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Faith Middleton and Fern Berman to Host Tasting Event for MS

February 10, 2012

Faith Middleton and Fern Berman return as event co-chairs. Jocelyn Mamenta tabbed as mistress of ceremonies.

 

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Faith Middleton, WNPR’s two-time Peabody award winner, and Fern Berman of Fern Berman Communications will return for a second year to host the Greater New Haven MS Taste of Hope at the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History in New Haven on Thursday, March 29.

More than 200 guests are expected to attend the event to enjoy fine wine and sumptuous cuisine prepared by some of Connecticut’s most renowned chefs. Berman, whose company represents chefs, wineries and cookbook authors, and Middleton, who is host of The Food Schmooze on WNPR, helped curate the chef and wine lineup for the tasting.Berman and Middleton, who have been married for 10 years, have three family members with MS.

“This event promises to be especially terrific,” said Berman. “Most importantly, it will help raise money for research, and enable the Connecticut Chapter to provide vital assistance for those in our state who are most in need.”

 Faith and Fern
Fern Berman, (second from left), of Fern Berman Communications, and Faith Middleton (with scarf), host of The Food Schmooze on WNPR, will return for a second consecutive year to serve as the honorary co-chairs for the Greater New Haven MS Taste of Hope. The event takes place Thursday, March 29, at the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History in New Haven. For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit www.ctfightsMS.org.

Also returning for a second consecutive year is News 8 health reporter Jocelyn Maminta, who has been named mistress of ceremonies for the event.

Maminta is a longtime supporter of the National MS Society, Connecticut Chapter. In past years, she has served as mistress of ceremonies for the chapter’s Women Against MS luncheons. She is a member of the Junior League of New Haven, on the board of the Friends of Yale-New Haven Hospital, and also sits on the Children's Health Council at Yale School of Medicine.

Maminta is an Emmy-nominated reporter who brings health issues and medical breakthroughs to the forefront of today's news on News 8. She also co-hosts Connecticut Style with Teresa LaBarbera.

The National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Connecticut Chapter, and Greater New Haven’s finest restaurants are partnering to present the Greater New Haven MS Taste of Hope. The wine, spirits and gourmet food tasting benefits those in Connecticut battling the potentially debilitating effects of multiple sclerosis.

More than 6,000 Connecticut residents live with multiple sclerosis, a potentially debilitating disease for which there is no cure. Funds raised by the chapter through events, such as MS Taste of Hope, fund scientific research and provide for the continuation of vital programs and services offered by the chapter to people in the state diagnosed with MS.

“We are thrilled to have Faith, Fern and Jocelyn partner with us again for our third annual Greater New Haven MS Taste of Hope,” says Lisa Gerrol, president of the National MS Society, Connecticut Chapter. “The commitment of these three strong women in the fight against multiple sclerosis is inspiring, and we are grateful as we continue to strive for a cure.”

The 2012 Greater New Haven MS Taste of Hope takes place from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 29, at the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History in New Haven.

Tickets purchased in quantities of four or more through the Friends and Family program are just $50 per person but much be purchased in advance by contacting event coordinator Nicole Marohn at 860-913-2550, ext. 52524. Individual tickets are $75 and must be purchased online. For more information on the event, including a list of this year’s participating restaurants and beverage vendors, or to register online, please visit www.ctfightsMS.org.

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About the Connecticut Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society

The Connecticut Chapter strives to provide knowledge and assistance to help people with MS and their families maintain the highest possible quality of life. These goals are achieved through vital national and local programs.

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 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 us closer to a world free of MS. Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, with at least two to three times more women than men being diagnosed with the disease. MS affects more than 2.3 million people worldwide.

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