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10/24/2002

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"A Step Ahead: A Positive You" Fashion Show and Luncheon Raises Close To $40,000 for Parkinson's Research

Princeton, New Jersey

On Sunday, October 24th, nearly 400 people gathered at The Hyatt Regency Princeton to attend "A Step Ahead: A Positive You," a fashion show and luncheon that raised $40,000 to benefit Parkinson's disease research.

The crowd began gathering mid-day to enjoy light hors d'oeuvres while viewing and taking chances on over forty gift auction items-such as autographed sports memorabilia, designer clothing, gift certificates, and various gift baskets-and the "Super Raffle" that included a deluxe cruise for two with airfare, a four day spa vacation with airfare, or a handcrafted San Francisco Victorian doll house. In all, over $25,000 in items were donated from local vendors and businesses. During the luncheon, the lucky winners on the gift auction were announced and their prizes delivered. After lunch was served, the fashion show delighted the crowd and featured items from Hedy Shepard, Ltd., Forest Jewelers, Step by Step, Suit World, and Foot Solutions. All 59 models who strutted the runway were local volunteers-moms, dads, grandparents, and grandkids-a true community effort. The delightful show concluded with the announcement of the Super Raffle prizewinners. Linda Meisel of Princeton, NJ won the cruise package; Howard Hall of New Hope, Pennsylvania won the spa package; and Anne Merlino of Ewing, NJ won the Victorian dollhouse.

Instrumental in the success of the event were Gail Ruderman and Tracey Destribats who served as co-chairs; Rachel Rabinowitz and Lynn Rabinowitz of Hedy Shepard who coordinated the fashions; Metropolis Spa Salon for providing hair and makeup services to the models; Forget Me Not Florist of Hopewell for providing table centerpieces; and Bristol-Myers Squibb, Yardville National Bank, Grand Bank, and Kyowa Pharmaceutical, Inc. for sponsor support.

"A Step Ahead: A Positive You," was hosted by The Parkinson Alliance, the unique Princeton-based non-profit organization that guarantees 100% of all individual donations and the net proceeds of all events go directly to Parkinson's research. This is made possible through The Tuchman Foundation, which matches 100% of all individual donations and the net proceeds of all events to cover the administrative costs.

Parkinson's disease is a gradual neurodegenerative disease that affects more than one million Americans. While a cure to Parkinson's is the ultimate goal, continued research is vital to help improve the quality of life for people with Parkinson's and help slow the progression of the disease. To learn more about Parkinson's disease and The Parkinson Alliance, please contact The Parkinson Alliance, Post Office Box 308, Kingston, New Jersey 08528-0308; Phone: (toll free) 1-800-579-8440; Fax: 609-688-0875; Web: www.parkinsonalliance.org.


Please visit Mark Beckelman's website
if you wish to purchase model photos taken by him at the end of the runway.

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