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Norman doctor hosts winter gala to benefit Parkinson's disease research

Dr. Nicole Jarvis of Norman is hosting an inaugural winter gala to benefit Parkson's disease research.
by Ken Raymond Modified: December 3, 2012 at 5:59 pm •  Published: December 4, 2012
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The live auction will include vacation packages, VIP tickets and round-trip transportation to “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” sports memorabilia, photography packages, a $5,000 orthodontics package and teeth whitening, Botox and microdermabrasion treatments, among others.

The sports items include signed balls or jerseys from Coale, OU football coach Bob Stoops, former coach Barry Switzer, NFL star Wes Welker and Oklahoma City Thunder players.

So far, Jarvis said, she has raised nearly $60,000. Matching funds will be provided by Google co-founder Sergey Brin and his wife, Anne Wojcicki, through the Brin Wojcicki Challenge, a joint effort with the Fox Foundation; that brings the total to nearly $120,000.

That's just the beginning. Jarvis plans to establish a Fox Foundation chapter in Oklahoma next year. She intends to host winter galas each December.

“They're just going to get bigger and better,” she said.

The gala sold out in October, but Oklahomans still can help by donating money to Parkinson's research or big ticket items to the auctions.

For more information or to donate online, go to http://tinyurl.com/jarviswintergala.

For additional ways to donate, call 701-2424.


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by Ken Raymond
Book Editor
Ken Raymond is the book editor. He joined The Oklahoman in 1999. He has won dozens of state, regional and national writing awards. Three times he has been named the state's "overall best" writer by the Society of Professional Journalists. In...
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