ROCKPORT – The Flatbread Pizza Restaurant at 399 Commercial Street in Rockport is sponsoring a fundraiser to benefit the Maine Parkinson Society on Tuesday evening Feb. 21, from 5 to 9 p.m.
Parkinson's Disease is a progressive neurological disorder that affects more than 1.5 million people in the U.S., including thousands in Maine, according to a news release. Symptoms include spontaneous movements, difficulty walking, shaking, slow or uncontrolled facial expressions, rigidity and tremors. Although research is being done, the cause is still unknown and there is no cure. However, new advances in treatment and research are very hopeful.
MPS is a Maine based organization founded to improve the quality of life for people in Maine with Parkinson's Disease. Funds raised support educational and referral services as well as specialized programs for individuals in Maine. For more information about Parkinson's Disease or MPS services, call 1-207-262-9910 ext.20 or 1-800-832-4116.
On February 21, Flatbread will donate $3.50 for every large pizza purchased, and $1.75 for each small pie sold, to MPS to further its mission throughout the State of Maine. In addition to dinner, there will be a "Silent Auction" and raffle with a number of excellent donated items and services for customers to bid on. Reservations are not needed for the event, so arrive any time. The restaurant features a traditional wood-fired, clay pizza oven for the pies, which are made with organic ingredients and free-range meats.
There is also a local branch of MPS that meets monthly at Anderson House at Quarry Hill off of Route One in Rockport. The Midcoast Support Group of patients and caregivers meets between noon and 2 p.m. on the first Tuesday of each month for camaraderie, educational activities and interactive presentations. Several members of the local group will provide handouts in the lobby and answer any questions about the organization after the meal.
Call the restaurant at 207-706-4106 with any questions about the local event, or contact Cassie Walters at 596-3978 for questions about the Midcoast Support Group meetings.