Winery to host dance-till-you-drop fundraiser

A fun-filled, dance-till-you-drop event will be held on Saturday, May 7, at the Galer Estate Winery & Vineyard.

The Galer Estate

The Galer Estate Winery & Vineyard will host a fundraiser benefitting the Dravet Syndrome Foundation on Saturday, May 7.

The 21-and-over event, which will feature a performance by The Pharmers, a local punk-rock band, will raise money for the Dravet Syndrome Foundation. The syndrome, also known as Severe Myoclonic Epilepsy of Infancy (SMEI), is a rare and catastrophic form of intractable epilepsy that begins in infancy, resulting in a debilitating, lifelong condition that can severely impede one’s quality of life.

The mission of the Dravet Syndrome Foundation (DSF) is to raise research funds for Dravet syndrome and related epilepsies, to increase awareness of these catastrophic conditions, and to provide support to affected individuals and families, according to the foundation’s website.

The Pharmers will perform on Saturday, May 7, at the Galer Estate Winery & Vineyard.

The Pharmers will perform on Saturday, May 7, at the Galer Estate Winery & Vineyard.

Brad Galer, who co-owns the winery with his wife, artist Lele Galer, knows the condition well. He’s the chief medical officer for Zogenix, which is working on a drug for Dravet Syndrome. He’s also a member of The Pharmers, a group comprised of area colleagues from the pharmaceutical industry. “It’s going to be a great time,” he said, promising the kind of energetic music that will get the audience on its feet.

The event will begin at 7:30 p.m. The Pharmers are scheduled to take the stage from 8 to 9:15 p.m. Space is limited, so advance RSVPs are requested. Admission is free, but donations will be accepted. Wine will be available for purchase, and free appetizers will be served. Fifty percent of the proceeds from drink purchases will benefit the foundation, Galer said.

In addition, the event will offer a silent auction featuring the work of several local artists. Artworks will be on display at the winery starting on Thursday, May 5.

The Galer Estate Winery & Vineyard is located at 700 Folly Hill Road in Kennett Square, near Longwood Gardens. For more information, visit http://www.galerestate.com/#!winery-events-1/ojkx5 or http://www.dravetfoundation.org/archives/events/2016-banding-together-for-dravet#sthash.aR189csT.dpuf.

 

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