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Second Annual “Evening of Hope” Auction 
To benefit Parkinson’s disease Respite Care Programs

Contact: Lillian Scenna, LSW, Program Manager, APDA Information & Referral Center at the MaineHealth Learning Resource Center, (207) 781-1735

Mark your calendars for Friday, November 4, 2005 and join us for an auction entitled “Evening of Hope,” to support much needed services for people in Maine with Parkinson’s disease. The auction will feature artwork by Maine artists, items for the home and garden, eating pleasures, as well as other unique and useful items. Pieces from Kathleen Galligan, Evelyn Dunphy, John Muench and Julie Howison are among the items in the auction. 

The auction will be held at The Woodlands Club in Falmouth from 5:30 to 9:00 pm, beginning with a silent auction and ending with a live auction led by auctioneer Tom Saturley. Also included will be 
hor d’oeuvres and live music. 

Who: Maine Parkinson Society
What: “Evening of Hope” auction
When: Friday, November 4, 2005 (An auction catalog will be provided to all participants)
Cost: Tickets are $20 per person 
Where: To purchase your ticket and get more information about the “Evening of Hope” benefit auction or to learn more about Parkinson’s disease, please call the APDA Information & Referral Center at: 1-888-400-APDA (2732) or (207) 781-1735.

Here is a preview of some items that will be in the auction:
Lithograph by Jack Muench, Original pastel by Kathleen Galligan,
Handcrafted Jewelry by Julie Howison, Appliquéd Landscape by Jo Diggs, Hand knit Aran sweater by Claire Foley, Original watercolor by Evelyn Dunphy, Allagash canoe trip, Wine tasting party in your home from Freeport Cheese and Wine, Bat-person for a day with the Sea Dogs, Black and White photograph by Judith Ellis Glickman

A partial list of items can be previewed on the Maine Parkinson Society’s website, at

Parkinson’s disease (PD) is a slowly progressive disease of the brain. Although it mainly affects mobility it can also affect emotions, thinking, communicating, and bodily functions. With the exception of Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s disease is more common than any other neurological condition. It afflicts over 1.5 million people nationally. Because it is progressive, many individuals eventually require help and care in their homes. Quite often spouses or other family members provide the care for the Parkinson’s patient. Family members are the most familiar with any specialized needs such as medication dispensing, awareness and insight of physical and behavioral changes, dietary needs and restrictions and emergency procedures. The physical and emotional toll on these caregivers can be overwhelming. Presently, there are approximately 7,000 people in Maine afflicted with PD and they need our help.

Caregivers are on duty 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Caring full time for a person with a chronic illness such as Parkinson’s disease can cause a caregiver to be “burned out” physically, socially, and psychologically. Overload can cause stress, resentment, and depression. Often these feelings prevent care from being given to the loved one in the manner needed. In order to “give care,” one must “take care.” Getting out of the house even for a few hours is part of survival. 

The “Evening of Hope” auction will benefit much needed respite care programs funded by the Maine Parkinson Society. So come and join in the fun and excitement for this worthwhile cause!

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