Annual wine tasting raises thousands for the fight against Parkinson’s disease
Buffalo, NY, 18 April 2018 – The Parkinson’s Foundation Western New York proudly presents its 14th annual wine tasting this year. “A Night of Hope for Parkinson’s” will be held on Friday, May 4th, at the Millennium Hotel on Walden Avenue in Cheektowaga. Festivities begin at 6:30 PM, and attendees will enjoy fine foods, wonderful wines, craft beer and locally distilled spirits. Tickets are $50 each in advance and $60 the day of the event. Couples can treat themselves to a pair of tickets and an overnight stay at the hotel for a mere $199. Tickets are available by calling 716 449-3795 or by visiting parkinson.org/westernnewyork.
This event has grown to become the second most important fundraiser of the year for the Foundation’s local chapter. The money raised is used to fund support groups, educational efforts and therapeutic programming that improve the quality of life for the tens of thousands in our region who are affected by Parkinson’s disease. Research shows that the rate of diagnosis with Parkinson’s is rising at a stunning rate, creating a growing population in need of these services. “A Night of Hope for Parkinson’s” also stands as a celebration for the extensive efforts the chapter puts forth in April, National Parkinson’s Awareness Month.
“The generosity of our local community has allowed us to expand our programming into areas, like the Southern Tier, that have been underserved,” says Chris Jamele, executive director of the Parkinson’s Foundation Western New York. “Our network of support groups has reached eleven locations, and our other programs are expanding as well.” Highly popular and successful therapeutic programs, like boxing, dance and yoga, are also fostered by this event.
The importance of the Foundation’s work is reflected in the growing popularity of the event. Nearly four hundred people attended last year’s wine tasting, raising approximately $40,000. “It is everyone’s hope that we can match and even surpass what we achieved last year,” said Vicky Glamuzina, chapter president and organizer of the event.
There is a chance for everyone to go home a winner. Attendees can bid on a wide array of incredible silent and gift auction items. The highly anticipated wine pull and a 50/50 raffle will also be a part of the celebration. Donations for the auctions are still being accepted. Donors are asked to call 716 449-3795 to make arrangements.