American Parkinson Disease Association
We are the Oklahoma Chapter of the American Parkinson Disease Association, the country’s largest Parkinson’s grassroots organization that aims to provide Strength in Optimism for the more than one million Americans with Parkinson’s disease and their families through a nationwide network of Chapters, Information and Referral (I&R) Centers, and support groups. APDA pursues its efforts to provide Hope in Progress by funding Centers for Advanced Research and awarding grants to fund the most promising research toward discovering the cause(s) and finding the cure for Parkinson’s disease.
The Oklahoma Chapter was started in 1986 and serves the Oklahoma and southern Kansas area. Currently, the Oklahoma Chapter helps sponsor support groups, exercise groups, and social groups across the Tulsa metro area as well as the Parkinson’s Information and Referral Center located in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. This board is a working board, focusing their efforts to raise funds to support these efforts.
The Oklahoma Chapter’s main fundraising event is our annual Pennies for Pearls for Parkinson’s Music Trivia Night. This is an evening of music, food, celebrities, and trivia games. Included is a silent & live auction along with other side events to help raise funds to continue to support the local I&R Center. Those funds assist the Center in providing educational materials, holding an annual symposium in Tulsa, and providing daily support to clients and monthly support to the local support groups.