End Allergies Together holds event for food allergy research

End Allergies Together (E.A.T.), a nonprofit organization that funds research for food allergies and finding a cure, will host its second annual fund-raising event, “An Evening to EAT,” on Thursday, April 27, from 6-10 p.m., at l’escale restaurant in the Delamar Hotel in Greenwich.

Robert and Merrill Debbs of West Palm Beach, Fla. will be honored with the Courage Award for starting the nonprofit Red Sneakers for Oakley. This fund-raising event includes cocktails, dinner, live auction and entertainment. Dr. Wayne Shreffler of MassGeneral Hospital for Children will speak about food allergy research. Stand-up comedian and Harvard summa cum laude graduate Harrison Greenbaum, who has been featured on NBC’s Last Comic Standing, will perform.

“Food allergies are an epidemic affecting 1 in 12 children in the U.S. and 220 million people globally,” said E.A.T. co-founder Elise Bates (Fairfield, Conn.). “There is a major underinvestment in research to help find better treatments and cures for such a prevalent and serious condition. We started E.A.T. to change that, and we channel 100 percent of net proceeds directly to scientists so we can accelerate cures.”

The Debbs are the founders of Red Sneakers for Oakley, a non-profit dedicated to raising awareness about asthma and food allergies, specifically nut allergies, through the creation of educational programs and community outreach. In November 2016, they lost their 11-year-old son, Oakley, when he suffered a fatal anaphylactic reaction from a previously diagnosed mild nut allergy.

“We are so pleased that E.A.T. is honoring our efforts to raise food allergy awareness in memory of Oakley. Many children die needlessly each year because of a lack of education about anaphylaxis,” said Robert Debbs.

“It’s very special for me to be back in (Greenwich), where I grew up, raising awareness for this terrible epidemic,” added Merrill Debbs.

Dr. Wayne Shreffler, the chief of Pediatric Allergy and Immunology and the director of Food Allergy Center at MassGeneral Hospital for Children, will be the featured speaker to discuss the current state of food allergy research.

Harrison Greenbaum has quickly become one of the most in-demand comedians performing in more than 600 shows a year and thus leading both Time Out New York and the NY Daily News to call him “the hardest-working man in comedy.” Harrison brings his unique style of comedy to audiences across the country and around the world.

The proceeds from the event will fund food allergy research and scientists seeking cures.

The host committee for “An Evening to EAT” are Bonnie Ackerman (Rye Brook, N.Y.), Elise Bates (Fairfield, Conn.), Bridgett di Bonaventura (Fairfield, Conn.), Lauren Goldberg Weston, Conn.), Kim Hall (New Canaan, Conn.), Ellen-Jane Moss (Greenwich, Conn.), Leslie Noland (Fairfield, Conn.), Jackie Ourman (Irvington, N.Y.), and Bonnie Weinbach (Larchmont, N.Y.).           

Tickets start at $175 for individuals; $2,500 for tables. To purchase tickets online, visit EndAllergiesTogether.com/Greenwich.

About End Allergies Together (E.A.T.)

End Allergies Together (E.A.T.) is a 501c(3) nonprofit organization solely focused on raising money for promising food allergy research. One hundred percent of net proceeds go directly to the researchers dedicated to finding answers for this growing epidemic. Co-founders Kim Hall and Elise Bates wanted to make a change after raising kids who both suffer from life-threatening food allergies. More than 17 million Americans are affected by food allergies. For more information regarding the E.A.T. fundraiser, or the organization itself, visit EndAllergiesTogether.com.

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