GREENWICH, Conn. – Dana’s Angels Research Trust, a Greenwich-based nonprofit fighting for a cure for the rare and fatal Niemann-Pick Type C disease, is gearing up for its annual DART Gala in Stamford.
Seven-time Grammy Award-winner Gladys Knight will headline the benefit and concert scheduled for Saturday, May 30, at the Palace Theatre in Stamford.
The gala, once again hosted by Kathie Lee and Frank Gifford of Greenwich, will kick off with a cocktail reception, featuring a pasta bar by RAO’s Italian Restaurant, as well as silent and live auctions.
“DART is thrilled to have the Empress of Soul, Gladys Knight, headline this year’s Gala Benefit and concert,” said Phil and Andrea Marella, founders of Dana’s Angels Research Trust. “To have an artist with the range of talent and musical genres such as Gladys Knight is a real honor. Ms. Knight is a passionate humanitarian and philanthropist and we are so excited to have her perform."
DART's fourth drug trial launched at the National Institutes of Health late last year, and its third and most promising drug trial, also at the NIH, should enter its final phase this summer, the nonprofit said in a statement.
Two of the Marella’s four children, Dana and Andrew, were afflicted with NPC. Dana, 19, died in the summer of 2013. Andrew, now 15, is relatively stable, although with the death of his sister, he started having seizures. Andrew has benefited from two experimental medications and recently started in the latest drug trial at the NIH, all due in large part to DART’s efforts.
To date, DART has raised $3.5 million toward the search for a cure for NPC.
To learn more about Dana’s Angels Research Trust or to purchase VIP Gala tickets, starting at $350, to the May 30 DART Gala Benefit and Concert, visit www.DanasAngels.Org or www.facebook.com/danasangels.
To purchase concert-only tickets at $50, visit www.PalaceStamford.org or call 203-325-4466.
All proceeds benefit DART.
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