Key executives and representatives for the globally recognized and New York-based Michael J. Fox Foundation (MJFF) were in Danville this evening to recognize a local “all volunteer” fundraising organization – The Danville d’Elegance (DDE) Foundation – for its ongoing charitable efforts and extensive fundraising support for Parkinson’s research and patient care.
In nearly eight years, the Danville program, which includes a weekend of charitable automotive-related events including its annual Danville Concours d’Elegance, has remained “the little Concours that could,” raising more than $1.3 million for the Parkinsons cause. Traditionally splitting its proceeds between The Parkinson’s Institute (TPI) in Sunnyvale, Calif., and the Team Fox arm of The Michael J. Fox Foundation the DDE raised and contributed more than $330,000 in 2011.
At an awards ceremony last month in New York City, DDE earned the number three spot in the organization’s “Top 10” and was recognized within the annual “Team Fox MVP Awards Honoring Highest 2011 Fundraisers.”
Last evening’s event, held at the home of DDE co-founders Christine and Jim Edlund, included an inspirational presentation by young Sam Fox, the Berkeley graduate that ran the 2,650 mile Pacific Crest Trail from Canada to Mexico to raise awareness and funds in honor of his mom, who has Parkinsons Disease.
Set in the historic town of Danville, Calif., the yearly Danville program is one in which car collectors, automotive enthusiasts and the local community gather together to have fun, and support a great cause, all at the same time! The weekend will bring an unparalleled variety of activities to Danville, creating a superb gathering of street and racing cars, along with additional exciting vehicle surprises, and great wine tasting and food – all in the setting of a small town jewel.