The 2016 Bal du Printemps,*** a Spring Gala presented by the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation® (PDF®) held its annual this year at The Metropolitan Club in New York City. The evening began with a cocktail reception at 6:30 pm in the Great Hall followed by dinner and dancing which began at 7:30 pm . Support levels were as follows: Tables $100,000, $50,000, $25,000 and $12,500; Tickets $2,500, $1,250 or $350 (under age 40).
Willie Geist, Host of NBC’s Sunday TODAY with Willie Geist,” Co-host, NBC’s TODAY and Co-host, MSNBC’s Morning Joe served as the Master of Ceremonies for the evening and quickly met up with PDF Board Member Penn Egbert for conversation before heading to photos on the carpet. Geist also spent a generous amount of time speaking with honorees from the evening as well as special guest Home Improvement Expert George Oliphant of NBC's George to the Rescue.
Beyond cocktails and passed hors d'oeuvres of foie gras, baby lamb chops, shrimp dumplings and more--guests were busy viewing a select offering of silent auction items. Above the items, a beautiful mosaic of various offering ranging from music depictions to visual art works. Proceeds from this event will benefit PDF’s research programs.
We spoke with New York based musician Garland Jeffreys, who was in attendance for the second year in a row to support friend Bob Benjamin, one of five honorees for the evening as well as an individual currently battling Parkinson's Disease. Jeffrey's indicated that Benjamin is strong and that the cause is a worthy one he will continue to support. The evening honored top-performing PDF Champions, whose efforts as volunteer fundraisers have helped the program to raise $2.5 million. Jill Taub Drury, Stephanie Goldman, Karen Burke Goulandris, M.D., Ph.D., Isobel Robins Konecky and Arlene Levine served as 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 to end Parkinson’s disease
*photos by The Quest for "it"