Thank You!

Parkinson’s Association of San Diego (“PASD”) proudly presented its 2018 “Knock-Out” Parkinson’s Gala.

A HUGE thank you to all who contributed to the success of the “Knock-Out” Parkinson’s gala on Saturday, October 6 at the Birch Aquarium in La Jolla. The event was an overwhelming success. Keynote speaker Rasheda Ali gave an inspiring presentation to the overflow crowd of over 330 attendees.

CBS Channel 8 News Anchor Carlo Cecchetto, emceed the evening that included tributes to Dr. Dee Silver for a Lifetime Achievement and several other San Diego Parkinson’s Community leaders. The live and silent auctions added to the excitement of the evening.

A special note of thanks to the many sponsors and donors who supported the event.

PASD offers critical resources to an estimated 60,000 individuals who have or are affected by Parkinson’s disease in San Diego. Services provided by PASD include information and resource identification, awareness and communication, support, education and training and other Parkinson’s disease service-based programs.

The Knock-Out Gala will feature keynote speaker, Ms. Rasheda Ali.

Ms. Ali is an internationally known Author, Speaker, and PD Advocate who wrote, I’ll Hold Your Hand So You Won’t Fall: A Child’s Guide to Parkinson’s Disease, inspired by her children and her father, Muhammad Ali, who suffered from Parkinson’s disease.


Lifetime Achievement Award

  • Dee Silver, MD

Special Contributors

  • Thelma Balbes
  • Madonna Bingham

Special Achievement

  • Dijana Ristic

Rising Stars

  • Justin Kaufman
  • Nicole Kaufman
  • Grace Selecky
  • Justin Zhang

Support Group Leaders

  • Paul Dawson
  • Max Elden
  • Nancy Floodberg
  • David Higgins
  • Rex McCoy
  • Irene Miller
  • Jim Paterniti
  • Ron Phillips

The Day Of GALA

Fight Parkinson’s disease by joining us for our annual GALA on Saturday October 6, 2018 in support of the Parkinson’s Association of San Diego!

Event Details


Date: Saturday – October 6, 2018
Dinner: Cocktails, Hors D’oeuvres, Dinner
Event: 6:00 – 10:00 pm



Venue: Birch Aquarium
Location: 2300 Expedition Way La Jolla, CA, 92037



Self Parking: Available
Valet Parking: $10
Weather: Sunny
Entertainment: Live Auction, Silent Auction, Live Music

Brought to you By
Parkinson’s Association of San Diego

Your support of the 2018 GALA enables PASD to offer critical resources to an estimated 60,000 individuals who are affected by Parkinson’s disease right here in San Diego. Your help is critical to sustain our outreach and our ability to serve the community.

All contributions remain in San Diego and also help local caregivers and families of those in need. Put on your dancing shoes to give people with Parkinson’s disease a great resource and a steadfast ally!


Parkinson's Association of San Diego

The Parkinson’s Association of San Diego is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to optimizing quality of life for people affected by neurological and movement disorders. As the leading Parkinson’s resource in San Diego County, the association provides information and referral services, education, support groups, evidence-based exercise programs, community events, social opportunities, compassion and encouragement.

Parkinson’s Association of San Diego
P.O. Box #1633, Solana Beach, California 92075
858-999-5671 |