Parkinson’s Disease fundraiser to feature Hesston College faculty member

“Each Other’s Light,” a Parkinson’s Disease fundraiser reception and show featuring acclaimed baritone Tony Brown and retired master ballet dancer and teacher Alexander Tressor will be at 6:30 p.m., Friday, April 11 at the Reflection Ridge Retirement Community, 2300 Tyler, Wichita, Kan.

Dwight Roth, former Hesston College social science instructor, is organizing the event along with Parkinson’s Association of the Plains in Wichita. Roth was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease in January 2013 and since that time has worked to empower others with the disease. Parkinson’s Association of the Plains’ mission is to provide to people with Parkinson’s  a support group, updated information about medical research, community resources and possible discoveries related to care.

The fundraiser will feature Brown singing from his wide repertoire of spirituals and inspirational music and a dance performance by Tressor. The event’s theme is taken from one of Brown’s CDs of the same name.

Brown is Hesston College artist in residence and teaches in the social work department. He is also an international promoter of peace through his music and the founder of the Peacing It Together Foundation, an organization that serves the global community as a resource for peace and social justice.

Tressor has danced with several ballet companies around the world, including the New York City Ballet,  and on Broadway. He now teaches ballet and does coreography in the U.S., Europe and Russia, and is ballet master at the National Opera Theatres in Zagreb and Split in Croatia and the National Theater in Kosovo. Tressor also has Parkinson’s Disease, and, like Roth, lives by the principle that the disease has had an extremely positive impact on his life.

Tickets for the event are $50 per person. The reception will be from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., followed by the entertainment from 7:30 to 9 p.m.

For questions call 316-558-8869 or email