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Rye Concert Raises $30,000 To Combat Parkinson's Disease

At the recent Parkinson's disease fundraiser in Rye were, from left, Jonathan Eger and Dr. David Eger, both of White Plains; John Stine of New York and Alan Weiner of Yonkers. The annual event raised more than $30,000.
At the recent Parkinson's disease fundraiser in Rye were, from left, Jonathan Eger and Dr. David Eger, both of White Plains; John Stine of New York and Alan Weiner of Yonkers. The annual event raised more than $30,000. Photo Credit: Provided
At the Rye concert, from left, Dr. Stanley Fahn, former scientific director of the Parkinson's Disease Foundation and renowned Parkinson’s specialist; Charlotte Fahn, a Hastings-on-Hudson resident, and Robin A. Elliott of New York, foundation CEO.
At the Rye concert, from left, Dr. Stanley Fahn, former scientific director of the Parkinson's Disease Foundation and renowned Parkinson’s specialist; Charlotte Fahn, a Hastings-on-Hudson resident, and Robin A. Elliott of New York, foundation CEO. Photo Credit: Provided
The internationally acclaimed Attacca Quartet performed in Rye recently at a concert that raised $30,000 for Parkinson's disease research.
The internationally acclaimed Attacca Quartet performed in Rye recently at a concert that raised $30,000 for Parkinson's disease research. Photo Credit: Courtesy/Julliard.edu
Pianist Gena Raps, who teaches at Julliard and The New School, performed in Rye recently in a concert that raised $30,000 for Parkinson's disease research.
Pianist Gena Raps, who teaches at Julliard and The New School, performed in Rye recently in a concert that raised $30,000 for Parkinson's disease research. Photo Credit: Courtesy/newschool.edu

RYE, N.Y. -- An annual concert designed to help battle a devastating neurological disease drew dozens of music lovers to Congregation Emanu-El in Rye earlier this month.

According to organizers, the afternoon of chamber music raised more than $30,000 to help support the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation (PDF).

Dr. David Eger, a clinical psychologist from White Plains, has been an advocate for the Parkinson’s community since his own diagnosis in 2000.

Under his leadership, the annual concert, now in its 14th year, has raised more than $530,000 for Parkinson’s research.

“At the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation, we know that ending Parkinson’s is a team effort and we’re indeed fortunate to have Dr. Eger as part of that team. For more than a decade, he has put his passion for music to work to help us advance Parkinson’s research,” said Robin Anthony Elliott, the foundation’s chief executive officer.

This year’s concert was no exception, Elliott said, calling it a “warm gathering of friends who share a commitment toward the same goal -- a world without Parkinson’s.”

Performing on Sunday, Nov. 13, were the Attacca Quartet, the quartet-in-residence for the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Gena Raps, a New York City-based pianist and faculty member at Julliard School, Mannes College, the conservatory at The New School university.

Raps has collaborated in chamber music concerts with artists such as Claude Monteux, Carol Wincenc, Charles Neidich, Artur Balsam and Kenneth Cooper.

She has also received numerous prizes and honors.

Attacca, an internationally acclaimed quartet, won first prize in the Osaka International Chamber Music Competition in 2011 and was the recipient of the Listeners’ Choice Award the same year.

The quartet’s members are Amy Schroeder, violin; Keiki Tokunaga, violin; Nathan Schram, viola; and Andrew Yee, cello.

Afterwards, guests enjoyed a wine and cheese reception.

To donate in honor of Music for Parkinson’s, visit www.pdf.org/music or contact PDF at (800)-457-6676 or info@pdf.org.

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