Rally Against Parkinson's To Host Luau At Seaplane Base


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HAVRE DE GRACE, MD — The organization Rally Against Parkinson’s is holding a luau in Havre de Grace in August. The organization was granted authorization from the Harford County Liquor Control Board on Wednesday to serve liquor at the event.

Rally Against Parkinson’s is "an all-volunteer organization," founder Stephen Sappington said, and six volunteers will be working at the luau, including two at the door to ensure all who attend are at least 18 years old.

On the menu are dishes like Kahlua pig with Hawaiian rolls and Polynesian macaroni salad. Nonalcoholic drinks will be available, and the Hula Pigs band will perform.

Beer and wine access will be handled by alcohol awareness-certified caterers at the cash bar, organizers said.

Funds raised at the event will benefit Rally Against Parkinson's, which provides free classes for those who have been diagnosed with the disease. One of its popular courses is Rock Steady Boxing, which targets areas that can be challenging for those with Parkinson's disease, a progressive disorder that impacts the nervous system.

Liquor Board Commissioner Susan Burdette said she knew someone from her time as a Bel Air Town Commissioner who had been diagnosed with Parkinson's and became very depressed.

"When he got involved with the boxing, it changed him," Burdette said. "It’s a really good thing."

The Rally Against Parkinsons luau will be from 5 to 9 p.m. on Aug. 18 at La Banque at the Seaplane Base, 309 St. John St., Havre de Grace.

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