6th Annual Kickin’ Parkinson’s Fundraiser takes place Sept. 24; Twilight Run on Sept. 25

A Family & A Community Come Together to Kick Parkinson’s Disease into the Past


The 6th Annual Kickin’ Parkinson’s Fundraiser will take place Sept. 24, 2015, from 7-10 p.m. at the Stone Creek Club and Spa at 1201 Ochsner Blvd., Covington, LA 70433, and a family friendly Twilight Run starts the following evening from the same location.

The Kickin’ Party will feature live music from Rockin’ Dopsie and The Zydeco Twisters, special guests, open bar and food served by over 25 local restaurants, including Pardo’s, Ox Lot 9, Gallaghers, Friends, Opal Basil and Nuvolaris, along with a silent auction.

The event’s silent auction includes over 100 exciting items. The premier item is a four-night stay at a 12,000-square-foot villa in Puerto Vallerta, Mexico, which accommodates up to 12 people and includes seven bedrooms, two en suite suites, an infinity pool, private cinema, fountains and Koi ponds. Other highlighted items include the following: a one-week stay at a Destin condominium; a two-week campship at Riverview Camp for Girls in Mentone, Ala.; a two-night stay at the Bourbon Orleans Hotel; a VIP Napa Valley wine tour and tasting; signed LSU and Saints memorabilia; four premium tickets and parking pass to the Florida Georgia Line concert in New Orleans on Oct. 16; four tickets to Jazz Fest 2016; and incredible artwork by local artists including Abby Sembera, Richard Taubin, Jennifer delaHoussaye, Hope Richard, Kris Muntan, Riva Caldwell and more!

Tickets are $125 per person and can be purchased online at www.kickinparkinsons.com. Ticket prices cover admission to the event and to the Twilight Run (1 mile run/walk and 5K race) the following evening.

“This is a great opportunity to have a good time and exercise for an important cause. As someone who is serving on the Michael J. Fox Foundation Patient Council, I have seen first hand the advancements that are being made and just how close we are to kicking Parkinson’s Disease. That’s why your participation is so important,” said Quentin Dastugue, co-founder of the local grass roots Team Fox supporting the Michael J. Fox Foundation.

Last year’s event collected over $300,000 for the Michael J. Fox Foundation’s Parkinson’s research, placing them among the top three Team Fox in the nation. In fact, Michael J. Fox produced a short video acknowledging Kickin’ Parkinson’s, which can be viewed at www.kickinparkinsons.com.

Dastugue was recently invited to join the Michael J. Fox Foundation 25-member Patient Council, which meets twice per year to learn about the most recent research developments directly from the scientists and doctors.  News from the Patient Council is then shared with Louisiana’s local Parkinson’s community via www.kickinparkinsons.com and on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/kickinparkinsons.

A local Team Fox of the Michael J. Fox Foundation, Kickin’ Parkinson’s was co-founded by Quentin Dastugue, who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s six years ago.  Kickin’ Parkinson’s is committed to raising awareness and finding a cure for Parkinson’s Disease. To date, the local team has raised over $500,000 for the race to a cure for Parkinson’s Disease. Over 50,000 people are diagnosed with Parkinson’s annually.

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