Oktoberfest for Parkinson’s fundraiser to be Oct. 17

The Baehr Challenge for Parkinson’s Research will host the 11th Annual Oktoberfest for Parkinson’s celebration 5-9 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 17, on High Street.

After nine years in Carefree, last year’s event was relocated to a more central and easily accessible location on High Street, located in the community of Desert Ridge, just east of Desert Ridge Marketplace in north Phoenix.

0909TPV Entertainment (Baehr Challenge)The 11th annual event will be located on High Street again this year. The Oktoberfest block party includes great food, craft ales, fine wines, live music, games, spectacular raffle prizes and free parking. Since 2005, The Baehr Challenge has raised over $140,000 to help people living with Parkinson’s disease, according to a press release.

As the signature fundraising event of Baehr Challenge for Parkinson’s Research, the goal is to raise $50,000. Admission is $20 per person online before Oct. 1, $25 per person online after Oct. 1, and $35 at the door; which includes a German-style buffet, as well as an abundance of local beers and fine wines.

General admission for all people with Parkinson’s and their caregivers is $20 per person online or at the door, stated the release. This year’s event includes a VIP area with unlimited samplings from many High Street restaurants, craft ales and fine wines, a second music stage and casino games sponsored by Right Toyota. VIP admission is priced at $75 per person.

The Grand Prize Raffle includes round-trip airfare for two courtesy of Southwest Airlines from Phoenix to San Francisco Bay area, accommodations for two nights at a Hilton property in Santa Rosa, Calif., an entire day of private wine tours including meals courtesy of Jackson Family Wines in Sonoma County.

Raffle tickets are $25 each or five for $100. Only 1,000 tickets will be sold.

In keeping with the mission of the Baehr Challenge for Parkinson’s Research organization, the primary beneficiary is traditionally the Michael J. Fox Foundation, the release stated. MJFF is dedicated to finding a cure for Parkinson’s disease through an aggressively funded research agenda and to ensuring the development of improved therapies for those living with Parkinson’s today.

In addition to the MJFF, proceeds from the Oktoberfest for Parkinson’s event will be shared locally with the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center at Barrow Neurological Institute and the Banner Neuro Wellness Centers in keeping with the tradition of previous Oktoberfest events.

These local services guide and support people with Parkinson’s and their families.

For information about sponsorship opportunities or additional event details, contact Patricia Perna at 480-951-6363. For more information on the Oktoberfest e-mail info@baehrchallenge.comParkinson’s event and/or to buy admission tickets and/or volunteer, visit the website at http://baehrchallenge.org.

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