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Fondue for Parkinson

 My husband, Roger was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease last year at the age of 41. For nine months out of the year I feel helpless and sometime hopeless but for three months out of the year, I can fight back by raising money for research. For three months, I am the most annoying person my friends know. I bring up Parkinson’s in every conversation. This year I decided to organize a dinner to raise money. I’ve never done such a thing. We have attended charity events but I have never hosted one before. It was going to be a challenge but I was up for it. I’m in this fight too along with my husband. I called the Melting Pot and asked for them to help me host this event. They were more than delighted to help. I planed the event on my own, and Roger helped get the word out.  Dinner was $35.00 a person with $10.00 coming back to the Parkinson’s Unity Walk. I also had a raffle taking place in the lobby of the restaurant.  I sold tickets – one for $5 or three for $10.00. We raised $200.00 just from dinner and then $300.00 from the raffle for a total of $500.00. I didn’t have any out of pocket expenses. All raffle items were donated, so consistent with the Unity Walk’s approach, this was a 100% to research fundraiser! Everyone had a blast and I really look forward to a bigger and better fundraiser next year now that I know I can do it!

Rosie Roessler
Team Captain, Parkinson’s Sucks