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Bachelors Against Parkinson’s


Boxer Muhammad Ali and Hollywood star Michael

J. Fox have both used their celebrity to build a national awareness

of Parkinson’s Disease, the debilitating neurological disease that

strikes nearly 1.5 million people in the United States.

In Princeton several young men are using one of their assets —

bachelorhood — to bring an awareness of Parkinson’s Disease to

the community and raise money for research. The Parkinson Alliance,

a fundraising unit founded by Margaret Tuchman, part owner of

PJ’s Pancakes on Nassau Street, is hosting a silent auction on Friday,

April 14, at 7 p.m. the Doral Forrestal in Princeton, where a handful

of impressive prizes and gifts, including 30 tuxedo-clad bachelors,

will be up for bidding.

Bachelor number one, Scott Appel of Monmouth Junction,

is a 28-year-old statistician with Opinion Research who likes sushi,

Elvis Costello, and traveling to exotic places. He’s looking for an

intelligent and fun woman, someone to whom he feels a spiritual connection.

Bachelor number two, Dan Fabrizio from Princeton, is a 38-year-old

financial manager who likes Top 40 music, Italian food, and running,

and describes himself as determined and adventurous. He rates a woman’s

appearance as a priority, but also wants a woman who shares some common

interests — like running.

Bachelor number three, Jeffrey Macor, is a 30-year-old construction

purchaser who describes himself as shy and hardworking, and above

all, likes women who have a good sense of humor. He likes music and

the Colorado Rockies, and hates bad drivers.

Other bachelors include Aquil Abdullah, 26, of Princeton;

Tom Cahill, 27, of West Windsor; Scott Edwards, Ed

Beck, and Jack Harris of Princeton; John Nardone, 25,

of Colonia; Robert Kanady, 53, of Titusville; Jeffrey York,

46, of Princeton; Steven Palder, 48, of Plainsboro; and Marlon

Yon of Trenton; and Vinny Biviano, 31, of Keasbey.

There’s a man for everyone in this batch. "They’re all friends

of friends," says Allison Miller, a project consultant with

Opinion Research, who is organizing event and found the bachelors.

"We’ve set it up so that each bachelor comes with a package, which

includes dinner at one of the nicer restaurants like Acacia, Lahiere’s,

and La Fontana, and then we’ve also included other gifts like massages

or a gift basket. The men are just a bonus."

The bachelor packages themselves are worth on average about $200,

but the bidding will begin at around $50. "It is a charitable

event, most people aren’t expecting fireworks, but it’s meant to be

fun," adds Miller. If the men don’t suit your tastes, however,

there will also more than 100 exciting gifts to bid on, from a one-year

lease for a 2000 Volkswagen Beetles to a week’s stay in the Poconos,

as well as jewelry and artwork. Tickets cost $50, and include hors

d’oeuvres, dinner, dessert, music, and valet parking. Call 609-921-1696.

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