Published On: Sun, Apr 20th, 2014

Bob Saget to host the 31st Cool Comedy – Hot Cuisine event this week in San Francisco

Saget heads up the event on behalf of the Scleroderma Research Foundation (SRF.)

Top Chefs And Headlining Comedians Help Cure Scleroderma (2013) / Getty

Bob Saget, often described as one of America’s more ribald comedians” will be showing a more serious side to his nature when he steps up to the rostrum host the 31st  annual  Cool Comedy – Hot Cuisine  to be held at the Palace Hotel in San Francisco on  Wednesday, April 23rd.

Saget, an SRF Board Member, whose recently released autobiography  Dirty Daddy raised a few eyebrows as he described what went on behind the scenes at his long running hit TV show  knows at first hand  the effects of the rare autoimmune disease, having lost his sister Gay Saget to Scleroderma twenty five years ago.

Since then Bob has been intensively involved in increasing awareness of  Scleroderma as well as being a key figure in SRF’s   fund raising efforts. Joining Bob on stage this year  in San Francisco will be well known  radio personality Don Bleu as well as comedians Dana Carvey and Jeff Garlin, while  Grammy Award-winning band, Train will be providing the music.

The “Hot Cuisine”  part of  the evening will come under the expert care of  Susan Feniger and Mary Sue Milliken, both of whom  feature regularly on the  Food Network’s Too Hot Tamales as well as  the Top Chef Masters program  on the Bravo Network.

Susan Feniger and Mary Sue Milliken will be preparing a  five-course meal for the guests at the fundraiser,  featuring popular dishes from their West Coast   based chain of  Border Grill Restaurants.

The Cool Comedy – Hot Cuisine will be presented under the financial auspices of Swiss-based pharmaceutical company Actelion, who specialize in the development of medicines  to help sufferers of  pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH), one of the most deadly complications of Scleroderma.

The  board of the Scleroderma Research Foundation (SRF),  which is America’s primary  non- profit body, involved in medical research to find a cure for Scleroderma is headed by Luke Evnin, Ph.D,  managing partner at MPM Capital, a private equity firm which has invested close to $3 billion in  the life sciences.

In a recent interview Dr. Evnin outlined the importance of SRF’s cooperative approach to research, which  is making it  possible for talented scientists from leading institutions across the nation and around the world to develop an understanding of how scleroderma begins, how it progresses and what can be done to slow, halt or reverse the disease process.

Thanks to Bob Saget, who has witnessed the devastating effects of the diseases, and  Dr. Evening and Susan Feniger, both of whom have been diagnosed as being Scleroderma patients,   the success of Cool Comedy – Hot Cuisine events held in San Francisco, Los Angeles and New York will continue to raise awareness of the disease  as well as  enable the SRF to continue to  fund innovative research, which  will hopefully  to develop new treatment methods  that will not along improve  the quality of life for patients, but also substantially prolong it.

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