Parkinson’s support group bingo and talent show to Ventura

Attendees enjoyed the thrill of bingo and talented performances.

by Patricia Schallert

Calendars were marked and the crowd arrived. The Parkinson’s Foundation and the Ventura County Neuro-fitness Center Bingo/Talent Show aimed at supporting the mission to improve care and advance research for Parkinson’s disease and to support fundraising efforts for the Parkinson’s Foundation.

On Friday, March 15th, from 7-9 pm, the Ventura Marina Community clubhouse came alive with over 250 attendees eager to participate in the Bingo/Talent Show extravaganza. The doors opened at 6:00pm, allowing everyone time to settle in before the bingo games that kicked off promptly at 7pm.

To join in the excitement, the entry fee was just $10 per person, with an additional $5 buy-in for bingo. Each of the five regular bingo games offered a minimum prize value of $100, in the form of Amazon or Wood Ranch gift cards. As a special treat, the talent show began at 8pm, showcasing the impressive talents of Ventura’s local community.

This event was open to the public, and 100% of the proceeds will go directly towards supporting the Parkinson’s Foundation. Dr. Vanessa White, owner/founder of the Ventura County Neurofitness Center and Director of the Ventura County Parkinson’s Support Group, expressed her enthusiasm for this partnership and hopes to establish this as an annual event.

Parkinson’s disease is a neurodegenerative disorder that affects the nervous system, leading to a range of motor and non-motor symptoms. Vanessa White added , “One of the most effective ways to manage and combat the symptoms of Parkinson’s is through regular physical exercise.” In recent years, a particular form of exercise known as “Neuroboxing” or “Neurofitness” has gained significant popularity for its positive impact on individuals living with Parkinson’s. “The success and popularity of neurofitness in managing Parkinson’s symptoms are evident by the growing number of specialized gyms and programs dedicated to offering these classes worldwide.” “These facilities provide safe and supportive environments where individuals with Parkinson’s can engage in regular exercise, improve their quality of life, and build a network with others who share similar experiences.” Bernice Detig, Foundation Development Manager.

For those who were unable to attend the The Parkinson’s Foundation and the Ventura County Neurofitness Center Bingo/Talent Show but would like to contribute, donations can be made directly through the Parkinson’s Foundation website via the A-Team page (Ventura County Moving Day –

For more information, please visit or reach out to Dr. Vanessa White at 805.300.7749 or [email protected]. This incredible evening, supported a worthy cause while attendees enjoyed the thrill of bingo and talented performances.

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