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New Haven Tasting Benefit Heads to Shubert Theater

January 9, 2013

New Venue for 2013 Tasting Event

New Haven Tasting Benefit Heads to Shubert Theater

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – When the curtain opens on Thursday, March 21, it won’t be the usual song and dance that lies behind, but some of New Haven’s finest food and drink.

For the first 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.

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David and Terri Goclowski, Branford, display silent auction tickets purchased at the 2012 Greater New Haven MS Taste of Hope, which took place at the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History in New Haven. Terri battles multiple sclerosis and is an active member of the National MS Society, Connecticut Chapter. The couple has a long history with the chapter, among other things, organizing and raising funds in support of the chapter’s Walk MS event. This year’s MS Taste of Hope moves to the Shubert Theater and will take place Thursday, March 21. Proceeds ensure ongoing scientific research to find better treatments and a cure. Funds also provide for the continuation of vital programs and services offered by the chapter to the more than 6,000 Connecticut residents battling MS. For more information or to register for the 2012 Greater New Haven MS Taste of Hope,

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 fourth annual Greater New Haven MS Taste of Hope,” says 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 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 2013 Greater New Haven MS Taste of Hope takes place from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 21, at the Shubert Theater, located at 247 College Street in New Haven.

Tickets purchased in quantities of four or more through the Friends and Family program are just $50 per person, but must be purchased in advance by contacting event coordinator Meg Staubley 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


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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