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A Night to Shine to Help Discover a Cure for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy

Hauptman Woodward Medical Research Institute is known throughout the World for discovering medical breakthroughs in genetic research, making it the ideal venue for the 2010 A Night to Shine, Come Out and See the Stars charity gala.  The event will be hosted by Suneel’s Light, a local non-profit foundation with the sole mission of raising funds for genetic research that will lead to the cure of Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD), while increasing public awareness of the genetic disease.

A Night to Shine, formerly known as Tailgate for a Cure, is the Foundation’s major fundraiser of the year and will “shine brightly upon” the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus on Thursday, October 14th from 5:30 pm – 9 pm at the Hauptman Woodward Life Science Building 700 Ellicott Street, Buffalo NY.  A Night to Shine invites the community to spend an evening mingling with stars from the worlds of science, media, sports, entertainment and politics, while enjoying delectable fare, spectacular drinks and sophisticated conversation.  Besides the opportunity to enjoy a fantastic night of amazing food, drinks, entertainment and supporting an important medical cause, every ticket purchased to A Night to Shine will automatically enter the purchaser into a raffle for two free 2011 Super Bowl tickets in Dallas.

The gala will take place on the second floor atrium of the Hauptman Woodward Institute Structural Biology Research Center, a breathtaking three story, environmentally sensitive and modernistic building in the heart of the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus.  The one of a kind atrium will greet guests with an unforgettable sight, an entire glass wall that divides the room with the building’s main laboratory offering a first hand view into where some of the world’s most cutting edge genetic research is conducted. 

nightoshine.jpgGuests will be able admire the famous laboratory while enjoying their favorite cocktail or glass of wine from one of the fully stocked cash bars as delightful sounds of a string quartet fills the room with light classical music.  And to ensure the evening really shines, Torches Restaurant of Kenmore will treat guests with award winning culinary masterpieces that will leave even the toughest critics craving more. 

In addition, the event will feature a spectacular benefit auction with items from both the Buffalo Bills and Buffalo Sabres, as well as numerous items from some of WNY’s favorite restaurants, shops and companies. The event will be brought to a conclusion with auctioneer extraordinaire, Cash Cunningham auctioning off fabulously unique live auction items..  Attendees will also be able to participate in a silent auction, with all proceeds from the entire event going towards finding a treatment and cure for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy research. Tickets for the event are $65 or $100 a couple. 

Established in 2002, Suneel’s Light is a charitable foundation whose namesake is a 13-year-old boy from Amherst who has Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.  The foundation was established to fund critical research for treatments in search for a cure for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, the most lethal genetic childhood disease, which targets young boys, without regard to ethnicity, and leads to death from respiratory or heart failure by their early 20’s.  Without a breakthrough in ongoing medical research and treatment, there is little hope that Suneel, and other children like him, will live to adulthood.

At present, more than 20,000 children in the United States suffer from this fatal disease, and more than 100,000 worldwide, with a statistically higher number of identified cases in Western New York than the national average.

For more information on the 2010 A Night to Shine or learn either how to purchase tickets or make a donation, please visit their website or call 716.880.5590.

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