ARCA receives federal money for its research and some money from pharmaceutical companies for specific research, but not enough money to cover general operating expenses, Thompson said.
That’s why it’s important to hold fundraisers. ARCA’s largest fundraiser, Uncork A Cure, is set for April 28 at The Foundry at Puritan Mill. The event is “critical” in ensuring ARCA’s future, Thompson said.
“The money raised all goes to support our research. Having the support of unrestricted funds is needed for the critical infrastructure support for our clinical trials,” Thompson said.
This year marks the 21st annual Uncork A Cure event. It is expected to draw more than 700 people. Distributors and restaurants donate all the wine and food, so the money raised can go back to fully support ARCA’s mission.
The event includes a silent auction and this year for the first time a live auction. There will also be a red carpet with photographers taking pictures as people arrive. This year’s emcee is India Hines of AM 1570 WIGO.
Money raised from Uncork A Cure also goes to fund ARCA’s free HIV testing program.
“This is a terrific night for wine and food and it’s all for good cause,” Thompson said.
Top photo: Wine and food are on tap for ARCA’s Uncork a Cure fundraiser. (by Dyana Bagby)