Saget, a well-known actor and a board member of SRF, will be joined by fellow comedians Michael Che, Jim Gaffigan and John Oliver, and by other special guests, according to a press release. The event will be held at Carolines on Broadway, in New York City.
Cool Comedy — Hot Cuisine was created by the SRF to help raise funds and awareness about scleroderma. The event has helped SRF raise funding for innovative research aiming to improve patients’ quality of life. The 2017 event, also hosted by Saget, raised $1.5 million.
In addition to comedy, attendants will enjoy a gourmet multi-course dinner prepared by celebrity chef Susan Feniger, also an SRF Board Member, and by Mary Sue Milliken. Both of these renowned chefs have hosted the Food Network’s Too Hot Tamales and Bravo’s Top Chef Masters.
Sponsorship for this event has come from Actelion Pharmaceuticals and other companies, including Boehringer Ingelheim, Eversheds Sutherland, and Corbus Pharmaceuticals. Other supporters are the Arthur Zimtbaum Foundation, Richard Robbins, Andrew and Violetta Merin, Luke Evnin, Deann Wright, and Anthony and Judy Evnin.
To raise money, the event will have a live auction of VIP passes to new Broadway shows such as the opening night of “The Minutes,” starring Tracey Letts, Armie Hammer, and Jessie Mueller. VIP airfare and hotel tickets to attend the Outside Lands Music Festival in San Francisco, a dinner made by chef Elizabeth Falkner, and a rare wine collection also will be part of the auction.
Sponsorships for the event started at $5,000 and went up to $100,000. There are a limited amount of tickets available for purchase for $500. (Call 415–834–9444 or visit www.srfcure.org.)
The SRF seeks to bring together leading scientists in the scleroderma field to identify its causes and treatments. It was founded in 1987 by Sharon Monsky, a scleroderma patient with a passionate commitment toward advancing research of this disease.
Bob Saget became involved in scleroderma research when he first met Monsky. A few years later, she asked Saget to host a stand-up comedy routine at Cool Comedy — Hot Cuisine. Saget knew very little about scleroderma at the time, but he agreed to do it. After three more years (in 1992), his own sister was diagnosed with scleroderma and eventually died from the disease.
Saget has vowed to spend the rest of his life helping the board of directors at SRF.
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