The Parkinson Alliance Announces That Gail Ruderman is the Recipient of the 2016 King Award


Gail Ruderman Will Receive the King Award at the 17th Carnegie Center 5K on September 24

KINGSTON, N.J., July 27, 2016 -- The Parkinson Alliance announced today that Gail Ruderman is the recipient of the 2016 King Award for her community service to the organization, as well as for her dedication to the Parkinson’s disease community.  Ruderman will be presented with the award at the 17th annual Carnegie Center 5K and One Mile Fun Run for The Parkinson Alliance, which will take place on Saturday, September 24, 2016, in Princeton, NJ.   
The King Award recognizes a group’s or an individual’s dedication and commitment to the Parkinson’s disease community.  It was created in memory of Joseph G. Fennelly, a generous philanthropist and long term volunteer of The Parkinson Alliance.  The award is presented annually at The Parkinson Alliance’s 5K and fun run fundraiser in Central Jersey.

Since the inception of The Parkinson Alliance in 1999, Gail Ruderman has been a top supporter.  She has helped The Parkinson Alliance organize a variety of events to raise funds and awareness for much needed research into Parkinson’s disease.  On behalf of The Parkinson Alliance, Ruderman spearheaded an abundance of fundraising events over the years, including three Bachelor Auctions, four Fashion Shows, and she played a major role in five ParkinSong concerts along with the Litowitz family.  She has supported the annual Carnegie Center 5K event for seventeen years.  Through Ruderman’s resources, she has recruited volunteers as well as gathered in-kind donations, which has resulted into successful fundraisers for our organization.

“Gail Ruderman understands the importance of volunteerism and leads by example,” said Carol Walton, CEO of The Parkinson Alliance.  Walton added that, “Her individual support has also become her family’s!  She has recruited the entire Ruderman family to help in our cause.  Jerry Fennelly, her son-in-law, was the first Race Director of the Carnegie Center 5K; Nancy Fennelly, her daughter, has volunteered at the 5K over the years; and Matthew Fennelly, her grandson, has volunteered his videography/photography services at our Parkinson’s Unity Walk in New York City’s Central Park.”

Gail Ruderman’s longstanding support has enabled The Parkinson Alliance to fund research that is improving the lives of people who are living with Parkinson’s.  The Parkinson Alliance is proud to present her with the King Award in the fall.

About The Parkinson Alliance

The Parkinson Alliance is a national non-profit organization, dedicated to raising funds to help finance the most promising research to find the cause and cure for Parkinson’s disease, and is the umbrella organization for the Parkinson’s Unity Walk, Team Parkinson and 

About Parkinson's Disease

Parkinson's disease is a chronic, degenerative neurological disorder that affects over one million people in the U.S. where approximately 60,000 new cases of Parkinson's are diagnosed each year.

Helaine Isaacs
Event Director
The Parkinson Alliance

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