Thursday, April 28, 2011

Light of Day Foundation Donates $60,000, Irving G. Brilliant Doubles Challenge

Bob Benjamin, a leader in Parkinson’s fundraising and head of the Light of Day Foundation, contacted PDF this week to let us know that the foundation is donating $60,000 this month – raised from its Light of Day Concerts – to the Irving G. Brilliant Parkinson's Research Challenge.

While this brought PDF well past its initial goal of $100,000 (all of which Mr. Brilliant promised to match), the news got even better.

Upon hearing about Mr. Benjamin's gift, Mr. Brilliant DOUBLED his challenge. If PDF reaches $200,000 by Thursday, June 30, Mr. Brilliant will match every single gift to benefit Parkinson’s research.

Stories of Our Donors, NBC Nightly News Clip

Irving G. Brilliant, J.D.

Mr. Brilliant is a long-time resident of Brooklyn, NY, who was diagnosed with Parkinson's in 2003. A Harvard-trained attorney, Mr. Brilliant spent most of his career on Wall Street. At a young age, he sat on the US legal team at the Nuremberg trials prosecuting leaders of Nazi Germany. With his challenge gift, he is hoping to spur philanthropic interest in scientific research seeking the cause(s) of and a cure for the disease.

The Light of Day Foundation and Bob Benjamin

Mr. Benjamin was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 1996 at the age of 38, and shortly thereafter, founded Light of Day Foundation, which has held concerts all over the world to raise funds for Parkinson’s. Performers have included Bruce Springsteen. The concerts have raised over $1 million to benefit Parkinson’s organizations. Last year, PDF presented Mr. Benjamin and The Light of Day Foundation with the Page and William Black Humanitarian Award.

Mr. Benjamin was recently profiled on NBC Nightly News for his work in the Parkinson’s community, a clip you can view below. In his interview, Mr. Benjamin states,

“I don’t look at what I can’t do, I look at what I can do.”

Certainly, he has given much to the Parkinson’s community.

We are grateful for not only his support, but for yours in helping us to reach the challenge goal to fund much needed Parkinson’s research. The efforts made this April by Mr. Benjamin, Mr. Brilliant and all of you around the country are truly inspirational.

We encourage you to watch this video below and invite your feedback on the fundraising challenge, the gifts by Mr. Benjamin and Mr. Brilliant and your experiences this April in raising awareness.

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