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Ruby Foundation to merge with national group

Published: Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014 5:30 a.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014 7:28 a.m. CDT

GENEVA – Paul Ruby, whose foundation to find a cure for Parkinson’s disease bears his name, formally will dissolve by 2015 after merging with the Davis Phinney Foundation for Parkinson’s, officials said.

Ruby, general manager of the Herrington Spa and Inn in Geneva, whose early-onset of Parkinson’s spurred him to run local fundraisers to find a cure, said Davis Phinney is a nationally recognized organization that can raise more money.

It was founded in 2004 by Olympic medal-winner and cyclist Davis Phinney, who was diagnosed with early-onset Parkinson’s disease in 2000 at the age of 40. Ruby was diagnosed in 2006 at age 42.

“It’s all positive where we’re going,” Ruby said. “The work that we are doing will be transferred over to Davis Phinney.” 

Dawn Vogelsberg, executive director of the Paul Ruby Foundation, said giving over to the larger organization is a good decision.

“As the years have gone by, we’ve made less money from our concerts and other events,” said Vogelsberg, a former 3rd Ward alderman in Geneva. “We’ve made more [money] with Sub 5 Century cycling events. This is perfect, to pass off the reins to Davis Phinney.”

The Paul Ruby Foundation began raising money in 2007 with its annual concerts for a cure and other events, and it has donated more than $750,000, Vogelsberg said. Vogelsberg said by the end of this year, the local charity should hit the $1 million mark in donating to ongoing Parkinson’s research at Northwestern University.   

The upcoming fundraiser, A Night Out for Parkinson’s, will feature dinner and dancing at 6 p.m. April 26 at Riverside Receptions,  35 N. River Lane, Geneva, featuring host Lisa Dent of radio station 99.5-FM.

Tickets are $100 and available online at www.paulrubyfoundation.org.

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