NORTH ATTLEBORO - New Hope's seventh annual Moonlit Wine, Beer and Food Tasting is just around the corner, and there are still tickets available, at $50 each, for the fundraiser.

The event will be held at Briggs Garden and Home on 295 Kelley Blvd. in North Attleboro at 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 24, with all proceeds going to the non-profit agency's services and programs for women and families affected by domestic and sexual violence.

The evening promises a night of sampling 50 fine wines, 25 craft beers, local cuisine, live music provided by Gay Barboza and a live auction hosted by comedian David DiLorenza.

"It's a fabulous evening out in support of a great cause. We look forward to a delicious evening filled with friendship, partnership and inspiration," said New Hope Interim Executive Director Marcia Szymanski.

As in past years, one of the highlights of the event in addition to the gourmet food and beverages, will be the live auction. This year's items will include: a Walt Disney World vacation; an overnight stay in Boston, including tickets to the Boston Ballet; New-England-themed sports memorabilia and tickets; and golf outings.

All guests will receive a souvenir wine glass, compliments of Nelson Family Dental.

In the spirit of the upcoming Valentine's Day holiday, guests will be able to create a valentine for a loved one or a survivor. Guests can show their love and support with these "Messages of Hope."

"It's a fun activity. It's something a little different," said Ellayna Ungureanu, development and marketing associate.

The Wine, Beer and Food Tasting is one of the agency's three major fundraisers of the year. The Gourmet Guys Chefs event in November and the Highlights of Hope Breakfast in May are the others.

The event would not be possible, says Szymanski, without the community's support.

"Now in its seventh year, Wine, Beer and Food is made possible by the generous contributions of our local sponsors, donors, volunteers and community champions. We are so grateful for their commitment to New Hope and our mission of 'Ending Domestic and Sexual Violence in Our Community,'" said Szymanski.

Tickets are $50 per person and are available by contacting New Hope at 508-226-4015, or online at

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