SAN FRANCISCO, May 31, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Bob Saget will once again host Cool Comedy – Hot Cuisine, the Scleroderma Research Foundation's (SRF) signature benefit, Tue., June 7 at the historic Fairmont Hotel. Saget, an SRF Board Member who lost his sister to scleroderma, will be joined in the fundraising effort for this often life-threatening disease by comedians Bill Bellamy and George Lopez, along with special musical guest the Goo Goo Dolls.
Presented by Actelion Pharmaceuticals, Cool Comedy – Hot Cuisine benefits the Scleroderma Research Foundation — the nation's leading nonprofit investor in medical research to find improved therapies and a cure for people living with scleroderma. The "Hot Cuisine" for the evening will be provided by celebrity chefs and restaurateurs Susan Feniger, also an SRF Board Member, and Mary Sue Milliken (both Bravo TV's Top Chef Masters) who will prepare a multi-course dinner featuring dishes from their highly acclaimed Border Grill Restaurants.
"Thanks to advances that the SRF is making possible, patients are living longer, fuller lives," says Saget. "It is a direct result of the funds raised at Cool Comedy – Hot Cuisine that our progress is possible, and I am honored to be able to give back to the community in this way."
The success of Cool Comedy – Hot Cuisine events held in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Las Vegas and New York has raised considerable awareness for scleroderma and enabled the Scleroderma Research Foundation to continue funding the innovative research that will bring hope and help improve the quality of life for patients suffering from this debilitating disease. Since its founding in 1987, the Foundation has taken a collaborative approach, bringing together some of the brightest minds in science to unravel the mystery of this complex autoimmune disease.
The word scleroderma literally means "hard skin," but the disease is much more than that, often affecting the internal organs with life-threatening consequences. In some cases, the joints and muscles are affected, resulting in severe pain and limited mobility. Vascular damage due to scleroderma can result in loss of fingers, toes and entire limbs.
Cool Comedy – Hot Cuisine will include a cocktail reception, dinner, stand-up comedy and a musical performance by the Goo Goo Dolls. There will also be a live auction featuring unique packages, such as a premium sporting event experience: attend the Super Bowl, enjoy a Golden State Warriors game (with courtside shoot-around), root for the 49ers, and catch both the Giants and the A's in style. Other packages include a dinner prepared in your home by 2016 Female Chef of the Year Dominique Crenn, and the opportunity to fly first-class to New York to attend the 2016 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show and After-Party.
Tickets for Cool Comedy – Hot Cuisine start at $250 with premium seats for $500, $1,000 and $2,500; tables of ten are available for $5,000; $10,000 and $25,000. All monies raised benefit the Scleroderma Research Foundation. Advance reservations are required.
For more information, call (800) 441-CURE or visit www.sclerodermaRESEARCH.org.
More about Scleroderma and the Scleroderma Research Foundation:
The symptoms and severity of scleroderma vary from one person to another and the course of the disease is often unpredictable. Women are disproportionately affected with scleroderma (representing four out of five patients), usually striking in the prime of their lives, between the ages of 20 and 50; however, children and men of all ages and across all ethnic boundaries can also be affected.
Today, there is no way to prevent scleroderma and there is no cure. Treatments are available for some but not all of the most serious complications. However, with a research program led by a world-class Scientific Advisory Board the SRF is bringing new hope for patients. The continued success of the Scleroderma Research Foundation is entirely dependent upon charitable gifts from individuals and corporations. Dr. Fredrick Wigley, Director of the Johns Hopkins Scleroderma Center states in the Project Scleroderma video, "the SRF has made an incredible difference, and I am absolutely convinced with the right support there is nothing that can't be done."
The SRF was established in San Francisco in 1987 by scleroderma patient Sharon Monsky. The Foundation began with a passionate commitment that lives on today: to use the power of collaborative medical research to advance a cure for scleroderma. Chaired by Luke Evnin, Ph.D., managing partner of MPM Capital, a dedicated investor in life sciences, the Foundation is enabling scientists from leading institutions across the nation and around the world to work together and develop an understanding of how the disease begins, how it progresses and what can be done to slow, halt or reverse the disease process.
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SOURCE Scleroderma Research Foundation