Brent Peterson enjoyed a solid 11 year NHL career, earning his keep in the league as a rugged defensive forward that often drew the assignment of checking the other team's top scorers. Originally a first round pick of the Detroit Red Wings, he is an assistant coach for the Nashville Predators and truly a classy individual. Today, Brent is doing battle with a different kind of opponent. Brent has Parkinson's Disease. Although the progressive nature of this disease tends to wear its sufferers down, Brent has shown no sign of slowing. Since his diagnosis, Brent has gotten very involved with the fund raising efforts of the American Parkinson's Disease Association's middle Tennessee chapter through his Peterson Foundation for Parkinson's. His foundation is hosting a celebrity dinner and auction on Tuesday, September 1 at the Factory in Franklin from 6:00 until 9:00. The dinner will be emceed by comedian Henry Cho and will feature an amazing silent auction with signed NHL jerseys from stars such as Alexander Ovechkin, guitars autographed by stars of country music, trip packages, dinner and entertainment packages, and more. The next day, there will be the Brent Peterson Celebrity Golf Classic at the Vanderbilt Legends Club. Predator players will be playing with the foursomes along with celebrities like golfing great Peter Jacobson. Tickets to the dinner are $50 per person and can be purchased by calling (615) 292-0159. Additional information about the dinner or the golf tournament can be found on Brent's website http://www.petersonforparkinsons.org . The proceeds of this fundraiser are used to fund research into Parkinson's Disease and educational and support groups in middle Tennessee.
If you are a golfer, this is a great event to interact with the Predator coaching staff and players as well as other notables that will be in attendance. If you're not a golfer, then by all means make plans to attend the silent auction and dinner. It will be a great evening of entertainment and some very special silent auction items await those in attendance. And it will support the efforts of the American Parkinson's Disease Association and a class act like Brent.