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On a beautiful Thursday evening in April, the Parkinson Association of Alabama (PAA) hosted TASTE FOR A CURE at the B&A Warehouse to raise money to CURE Parkinson’s. More than 250 guests purchased tickets to this elite annual event to dine and fellowship with those seeking to raise money for Parkinson’s research and care navigation services provided by the PAA.

More than 50 items were included in a silent auction that featured art, jewelry, spa, and golf packages, and so much more equally appealing to all. The live auction raised nearly $20,000 alone with opportunities to take trips to the beach, go on a quail hunt, and packages with season passes to Alabama football games and the Regions Charity Golf Tournament. The most popular item bringing in nearly $12,000 was for hosting a private dinner for ten at your home with award winning chef, Chris Hastings. Guests also had the opportunity to purchase tickets for a Wine Pull Drawing and Raffles. Live music was provided by JQ’s One Man Swing Band.

Guests dressed in spiffy attire. Remarks were provided by Henry Ray, Rusty Stewart, Dr. David Standaert, and PAA President, Brian Corbett. A demonstration of PD Fight Club was provided by Juarez Boxing. Exhibitors included the Parkinson Association of Alabama, PD Fight Club, UAB and Team Rowland. Exhibitors hosted a scavenger hunt where participants received stamps on a card placed in a drawing that led to a $200 gift card.

Beverage sponsors included International Wine and Craft Beer, Trimtab Brewing, and Milo’s Tea. The menu featured appetizers of dipped chicken and waffles, tomato basil bruschetta baguettes, a trio of hummus and cilantro meatballs. The meal featured a salad of mixed greens, strawberries and walnuts, complimentary breads, grilled vegetables, chicken, and beef brisket along with a mashed potato bar. Great American Cookies, Tasty Town, Hero Doughnuts & Buns, and Baby Bites from Pastry Arts provided a beautiful selection of desserts.

The event committee was chaired by Christina Van Der Hulst. Ruth Bean and Stacy Corbett worked tirelessly to secure auction items to make the event a huge hit. Brian Corbett, Kat Gannon, Teri Henley and Alice Major rounded out the event committee team with their support and contributions. The PAA staff, including Executive Director, Bibby Bailey; Event Coordinator, Amy Benson; as well as Kim Warren and Brooklyn White are very grateful for the support provided by so many volunteers.

The event wouldn’t be possible without the support from our sponsors and those that donated the amazing items for the silent auction, which included:

  • Platinum: Ernest DeBakey Charitable Foundation

  • Diamond: Bert O’Neal

  • Ruby: Janet Barnes, O’Neal Industries, Inc., and Debby and Clarence Pouncey

  • Gold: Renee’ & Mike Booker, CTS Excavations, International Wines & Craft Beer, MW/Davis Dumas & Associates, Alice B. Major, Carol & Lewis M. “Rusty” Stewart, and Team Rowland

  • Silver: BHK Investment Advisors, Cahaba Brewing Company, Mary & Ed Finch, Ilene & Allan S. Wilensky Charitable Foundation, Protective Life Corporation, University of Alabama at Birmingham

  • Bronze: Coca-Cola, Lamar Clark, Stacy & Brian Corbett, Kate & John Cotton, Sally & J. Gary Ellis, Michael S. Fitts, Ashley & James Harms, Anne & Joe Hawley, Teri & Hank Henley, Carolyn & Henry Ray, Donna & Julian Smith, Christina Van Der Hulst & Scott Recchio, Sherry & Lloyd Wilson

We hope everyone enjoyed an amazing evening with friends supporting Parkinson’s. If you came, thank you! If you bid on silent and live auction items, wine pull drawings and raffles, thank you! You are helping us to support research to CURE Parkinson’s!


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