The impressive Heckmann estate on Clancy Lane, owned by Dick and Wendy Heckmann was the site of a fundraiser for the Parkinson's Resource Organization (PRO) headed by Jo Rozen. She and radio personality Dan Ball pulled it together in just 40 days and drew over 350 people.
Rosen spoke passionately about her life's cause to find a cure for this devastating disease. One youthful guest, whose disease is now in its 14th year, spoke haltingly but bravely about what the organization has done for her and her care-taker family, both financially and emotionally.
There was not a dry eye in the entire place including Dan Ball who had to bounce back to the stage as MC still wiping away his tears. Ball's comedy and professionalism was clearly the highlight of the evening. He has now teamed up with Rozen as the Parkinson's director of development. For this event, Ball was accompanied by his mother and other supporters.
The evening's huge buffet was created by Lulu's with dessert by Brandini Toffee and Nothing Bundt Cakes.
Other features were strolling models in beautiful fashions, a photo booth, pin ball machines, a comedian and a DJ playing music throughout the event.
One of the many volunteers said she volunteered for these events because of Jo Rozen's dedication which she finds inspiring.
For more information phone 760-773-5628 or visit ParkinsonsResource.org.