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Greater New Haven Taste Of Hope Opens At Shubert Theater

March 20, 2014

Jocelyn Maminta, health reporter with WTNH News 8, poses with Nancy Purcell, owner of Take The Cake Bakery, while attending the 2013 Greater New Haven MS Taste of Hope at the Shubert Theater in New Haven. This year, Maminta, a resident of New Haven, will serve for a fifth year as the 2014 Greater New Haven MS Taste of Hope’s mistress of ceremonies. An award-winning bakery, Take The Cake, of Guilford, will also once again be a featured restaurant vendor.

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – When the curtain opens on Thursday, March 20, the opening act won’t be the usual song and dance, but rather some of New Haven’s finest food and drink.

For the second time, the historic Shubert Theater will host the Greater New Haven MS Taste of Hope – a wine, spirits and gourmet food tasting to benefit those in Connecticut battling multiple sclerosis.

More than 200 guests are expected to attend the event and sample fine wine and sumptuous cuisine prepared by some of Connecticut’s most renowned chefs.

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 the Shubert Theater opened its doors to us for our fifth annual Greater New Haven MS Taste of Hope,” said Lisa Gerrol, president and CEO of the National MS Society, Connecticut Chapter. “The atmosphere offered by such a prestigious venue is unparalleled.”

Also returning for a third consecutive year is WTNH 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.

To date, participating restaurants and food vendors include Assaggio, Caseus Fromagerie & Bistro, Home, Onyx Spirits Company, Park Central Tavern, Take The Cake and The Wine Press.

The 2014 Greater New Haven MS Taste of Hope takes place from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 20, at the Shubert Theater, located at 247 College Street in New Haven.

Tickets are available for a donation of $50 per person online at or over the phone at 860.913.2550.
For more information on the event, including a list of this year’s participating restaurants and beverage vendors, or to register online, please visit


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 is an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system that disrupts 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 leading to better understanding and 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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