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More than 150 guests attend First Annual “Sequins and Sparkle” Fundraiser Gala by Parkinson’s Foundation

More than 150 guests attend First Annual “Sequins and Sparkle” Fundraiser Gala by Parkinson’s Foundation

More than 150 guests took part in the first “Sequins and Sparkle” Gala by the Parkinson’s Foundation South Palm Beach County Chapter on the evening of April 14th. The gala, which will become an annual event by the Parkinson’s Foundation, was held at the Woodfield Country Club in Boca Raton.

“The night was dedicated to celebrating the vision of Parkinson’s Foundation to make life better for those living with Parkinson’s Disease,” noted the foundation on its April 23rd press release. Longtime supporters of the Parkinson’s Foundation, Gail, and Robert Milhous were especially honored during the event for their continued commitment to the organization.

Gail and Robert Milhous, Honorees

The memorable evening included cocktails and appetizers, a delicious three-course meal, music, and dancing featuring South Florida’s top dance band, Dan Beck Band, a performance by Mirror Man, and a live and silent auction.

Proceeds from the gala fundraiser benefit the mission and various programs by the Parkinson’s Foundation which South Palm Beach County chapter was first founded during the 1980’s with the purpose of raising awareness of Parkinson’s disease, helping find its cause and cure, and providing education and support to patients as well as their families and caregivers.

“We are so truly grateful for the incredible support we received for our very first signature Gala,” said Robin Miller, executive director of Parkinson’s Foundation South Palm Beach County Chapter. “Our committee members and sponsors pulled out all the stops to make it a memorable event. We look forward to continued success at the second annual Gala next year,” added Miller.

Committee co-chairs for the event were:

  • Mary Anne Milhous
  • Robin Muir
  • Pamela Higer Polani
  • Joni Scalzo

Committee members were:

  • Arlette Baker
  • Pam Coffey
  • Debbi DiMarco
  • Marlynn Donaldson
  • Anne Getlan
  • Phyllis Riesner
  • Marilyn Swillinger
  • Gail Milhous (honoree)

Sponsors included: Presenting Sponsors, Mrs. Robin Muir and Family; Dance Floor Sponsors, Mr. John Jay Mann, Jr. and John Jay Mann Foundation, Inc; Cocktail Sponsor,  Meade Family; Bronze Premier Sponsors, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Milhous and Mr. and Mrs. John DiMarco; and In-Kind Sponsors, Durée & Company, Florida Movement Therapy, South Florida Luxury Guide, and Lifestyle Publications.

Friends of the Foundation were Mr. George Tholke and Ms. Laura Youngworth, Ms. Nancy Pontius, the Sam W. Klein Charitable Foundation and Mrs. Sam Klein, Mrs. Kirsten Truzzo, and Chuck and Lyn Schwager.

About Parkinson’s Foundation

The Parkinson’s Foundation makes life better for people with Parkinson’s by improving care and advancing research toward a cure. In everything we do, we build on the energy, experience, and passion of our global Parkinson’s community. The South Palm Beach County Chapter provides the local Parkinson community with wellness classes, support groups, and educational programs in many locations. Visit www.Parkinson.orgor call (561) 962-1702.

About Parkinson’s Disease

Affecting an estimated one million Americans and 10 million worldwide, PD is the second-most common neurodegenerative disease after Alzheimer’s and is the 14th-leading cause of death in the United States. It is associated with a progressive loss of motor control (e.g., shaking or tremor at rest and lack of facial expression) as well as non-motor symptoms (e.g., depression and anxiety). There is no cure for PD and 60,000 new cases are diagnosed each year in the United States alone.

For more information or to get involved with the Parkinson’s Foundation South Palm Beach County, please visit:

Roxana Winfrey, Joel Winfrey, Samantha Milhous, Jennifer Pliske, Bret Winfrey, Amanda Milhous-Nichoson, Laura Youngworth, Gail Milhous, Diana Milhous, Bob Milhous


Marc and Marilyn Swillinger with Paul and Mary Ann Milhouse

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