Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) and Boston Realty Advisors (BRA), a premier commercial and residential real estate company, present Playing for Parkinson’s, a tennis event and dinner on Wednesday, September 14 in support of the Parkinson’s Disease Center at BIDMC. Held at the famed grass courts at the Longwood Cricket Club in Chestnut Hill, the tennis event will kick off at 10:30 a.m. and will include a full day of tennis matches followed by a 6:00 p.m. dinner at the Medical Center. Daniel Tarsy, M.D., director of the Parkinson’s Disease Center and keynote speaker and honorary chair, Karl “Chip” Case, co-creator of the Standard & Poor’s Case-Shiller Home Price Indices will be featured at the dinner.
Together, BIDMC and BRA have established a successful tennis event, now in its fourth year, to raise money and awareness for underfunded programs at the Medical Center. To date, the event has raised more than $180,000 to benefit the Medical Center’s Healing Music harp program, DriveWise program for aging driver safety, Center for Violence Prevention and Recovery, and the Parkinson’s Disease Center—all of which rely on philanthropy to carry out their meaningful work in the community.
“As a small boutique brokerage firm, we wanted to find unique, underfunded programs to support—something that would parallel our business,” said Jeremy Freid, a partner at BRA and event co-chair. “By creating our own targeted fundraiser, our efforts could go a long way for lesser known causes. We are thrilled by the success and growth of this event and look forward to continuing it for years to come.”
In 2011, funds raised from the event will again support several initiatives within the Parkinson’s Disease Center at BIDMC. New this year is the addition of keynote speaker, Karl “Chip” Case, a professor of economics at Wellesley College for more than 30 years, author of five books and numerous articles and co-creator of the Standard & Poor’s Case-Shiller Home Price Indices. Case has been living with Parkinson’s disease for nearly 20 years. The dinner will also feature commentary from The Michael J. Fox Foundation, a proud sponsor of Playing for Parkinson’s, about their efforts to support research the will improve therapies for those living with Parkinson’s today and some day lead to a cure.
Playing for Parkinson’s is a signature event of BIDMC’s fundraising program, Grateful Nation. For more information, please visit www.gratefulnation.org/playingforparkinsons or call Kirsten Doyle at (617) 667- 7331.
Grateful Nation brings together grateful patients, families, and friends in support of the quality care and groundbreaking research at BIDMC. Playing for Parkinson’s is just one of the many events organized by Grateful Nation. To learn about other events—including walks, tennis, or golf tournaments, and dinners—please visit Grateful Nation at www.gratefulnation.org.
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center is a patient care, teaching, and research affiliate of Harvard Medical School, and consistently ranks among the top four in National Institutes of Health funding among independent hospitals nationwide. BIDMC is clinically affiliated with the Joslin Diabetes Center and is a research partner of Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center. BIDMC is the Official Hospital of the Boston Red Sox. For more information, visit www.bidmc.org.