On Friday, May 17th, the second edition of the Night of Appreciation was held in Old Town Scottsdale, under the stars, at the studio courtyard of the renowned southwest artist & sculptor, Jim Sudal. Jim has been passionate about helping people with PD for many years and we thank him for all he has done. We also would like to thank Carolyn at Arcadia Farms for donating all the wonderful gourmet food for the second time. If you have the opportunity to visit her restaurant or marketplace in Old Town, you won’t be disappointed.
With over 70 attendees from across the Arizona, we recognized and celebrated the contributions of some individuals that have helped to improve the quality of life of many people living with PD in our state over the past year. Those recognized were the following:
Marjorie Johnson & Aaron Taylor for organizing and hosting the 1st Annual Delbert Johnson Memorial Golf Tournament at Pinnacle Peak Country Club in Scottsdale last April. The tournament was a sell out and huge success in the inaugural year. The proceeds from the event benefited the Mayo Clinic Foundation, Scottsdale Healthcare and the Barrow Neurological Foundation.
The Baehr Family was recognized for organizing and hosting the 3rd Annual Baehr Challenge obstacle course event in North Phoenix. With a new venue at Aviano Community Park and over 500 participants, this year’s event took the Baehr Challenge to a whole new level. People with PD, families with children, everyone was able to participate and help benefit the Michael J. Fox Foundation to find a cure for PD.
We recognized Cindi Brooks, Past President of the National Parkinson Foundation Arizona Chapter, as she led the group that organized the most successful PD Walk in Arizona history. With well over a 1000 participants, it was the largest single day community fundraiser in the state with the proceeds benefiting the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center and the National Parkinson Foundation.
We also recognized Annette Edwards, Director of the Banner Neuro Wellness Center in Gilbert, for her efforts to organize and host the 1st Annual Wellness Walk. The event was fantastic success located at the Riparian Preserve in Gilbert. Walkers were treated to seeing some rare birds and beautiful wetlands right in the heart of the desert. Proceeds benefited the APDA Arizona Chapter and Banner Health Foundation.
The live music was provided and donated by our own APDA Arizona member and person with PD, Mr. Mick Beaman. His performance and MC duties were stellar and he has pledged to join us at Oktoberfest for Parkinson’s in Carefree this fall. To learn more about Mick please visit www.mickbeaman.com.
A huge thanks to our volunteers and committee members who helped organize and host this wonderful event. A special thanks to Michelle Toft and Sheila DeVault from Arizona Silverado Senior Living. Many of our rental supply needs came courtesy of Silverado. Thanks also to Courtney King of GE Healthcare for manning the beverage table all night.