Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Harvest for a Cure Event Gathers Hope for a World Free of Multiple Sclerosis

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 Emily Connolly or Morgan Dyches
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Gourmet Food, Wine and Art Gala on Oct. 22 Unites Top Atlanta Chefs, Sommeliers and
Private Wine Collectors to Benefit Georgia Chapter of National Multiple Sclerosis Society

ATLANTA (September 8, 2015) – On Oct. 22, the second annual Harvest for a Cure event will take place at the Westside Cultural Arts Center from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. to benefit the Georgia Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society, an organization that supports research to help treat and end MS globally. Attendees will experience an extravaganza of gourmet food, vintage wines and acclaimed art in an effort to fund critical research initiatives and advocate for change.

“By raising their glasses at Harvest for a Cure, guests will also be raising the funds necessary to take us one step closer to a world free of multiple sclerosis,” says Roy A. Rangel, president of the Georgia Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. “We are thrilled to host this event for the second year and are confident that it will be even more successful than last year’s sold-out event.”

This one-of-a-kind evening features many of Atlanta’s most talented chefs and sommeliers working together to pair culinary creations with wines from the personal cellars of top local wine collectors.  Guests will sample delicious food and drinks while surrounded by stunning art, including works from renowned local artist Ross Rossin.

Participating chefs:
  • Gerry Klaskala of Aria
  • Christopher Grossman of Atlas
  • Matthew Basford of Canoe
  • Todd Ginsberg of Yalla
  • E.J. Hodgkinson of King + Duke
  • Pano Karatassos of Kyma
  • Chris Hall of Local Three
  • Angus Brown of Lusca and Octopus Bar
  • Derek Dollar of Milton’s Cuisine & Cocktails
  • Ian Winslade of Murphy’s and Paces & Vine
  • Kevin Rathbun of Rathbun’s
  • Peter Kaiser of Twist
  • Matt Swickerath of Valenza
  • Todd Richards of White Oak Kitchen & Cocktails
Sommeliers include:
  • Andrés Loaiza of Aria
  • Caleb Hopkins of Atlas
  • Jordan Smelt of Cakes & Ale
  • Matt Bradford of Canoe and Canoe's Cellar Door
  • Silvio Garcia of Cherokee Town and Country Club
  • Eric Crane of Empire Distributors
  • Kristine Lassor of National Distributing Company
  • Perrine Prieur of Perrine's Wine Shop
  • Michael O'Connor of Quality Wine & Spirits
  • Joon Lim of Rathbun's
  • Linda Torres of The Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead
  • Sarah Pierre of The Shed at Glenwood and Three Parks Wine
  • Phillip Cooper of Vin25

New this year, two mixologists - Miles Macquarrie from Kimball House and Mercedes O'Brien from Gunshow and Revival - will serve cocktails created especially for the evening.  Harvest for a Cure attendees will also enjoy live jazz music from local musician Theresa Hightower and a silent auction featuring a donated print from Rossin, whose large scale, oil-on-canvas paintings can be found on the walls of the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, The High Museum of Art and The Baseball Hall of Fame, as well as in the private collections of Queen Elizabeth II,  Morgan Freeman and Andrew Young, among others.

Sponsorships are available starting at $2,500. Tickets to the event are $250 per person and available online beginning Oct 1. All funds raised during Harvest for a Cure will help improve the lives of people living with MS by sponsoring local programs and services and accelerating worldwide research projects to help put an end to the debilitating disease. The Westside Cultural Arts Center is located at 760 10th Street, NW. For additional information, visit www.mswineevent.org.

About Multiple Sclerosis:
Multiple sclerosis, an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system, interrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and the body. Symptoms range from numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis. The progress, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot yet be predicted, but advances in research and treatment are moving closer to a world free of MS. Learn more at nationalmssociety.org.

The National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Georgia Chapter:
The National MS Society helps people affected by MS through a 50-state network of chapters. The Society funds cutting-edge research, drives change through advocacy, facilitates professional education, and provides programs and services that address challenges of individuals and families living with MS, helping them move forward in their lives. The Georgia Chapter helps improve the lives of people living with MS by raising millions of dollars annually through annual fundraising events including Bike MS, Walk MS and The Harvest for the Cure event. For more information or to learn how to help end the disabling disease of MS, please visit MSgeorgia.org.


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