the evening were Gregory and Barbara Romero, Jonathan E. Romero Jr., and William B. Sheehan. The vice-chairs were W. Alexander Budney, Andrew S. Gustin, George and Peggy Hebard, Josh and Melissa Raskin, Adam and Kim Wolfberg, and Darren and Michele Wolfberg.

Imagine a world without Parkinson’s disease. Throughout the years, Celebrate Spring New York has raised more than $900,000 for PDF. Hopefully, at this rate, this dream of many will finally become a reality.


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