Photographer Diana Levine leads District Hall fund-raiser for Parkinson’s research

From left: Raymond Tejeda, David Brown, Shawn Rosier, Winnie Chen at the “Photo Shoot for a Cure” party.
From left: Raymond Tejeda, David Brown, Shawn Rosier, Winnie Chen at the “Photo Shoot for a Cure” party.DIANA LEVINE

Over the weekend, the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research hosted the 2018 “Photo Shoot for a Cure.”

The evening, held at Boston’s District Hall, was “a photo-shoot party,” according to photographer Diana Levine, the event’s producer. The event brought in more than $54,000 for the foundation.

With the help of 15 volunteer photographers and 24 volunteer stylists, guests were able to participate in a number of photo-related activities, from portraits and head shots to fashion photography. A variety of local businesses took part, including TJ Maxx, James Joseph Salon, Polished Nail Boutique, Blo Blow Dry Bar, and Sephora in the Prudential Center.


Levine first discovered the foundation 14 years ago when her mother, Cindy, was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. Founded in 2000, the Michael J. Fox Foundation has raised more than $800 million Parkinson’s research and support for patients, according to the organization’s website.

“They heard my story and wanted to get involved,” Levine said of the companies that took part in the fund-raiser. “Trust me, no one’s more surprised than me that they said yes.”

In addition to speeches by doctors and a member of the Fox Foundation, guests also saw video messages from Governor Charlie Baker, Mayor Marty Walsh, Representative Joe Kennedy III, and Senators Elizabeth Warren and Cory Booker.

“I think when anyone has a Parkinson's diagnosis, since the Michael J. Fox foundation was launched, that’s kind of like one of the first places people go for resources and for support and to learn about it,” Levine said.

“I used to not really know anyone who had Parkinson's in their family,” Levine said. “And now I have like hundreds of friends around the world that care about it as much as I do.”

Lillian Brown

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