Rally Against Parkinson’s Wins Big in Vegas Night at Richlin Ballroom!

RAP Treasurer- Malissa Cole, RAP Volunteer- Linda Nicodemus, RAP President- Jim Hampshire, RAP Volunteer- Teresa Kron Photo Credit: Megan Miller, M.N. Miller Photography

Rally Against Parkinson’s raised more than $26,000 to continue to provide its free Rock Steady Boxing program to anyone diagnosed with Parkinson’s and to help expand their outreach program at its annual Vegas Baby! Bull and Oyster Roast fundraiser.

Rally Against Parkinson’s – Harford Inc (RAP) recently held its annual bull roast at Richlin Ballroom. RAP took 400 supporters to Vegas Baby! in a night full of fun and entertainment that helped raise over $26,000 for the all-volunteer-run organization. Kristy Breslin of WJZ-TV served as the MC of the sold-out event with Rich Bennett of the popular podcast series, Conversations with Rich Bennett, serving as the DJ. A strolling magician, Lowell Sheets, dazzled guests with card tricks sponsored by local HVAC service provider HGH Mechanical. There were 70 silent auction items and over 30 raffle baskets provided by individuals and local businesses from the area. A diamond necklace donated by Ramona Coleman of R.C. Trading highlighted a raffle where 50 participants walked away with a hand-painted flute of champagne, and one lucky winner took the diamond prize home. Photography during the evening was provided by the local talent Megan Miller of M.N. Miller Photography.

The board members of RAP spent several months preparing for the event, working together to make the evening fun for all attending and a successful fundraiser for the non-profit. Jim Hampshire is the newly elected President of RAP. “The monies raised at events like the Vegas Baby Bull and Oyster Roast go to providing the Rock Steady Boxing program, free of charge, to anyone diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease, as well as helping us move forward in our future outreach program. As we strive to grow our outreach to more of the underserved population, the continued support of our community partners is essential.”

400 RAP supporters came out and raised over $26,000. Photo Credit: Megan Miller, M.N. Miller Photography

RAP will continue fundraising with their Annual Charity Golf Outing at Greystone Golf Course on Friday, June 16, 2023. Sponsorship opportunities are available. Please, contact the fundraising director Debbie Umbarger, at [email protected] for more information and to help join the fight!

Rally Against Parkinson’s (RAP) – Harford Inc. is a 501(c)(3) all-volunteer non-profit headquartered in Bel Air, Maryland. RAP raises funds to provide the more than 1,200 people living in Harford County that have Parkinson’s Disease (PD) with a better quality of life through our Fitness Programs and outreach. RAP works with Forest Hill Health and Fitness and the Y of Central Maryland to provide facilities, purchase and maintain equipment, and fund certified trainers to conduct exercise classes designed specifically to combat the symptoms of PD; this begins with Rock Steady Boxing (RSB). RAP also provides free virtual RSB classes that include elements of Tai Chi.

Rally Against Parkinson’s was founded to provide these services to help those diagnosed with PD to fight back. RAP does this by raising money to provide the RSB classes to the PD community for free, and by promoting awareness of the disease. Through these services, we also provide the PD community with information and education about available resources, helping both those with PD and their caregivers. 

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