More Than 220 Attend Annual Wine Tasting Event To Raise Over $30,000

HARTFORD, Conn. - More than 220 guests attended the National MS Society, Connecticut Chapter's second annual A Taste of Hope held Thursday, Feb. 7, at ON20 in Hartford.

Frank GibneyThe wine and gourmet food tasting raised more than $30,000 to benefit those in Connecticut battling the potentially debilitating effects of multiple sclerosis (MS), a disease affecting the central nervous system.

Co-hosted by the Connecticut Lodging & Restaurant Associations, the event featured fine wine and sumptuous cuisine prepared by some of Connecticut’s most renowned chefs.

"The funds raised by this event will enhance quality of life for many," said Kristen Mauro, event coordinator. "The proceeds from this exciting event will benefit the Connecticut Chapter Care Management Program. This program was established to help the most vulnerable those with MS struggling to care for themselves, who at the same time are trying to navigate complex economic and healthcare-related resources."

Wine TastingThe wine tasting event included culinary delicacies prepared by chefs from Connecticut’s premier restaurants and chefs, including ON20 and chef Noel Jones, Grants and chef Billy Grant, Max Amore and chef Ted Burnett, One State Street Café and chef Bryan Hickey, The Tavern Downtown and chef Power Minor and The Woodward House and chef Jerry Reveron. Featured wines include a Cellar 8 merlot, a Chalone cabernet sauvignon, a Sterling sauvignon blanc and a Deloach chardonnay. Desserts were provided by The Hawthorne Inn.

For more information on the Connecticut Chapter Care Management Program, please e-mail For a complete listing of chapter events, please visit


CUTLINE 2017: Frank Gibney, The Gibney Family Foundation, speaks to guests at the 2008 A Taste of Hope event held at ON20 in Hartford Thursday, Feb. 7. The Gibney Family Foundation contributed a $15,000. The event raised more than $30,000 to benefit the National MS Society, Connecticut Chapter Care Management Program.


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