COVINGTON, La (press release) – The 2019 Kickin’ Parkinson’s fundraiser, a premiere fundraising event in the area, takes place Oct. 17, at the Stone Creek Club and Spa in Covington from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.This event will be followed by a Research Breakfast on Oct. 19 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Southern Hotel in Covington.

This year’s Kickin’ Parkinson’s Party will feature stellar live music from Flow Tribe, food from the finest Northshore restaurants, open bars, and live and silent auctions. Tickets are $150 per person and can be purchased online at This year’s theme is Equestrian, Race for the Cure. Guests are encouraged to wear their best derby hats and take a photo with a real thoroughbred. This event will be preceded by “The Winner’s Circle,” a sponsor reception starting at 6 p.m. All proceeds benefit Parkinson’s research done by the Michael J. Fox Foundation (MJFF).

On Saturday, Oct. 19, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., the public is invited to attend a Parkinson’s Research Breakfast at the Southern Hotel, 428 E Boston Street, Covington. The meeting will consist of an in-depth discussion of medical breakthroughs in our race for a cure. Special guests will include Drew Falconer, MD, Director, Movement Disorder Specialist Inova Parkinson’s and Movement Disorder Program. There will also be a Q&A session for the audience to submit questions to Dr. Falconer.

In 2016, Kickin’ Parkinson’s, a Team Fox in support of MJFF, was recognized as the first Team Fox out of 1,500 in the nation to raise over $1,000,000 in three years. The team has now raised more than $1.7 million, 100 percent of which has gone directly to MJFF’s high-impact programs to speed a cure for Parkinson’s disease.  Kickin’ Parkinson’s also earned recognition as one of the top 5 Team Fox fundraisers in 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017.

“We are excited to be having the Kickin’ Parkinson’s fundraiser again this year. While we did not hold the event last year, that only means this year’s event will be even more special,” said Quentin Dastugue, cofounder of Kickin’ Parkinson’s who has been living with Parkinson’s since 2009. “We started in 2009 as a 5k Race and Family Fun Run and developed into one of the premiere fundraising events in our community.We want this to be a special night for all those who come and help raise awareness and funds, so that we can help make advancements that can change the lives of people with Parkinson’s.”

Tickets can be purchased at Stone Creek Club and Spa or by visiting For sponsorship information call Quentin Dastugue at 504.681.3408 or contact him at To donate to the auction, contact Penny Dastugue at penny@kickinparkinsons.comor Madison Hurwitz at

Kickin’ Parkinson’s is committed to raising awareness and finding a cure for Parkinson’s disease. Over 60,000 people in the U.S. alone are diagnosed with Parkinson’s annually and Parkinson’s affects nearly 1 million people in the United States and more than 6 million people worldwide.