Leadership Council Chairman Scott Schefrin is not one to let opportunities pass him by. He first became involved with The Michael J. Fox Foundation through Board member Barry Cohen, his former boss. From the beginning, Scott valued the Foundation’s approach to simultaneously tackling PD from multiple angles.
While he was impressed by the generous support the Foundation inspired, he felt more could be done. And he wanted to help. He says, “There was an untapped market of individuals who wanted to financially contribute to—and connect with—MJFF. We thought we could bridge the gap to a new and younger audience for the Foundation.”
This idea would yield a new group at MJFF—the Leadership Council. Established in 2009, the Leadership Council, headed by Scott, offers their financial support and insight to the Foundation. There are currently 12 members.
This idea would also lead to a new event to benefit MJFF—Strikes and Spares: Putting Parkinson’s in the Gutter. Hosted by the Leadership Council on September 27at 300 New York at Chelsea Piers, the evening features cocktails and bowling, with special guest DJ The Jane Doze. Scott says, “We wanted to make good on our promise, to reach out to a different constituency and provide greater access to the amazing work the Foundation is doing.”
That access is what he has enjoyed the most through his involvement with MJFF. Scott has loved meeting like-minded individuals, both on the Council and at the Foundation, who share his dedication to speeding a cure. It’s a personal mission for Scott, whose father recently passed away after living with PD for over 20 years. Raising awareness for Parkinson’s is a family affair—his wife, Elizabeth, ran the 2011 NYC marathon on behalf of Team Fox.
A native of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, now living in New York, Scott grew up bowling. But he credits fellow Leadership Council members Justin Lepone and Sean Goodrich with the idea for this event.
“This is going to be a terrific event, which will help raise the dollars we need to drive the Foundation’s aggressive research agenda forward,” he says.
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