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Parkinson’s Resource Organization Mitch’s Pitches PRO Event

Pictured left to right Jeffrey Tropple of Nothing Bundt Cakes, Michael Rudder, and his husband, Michael Moser VP of Harry Winston, Rodeo Drive (center) Jo Rosen, President of PRO and Janet Zappala of KMIR TV. Photographer: Sandra Gramajo
Parkinson’s Resource Organization held it’s Mitch’s Pitches PRO event at Mitch’s on El Paseo to an over-sold crowd. The evening started with a specialty “travel” silent auction. Nearly every item in the Silent Auction was a trip. From a trip to the Country Music Awards, to culinary stays at the Vineyards in Northern California to romantic trips to Italy and Paris and even Running with the Bulls in Spain.
The event was sponsored by Family Hospice Care, Robert & Sharon Keith, In and Out Mobility, Pacific Western Bank, William and Marybeth King, KMIR, CBS Local 2, Sunny 103.1, Dr. David and Sandy Perkins and Castle Rock Winery
Welcomed by Mitch Epstein of Mitch’s on El Paseo who related his personal story of how Parkinson’s has affected his family, Emceed by Janet Zappala of KMIR TV who in her “Your Health Matters” reports has covered Parkinson’s numerous times.
Guests included Trini Lopez and Oralee Walker, Dr. David and Sandy Perkins, Dr. Herbert Chow, the chief Technology officer of ICBI in La Jolla and his wife Eileen, David and Suzanne Etheridge, Melody Rogers, Janice Neimeyer-Seiden, Paula Bertone and Scott Close from Pacific Western Bank, Attorney Charlotte Sternlieb, Dr. Karefa Johnson, Michael Moser, Vice President of Harry Winston, Beverly Hills and his husband, Michael Rudder, Mark Ehrlich, The Franchise Consulting Company, Mike and Terri Neuman, Steve and Stella Evans, Ula Case, Gary D. Lopez, Jeffrey Tropple and Ellie Koch
Music by the angelic 17-year-old vocalist Hanna Johnson who san Wind beneath my Wings, Halleluiah and left the audience with Smile. Throughout the evening the music of Bill Coleman backdropped the event.
Parkinson’s Resource Organization is a non-profit 501(C)(3) Charity that provides emotional and educational support to families affected by Parkinson’s, “Working so no one is isolated because of Parkinson’s”.  It holds support group meetings throughout Southern California, publishes a monthly newsletter, provides one-on-one coaching, has an interactive website and is unique in having, on its website a virtual, vetted, video-driven Resource Directory called the Wellness Village.  PRO was established in 1990 after the diagnosis of the Founder’s, Jo Rosen, husband Alan. For more information contact them through the website or at 760-773-5628.
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