Fundraiser set for teen in Carbondale | AspenTimes.com

Fundraiser set for teen in Carbondale

Staff reportThe Aspen TimesAspen CO Colorado

CARBONDALE – Redstone teenager Olivia Savard is celebrating her 16th birthday in an unconventional way: She is raising money for Parkinson’s research by holding a fundraiser from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday. Pasta for Parkinson’s, a fundraising dinner featuring spaghetti, salad, garlic bread and dessert, will be held at the Carbondale & Rural Fire Protection District’s station headquarters on Highway 133 near Roaring Fork High School in Carbondale. There also will be a silent auction featuring desserts. “This year, one of my biggest birthday wishes is to be able to help people in need,” said Olivia, the daughter of Alyssa Ohnmacht, of Redstone, and David Savard, of Marble.Olivia is becoming known for her fundraising efforts for Team Fox, which supports the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research. Olivia’s goal this year is to raise $9,700, or $100 for each person living in her hometown of Redstone. In August, she held a benefit concert in Redstone with her uncle, John Ohnmacht, of the Johnny O. Band, moving her closer to her fundraising goal.Parkinson’s is a progressive disorder of the nervous system that causes tremors, balance problems and irregular movements by those who suffer from it. Olivia’s stepgrandfather, Bob Olander, suffered from the disease before he died. A suggested donation of $16 for Olivia’s 16th birthday is being requested at the door, though larger amounts also will be accepted. In addition, donations of ingredients and paper goods are being accepted. All profits from the event will go to Team Fox. For more information, contact 970-963-2373 or 970-963-9616 or email Olivia at olivia@crystalvalleyecho.com.