Supports Southwest Florida Community Members with Parkinson’s Disease

More than 400 members of our Southwest Florida community turned out for the Parkinson’s Association (PASWFL) of Southwest Florida’s Bingo for Bags & Baubles fundraising event on Thursday, October 5, 2023. The event supports the services provided to the Southwest Florida community by the PASWFL. The annual event raised more than $37,000 and directly benefits more than 7,000 members of our local community diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease (PD) in Collier County, and southern Lee County. PD affects over one million Americans and is the second-most common degenerative neurological disorder after Alzheimer’s disease.

“We are grateful to our sponsors, volunteers, and participants who joined us to make this sold-out event so much fun, and such a great success,” said Mary C. Schoeffel, CFRE, Executive Director of the PASWFL. “The funds raised at events like our bingo event support our ability to be the local resource for our community members diagnosed with PD, neurodegenerative diseases, and their care partners. We provide movement, speech, education, and group support because research shows that a proactive approach to managing PD during the early stages significantly prolongs a person’s ability to stay active and delay the onset of some of the degenerative effects of PD.”

The event was sponsored by BrightStar Care, Right at Home, and the Naples Daily News.

For more than twenty-five years, PASWFL has provided evidence-based, effective programs and services that improve the quality of life and educate, enrich, and empower our community members affected by PD and related neurological diseases. Each week the PAWSFL offers more than 20 activities for members with PD and their care partners as well as the greater SWFL community. No fees are associated with becoming a member; the membership application is available online at

For more information, visit or call 239-417-3465. Parkinson’s Association of Southwest Florida, 2575 Northbrooke Plaza Drive, Suite 301, Naples, FL 34119.

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