The Hudson Valley Chapter of the Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD) Foundation will host its third annual “Cocktails for a Cure” event from 6 to 10 p.m. on Thursday, May 15 at the Vintage Restaurant & Lounge in White Plains. This year’s theme is “A Vision of Hope,” to celebrate 30 years of research by the PKD Foundation.
The evening benefit will honor Charles J. (Chuck) Newman for his ongoing efforts to raise money and awareness of PKD. He has been involved with the Hudson Valley Chapter for over nine years. Chuck has served as a co-captain for his walk team, Benny’s Brigade, in honor of his father who passed away from PKD. Benny’s Brigade has raised in excess of $41,000.
The foundation will also host Mary Wu, author of “Confessions of a Kidney Transplant Recipient.” She will host a book signing with a portion of the proceeds benefiting PKD. As a two-time kidney transplant recipient with extensive personal and professional backgrounds in healthcare and social services, Mary is a nationally-recognized advocate on behalf of the organ donation and transplantation community.
“PKD affects 1 in 500 Americans, and there is no cure for it yet, but there is hope that through spreading awareness and raising money for research there will soon be help for people with this genetically inherited disease,” Newman said. “Cocktails for a Cure is our way of helping to create awareness about PKD, to raise some money, and to have a lot of fun at the same time.”
The benefit will feature live entertainment by the band, The Past Masters (www.thepastmasters.com). In addition, attendees will have the unique opportunity to have self-portrait drawn by a caricaturist. There will also be food, a silent auction and a raffle.
Anyone interested in attending the benefit can register online at www.pkdcure.org/hudsonvalleycocktails . The fee is $30, or $40 at the door. Space is limited.