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2017 Guess The Grape

A Blind Wine Tasting, Food Pairing and Auction
To Benefit Services to Individuals Who Are Blind and Visually Impaired
Sheila Sweeney & Robert Mueller, Chairs

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Signature Event, Guess the Grape is here!!

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A Blind Wine Tasting, Food Pairing and Auction

To Benefit Services to Individuals Who Are Blind and Visually Impaired   

Sheila Sweeney & Robert Mueller, Chairs

Sommelier Sponsors
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WHEN:              October 14, 2017   6:30pm

WHERE:           Beyond Broadway, 112 Sidney Street • St. Louis

PURPOSE:      To celebrate the work of the Society and to support the services and programs for children and adults with vision loss.

PROGRAM:   As Society’s signature fundraising event, Guess the Grape follows a fun blind tasting format.   Following a champagne reception, three flights of two different wines will be tasted with guests not knowing what wine they are tasting until after each flight. Each flight will be paired with a special chef’s selection to go with the specific wines being tasted. Guests are encouraged to actively participate in choosing both which wine is being tasted as well as which one they prefer.

The evening will be emceed by a local wine Sommeliers Mike Ward of Ward on Wine, and Dave Birkenmeier of Schnucks

TICKETS:     Tickets are on sale now!
Individual ticket – $150     Table of eight – $1,200

DRESS:  Business Casual or Cocktail

Special thanks to our additional sponsors:
Betsy Dow, Mariner Wealth Advisors – St Louis
Ms. Elizabeth Kauffman
Drs. Nanci & James Bobrow
Daniel & Henry Co.
Mr. & Mrs. Ken Musbach
Ward on Wine

Research & Treatment for Retinitis Pigmentosa

With September being Healthy Aging Month, it is interesting to note that research continues to look and find causes of different causes of vision loss and blindness. A new study has shown how changes in a particular gene can lead to blindness in middle age. Researchers from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland have discovered how changes in a gene known as RPGR damages eye cells to cause a disorder known as X-linked retinitis pigmentosa. The condition is incurable and affects night and peripheral vision before gradually causing blindness in middle age.

Although there is no current treatment for this disease or the more common Retinitis Pigmentosa, some research shows that taking certain vitamins, including vitamin A palmitate, may help some people with retinitis pigmentosa. As Retinitis Pigmentosa is passed down genetically, anyone with Retinitis Pigmentosa and planning to have children may want to speak with a genetic counselor to learn about their chance of passing this eye condition on to their children.

Hopefully more discoveries through research such as the latest gene discovery will lead to treatment of these and other eye conditions.  If you or someone you love is losing vision due to an eye disease, please visit your Ophthalmologist and
Dave Ekin, President