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For Immediate Release

Media Contacts:
Kelly Donahue
Arthritis Foundation Great Lakes Region

Katie Greenwald
Hitchcock Fleming & Associates Inc.
330.376.2111, Ext. 6926

Sip and Sample at the 16th Annual Red & White on Thursday Night
Arthritis Foundation’s largest Akron-area event expected to raise more than $100,000 to support local programs, services and research

Akron, Ohio (January 14, 2013) – More than 700 guests are expected to enjoy food from more than 20 area restaurants and 70 global wineries at the 16th Annual Red & White on Thursday Night to benefit the Arthritis Foundation, Great Lakes Region, Northeastern Ohio. The benefit, which won a 2012 Akron Life Magazine charity event award, will take place from 5:30 p.m. until 9 p. m. on January 31, 2013, at a new location - Quaker Station at the Quaker Square Inn in Akron.

arthritis foundationPresented by Akron General, Red & White on Thursday Night will raise essential funds to support local programs and services for people of all ages with arthritis. The event includes silent auction items, a wine bottle raffle, a Las Vegas dice roll game and the “Key to a Cure” live auction.

"This year our goal is to raise more than $100,000, I'm confident that we can do that. What I love about the Arthritis Foundation is that the money will not get sent outside of our state, and patients right here in Akron can benefit from the research and community programming that [the Arthritis Foundation] provides," said Dr. Amy Tucker, Akron General orthopedic surgeon and the event’s Honorary Chair.

Check out an event video produced by Akron General and the Arthritis Foundation:

Tickets are $85 in advance or $95 at the door. VIP tickets, which include general admission and high-end wine tasting from 5:30 until 6:30 p.m., are $125. Corporate sponsorships are still available. For more information call 800.245.2275, ext. 6409.

Delicious cuisine will be served by Bricco, Crave, Hudson’s Restaurant & Catering, The Lockview, Moe’s Restaurant, Eclectic Edibles, Thorpe’s Market Avenue Grill, Bistro on Main, Saffron Patch of Akron, Vaccaro’s Trattoria, D’Agnese’s on White Pond, The University of Akron, The Tavern in Richfield, Cilantro and Piatto NoVo. An exquisite selection of wines will be provided by Bowling Green Beverage, Glazer’s Distributors, RC Distributors, Gregory Graham Wines, The Superior Beverage Group, Tramonte & Sons, Wine Trend and Traderman Distributors.

“Red and White on Thursday Night is a great opportunity for the community to come together and support a great cause while enjoying delicious food and great wine,” said Luke Taylor, event Co-Chair.

Other Red and White on Thursday Night partners include Akron Beacon Journal; OMNOVA; AON; Clear Channel Outdoor; Hitchcock Fleming & Associates Inc. (hfa); The Greenhouse; J.W. Didado Electric Inc.; Meaden & Moore, Ltd; Premier Truck Sales; Roetzel & Andress;Laurel Lake Community; AMHA; Crystal Clinic; Fifth Third Bank; PFI Display; 97.5 WONE/ 94.9 WQMX/ 1590 WAKR/ 107.3 The Wave; Genentech; Mosher; First Energy; Raymond Financial Services and Extendicare.

About the Arthritis Foundation
The Arthritis Foundation ( is committed to raising awareness and reducing the unacceptable impact of arthritis, which strikes one in every five adults and 300,000 children, and is the nation’s leading cause of disability. To conquer this painful, debilitating disease, we support education, research, advocacy and other vital programs and services.

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