Sarasota Opera Partners with Ear Research Foundation

Hear & Now Fundraising Event to take Place at Sarasota Opera House

October 9, 2008

Richard Russell, Director of Marketing
(941) 366-8450 ext. 245

Patricia G. Horwell, Communications Officer
(941) 366-8450 ext. 332

The Ear Research Foundation, Sarasota Opera and Global Financial Private Capital are partnering to raise funds for the Foundation’s community hearing outreach programs on Thursday, November 13, 2008 from 6:30-10:30 p.m.  The 6th Annual Hear & Now fundraising event will take place at the Sarasota Opera House this year.  The evening will feature artists from the Opera’s fall season performing arias, duets and ensemble pieces. 

“The Ear Research Foundation is so grateful to Sarasota Opera for donating their facility and a performance for this year’s fundraising event”, said Jennifer Moss, Executive Director of the Ear Research Foundation. “This opportunity to host “Hear & Now” at the newly renovated Opera House and enable our guests to see an exclusive performance has created a lot of excitement among our board members, donors and sponsors including our presenting sponsor, Global Financial Private Capital.”

Susan T. Danis, Executive Director of Sarasota Opera commented, “We are so pleased to be able to assist with the very important work that the Ear Research Foundation does. It seems natural that an art form that brings pleasure to the ears will donate their talent and efforts to in some small way to help bring that joy to a deserving recipient of the support of the foundation.”

The event starts with a reception and dinner by the bite, followed by a 90-minute performance and presentations by the Ear Research Foundation’s board and President, Herbert Silverstein, MD.  The evening will conclude with dessert & champagne.  

Global Financial Private Capital is the presenting sponsor for the event. Additional sponsors include Sir Speedy Printing, Mattison’s Catering, Sonic Innovations, Law Offices of Dunlap & Moran, Mr. & Mrs. Richard Breske, and SRQ Media Group. Funds raised will support the Ear Research Foundation’s community hearing outreach programs including hearing screenings and follow-up ear care for Sarasota County children as well as the Foundation’s Cochlear Implant program.  

The ticket cost is $150 per person.  Tickets can be purchased from the Sarasota Opera’s box office directly by calling 941-366-8450, ext. 1. Sponsorship information and other event details can be obtained by calling Jennifer Moss at 941-365-0367.