Hauptman Woodward Medical Research Institute is known throughout the World for discovering medical breakthroughs in genetic research, making it the ideal venue once again for the 2012 “A Night to Shine“, charity gala. The event is hosted by Suneel’s Light, a local non-profit foundation with the sole mission of raising funds for research that will lead to the cure of Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD), while increasing public awareness of the genetic disease.
A Night to Shine, is the Foundation’s annual fundraiser and will “shine brightly upon” the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus on Thursday, October 18th from 5:30 pm – 9 pm at the Hauptman Woodward Life Science Building 700 Ellicott Street. A Night to Shine invites the community to spend an evening mingling with stars from the worlds of science, media, sports, entertainment and politics.
The gala takes 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 greets guests with an unforgettable sight, an entire glass wall dividing the room with the building’s main research laboratory offering a firsthand view into the lab where some of the world’s most cutting edge research is conducted.
Guests will be able admire the famous research laboratory while enjoying their favorite cocktail or glass of wine, while listening to the smooth vibraphone sounds of Ray Bennett, who has performed with nationally acclaimed artists Aretha Franklin, The Four Tops and the Temptations. And to ensure the evening really shines brightly, Chef J.J. Richert of the award winning Torches Restaurant of Kenmore and newly opened Smoke on the Water of Tonawanda will return this year to tantalize guests with culinary masterpieces that will leave even the toughest critics craving more. Chef Richert has created a special menu in honor of the gala that he has been creatively planning since last year.
In addition, the event will feature a spectacular benefit auctions 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 treatments and a cure for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. Tickets for the event are $75 or $135 a couple. For more information on the 2012 A Night to Shine or learn either how to purchase tickets or make a donation, please visit http://www.suneelslight.org/ or call 716.504-5761.
Established in 2002 and making its 10 year anniversary, Suneel’s Light is a charitable foundation whose namesake is a teenage boy from Amherst, NY 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. On average, these children succumb to this disease by their early twenties. For more information about Suneel’s Light or Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, visit http://www.suneelslight.org/ or http://www.facebook.com/Suneelslight