Philly Event: An Evening of Cheers and Inspiration

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early 100 guests were moved by an Evening of Cheers with Brad Cohen at the Media Theatre in Media, Pa, just outside Philadelphia. Brad Cohen and board member Jimmy Wolk were guests of honor at the fundraising event that featured food, music and education.

” All I can say is WHAT A NIGHT!”  said Brad has he gazed out at the room fill of attendees.  Actor and board member Jimmy Wolk met with local TS organization representatives and other guests as they dined and posed for pictures.  He was equally moved by the outpouring of support.  “This is really great and a testament to what our foundation is capable of,” said Jimmy.

The evening began with a VIP reception for special guests and ticket holders featuring hot and cold horderves. Guests also received a signed copy of  “Front of the Class”.  Additional guests arrived an hour later to join in on the banquet and meet Brad and Jimmy.

Other board members of the foundation also attended including Brad’s Dad Norman Cohen, Steve Nemerson and Lisa Palmarini who organized and hosted the event. Silent auction items from Philadelphia and Atlanta sports teams as well as featured products from QVC and other area retailers were popular among the guests and individual donations were also appreciated by the foundation.

A special evening of song and inspiration followed in the almost 85 year old theatre featuring a welcome from Ms. Palmarini and a musical presentation of thanks for Brad and those who attended.

Gianni Palmarini and Rent Jr. cast serenade Brad

Eleven year old Gianni Palmarini serenaded Brad with “Kind and Generous” backed by the teenage cast of Media Theatre’s Rent Jr. The group then continued with “Seasons of Love” and received a resounding ovation.  Gianni was diagnosed with TS in 2009 and continues to be inspired by Brad.

A movie clip from “Front of the Class” was followed by a powerful presentation by Brad documenting his personal experiences as a child and then as a young man dreaming of being the teacher he never had. Brad encouraged the audience of children and adults to look beyond TS at the talents and potential of every child. He implored the audience to help all kids reach their dreams.

Brad was then joined on stage by actor and board member Jimmy Wolk who shared some personal memories of making the Hallmark Hall of Fame film in the lead role as the adult Brad Cohen.
Special thank you’s were extended to Philadelphia area brand marketing agencies Iperdesign and Impax Marketing Group have have contributed greatly to the launch and support of the Brad Cohen Tourette Foundation.

Guests then enjoyed coffee and a dessert buffet and participated in live and silent auctions featuring Phillies tickets, a trip to LA and signed sports memorabilia. Representatives from local Tourette Syndrome associations and organizations displayed information and mingled with the crowd.

Special attendees also included Mr. Gary Bender, principal of Aston Elementary School the three time recipient of the Pennsylvania State School of Character designation who was impressed by both Brad and the Foundation’s efforts at supporting children.

Board member Lisa Palmarini chats with Brad and guest Annemarie Boornazian

Brad, Jimmy, Lisa and other members of the board hope to continue supporting the foundation with these kinds of events that reach into the community and educate and inspire. This is the second Evening of Cheers in eight months, the first being in Brad’s adopted hometown of Atlanta, GA.

“I can’t explain the powerful feeling that tonight inspired in all of us. There were tears and laughter and a sense of hope and celebration for what this foundation is capable of. We were beyond grateful for people taking the time on a Monday night in July to celebrate the human spirit of kindness.”

For more photos of An Evening of Cheers go HERE.

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