NORTH ATTLEBORO - New Hope has a cure for the New England winter doldrums - a night out with friends and the community to support a good cause at the agency's Eighth Annual Moonlit Wine, Beer and Food Tasting. The event will take place at Briggs Garden & Home at 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 30.

"New Hope is thrilled to be hosting this for the eighth year. Like Gourmet Guys, it's an event that has become part of the community," said Lori Sousa, the vice president of marketing and development. "People look forward to not only supporting New Hope, but having something fun to do in the middle of winter."

Wine, Beer and Food transforms the greenhouse at Briggs into a starlit terrace, where guests sample fine wines, craft beer and dishes from the area's best restaurants.

All proceeds from the event will benefit New Hope's programs and services for survivors of domestic and sexual violence.

Participating restaurants to date will include: will include: Antonia's Italian Cuisine (Mansfield); Barrett's Ale House (Attleboro); Bertucci's (North Attleboro); Edible Arrangements (Foxboro); Not Your Average Joe's (Seekonk); Papagallo Restaurant (Attleboro), Red Stone Grill (North Attleboro); The Curry House (Franklin); Table at 10 (North Attleboro); and Tavolino's (Foxboro).

Wines will be provided by Route 106 Wines & Spirits and guests will receive a complimentary souvenir wine glass.

The event also will feature a program including live music from singer/songwriter Gay Barboza, a raffle for $200 in Mass Lottery scratch tickets and a silent auction including: dinner for four prepared by state Rep. Paul Heroux, D-Attleboro; and many more items.

"It's all about the wine, beer, food and friends this year," Sousa said.

"We have some really great prizes including Red Sox box tickets and several weekend trips, including a getaway to North Conway, New Hampshire," Sousa said.

The Wine, Beer and Food Tasting is one of New Hope's major fundraisers of the year.

"The demand continues to increase for certain programs and fundraisers like the Wine, Beer and Food event help New Hope to continue to do what we do," Sousa said.

New Hope relies on the generosity of the community for fundraisers like this as well as to continue its mission of "Ending domestic and sexual violence in our community."

"We are so acutely aware and grateful for the support we get from the community through sponsorships, volunteers and attendance at events," Sousa said.

Tickets are $50 per person and are available for purchase online through the New Hope website - new-hope.org - or at the office at 140 Park St., in Attleboro weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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