Kirk Gibson Foundation 2020 Grant Announcements

The Kirk Gibson Foundation for Parkinson’s granted $150,000 in December of 2020 to the following organizations and programs:

Michigan Parkinson Foundation

The Kirk Gibson Foundation for Parkinson’s gave a $75,000 grant to the Michigan Parkinson Foundation allocated specifically to their respite care program. The respite care program assists families for in-home personal care so caregivers in Michigan can tend to their own medical care, events or a much needed break. The funds granted will allow the Michigan Parkinson Foundation to help 93 families in 2021.

Michael J Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research

The Kirk Gibson Foundation for Parkinson’s gave a $40,000 grant to The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research (MJFF) to support projects focused on accelerating a cure and addressing challenging symptoms of the disease. MJFF is dedicated to finding a cure for Parkinson’s disease through an aggressively funded research agenda and to ensuring the development of improved therapies for those living with Parkinson’s today.

The Silverstein Foundation

The Kirk Gibson Foundation for Parkinson’s gave a $10,000 grant to the Silverstein Foundation. The Silverstein Foundation for Parkinson’s with GBA actively pursues and invests in cutting edge research with the goal of discovering new therapies for the treatment of Parkinson’s Disease in glucocerebrosidase (GBA) mutation carriers.

Spectrum Health Foundation

The Kirk Gibson Foundation for Parkinson’s issued a $20,000 grant to the Spectrum Health Foundation to be used for the continuation of the EVSP Big & Loud program through 2021. You can learn more about this program here

Perfect 33 Foundation

The Kirk Gibson Foundation for Parkinson’s gave a $5,000 grant to the Perfect 33 Foundation in support of military families.

We thank all of our donors who continued with their amazing support and encouragement throughout 2020. We look forward to 2021 with all of you.

Virtual EVSP Kirk Gibson Golf Classic 2021 Announced

Kirk Gibson 2021 Golf Classic Announcement

We are pleased to announce that in 2021 we plan to hold the virtual EVSP Kirk Gibson Golf Classic once more. This year we raised over $135,000 with over 200 golfers across the United States and Canada.

If you have participated in this year’s event, you will receive a notification early next year with further details and when sign ups are available. If you did not partake in this year’s virtual outing, you can email golf@kirkgibsonfoundation.org to be placed on our mailing list.

You can see some highlights from this year’s Virtual EVSP Kirk Gibson Golf Classic here.

Why EVSP!? Because it’s Everybody Vs. Parkinson’s! Funds raised at the EVSP Kirk Gibson Golf Classic go to support the fight against Parkinson’s Disease.

Detroit News Holiday Cheer for Charity 2020!

holiday cheer for charity logo

The Kirk Gibson Foundation for Parkinson’s is participating in the 2020 Detroit News Holiday Cheer for Charity program! You can vote for the Kirk Gibson Foundation for Parkinson’s from November 18th through December 2nd – you can vote once per day! The Top 5 charities move on to the final round beginning December 9th and compete for the top prize of $20,000. You can vote here and read more about the program here!

Thank you for your support – any proceeds we raise during this time frame will go to fight Parkinson’s Disease.

Detroit Free Press/TCF Bank Virtual Marathon Recap

finishes of the virtual marathon Detroit Kilter and Team23 KGF

Over the weekend of October 16-18th, thousands of runners participated in the Detroit Free Press/TCF Bank Virtual Marathon. While our first year as a charity partner for the event didn’t go quite as expected, we are proud to announce that our Team 23 runners raised over $6,000 in the fight against Parkinson’s Disease!

We are so proud of Debra Gleeson and Jamen Spitzer!


Debra Gleeson
Jamen Spitzer

Debra is a new runner and completed the Temptation challenge – a 5K + 1 Mile race and even beat her goal time. She had an original fundraising goal of $1,500 and raised over $2,000! She was supported in her run by her daughter Haley, and ran in honor of her husband Tim is who is battling Parkinson’s Disease.

Jamen is a Michigan native who now lives in Los Angeles. He ran his first ever full marathon – 26. 2 miles along the California coast. Jamen ran in support of his father Ben who is fighting Parkinson’s Disease. Jamen has been documenting his training and is working on a film that chronicles his journey as a runner and his relationship with his father. Jamen beat his original fundraising goal of $2,300 and raised over $3,000!

Team 23 also participated in the Detroit Marathon Charity Partner Challenge via the Kilter Rewards app. With 39 participants our team came in second place and raised an additional $700 dollars to fight Parkinson’s. Stay tuned for future challenges with Team 23 on Kilter Rewards – all you have to do to support the fight against Parkinson’s is lace up those sneakers and start moving!

We hope you’ll join us in 2021 for race weekend.