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Suneel's Light Foundation's 'A Night To Shine' gala to fight Duchenne muscular dystrophy

by jmaloni


Fri, Oct 11th 2013 09:25 pm

Charity gala set to shine brightly on the Hotel @ The Lafayette the evening of Oct. 17

Suneel's Light Foundation has announced that "A Night to Shine" charity gala, the foundation's annual fundraiser, will "shine brightly upon" downtown Buffalo for the first time, Thursday, Oct. 17, from 5:30-9 p.m. at the Hotel @ The Lafayette, 391 Washington St., Buffalo.

The local nonprofit foundation has the sole mission of raising funds for research that will lead to a cure of Duchenne muscular dystrophy and to increase public awareness of the genetic disease. "A Night to Shine" invites the community to spend an evening mingling with celebrity stars from the worlds of science, media, sports, entertainment and politics, while enjoying delectable fare and delicious cocktail as delightful live music fills the ballrooms with light, classical favorites.

"A Night to Shine" 2013 will make its debut at the Hotel @ The Lafayette's historic, grand ballrooms after three years at the Hauptman Woodward Life Science Building on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus. The event's growing popularity has necessitated a move to provide for additional space to comfortably accommodate all of the supporters and celebrity stars. This year's gala will feature live music by High Horse and themed raffle packages. In addition, the gala will have even more celebrity guest stars attend than the list that attended in 2012, which featured more than 30 popular local celebrities.

"A Night to Shine" will feature benefit auctions with items from both the Buffalo Bills and Buffalo Sabres, as well as numerous items from some of Western New York's favorite restaurants, shops and companies. The event will be brought to a conclusion with a professional auctioneer holding a live auction of unique auction items. Attendees will also be able to participate in a first-class silent auction and a raffle for themed packages, such as technology, sports and wine, with all proceeds from the entire event going toward finding treatments and a cure for Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

Tickets for the event are $75 or $135 per couple, and $80 or $140 at the door. For more information on "A Night to Shine" or learn either how to purchase tickets or make a donation, visit www.suneelslight.org or call 716-504-5761.

Established in 2002, Suneel's Light is a charitable foundation whose namesake is a teenage 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 20s. 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 U.S. 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 about Suneel's Light or Duchenne muscular dystrophy, visit www.suneelslight.org or www.Facebook.com/suneelslight.  

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