Advocates present Mystery, Malt and Merlot April 12

The 21st annual Mystery, Malt and Merlot, featuring live and silent auctions, local craft beer and wine tastings, dinner, a mystery to solve and more will be presented by Advocates for Upstate Medical University Friday, April 12 beginning at 5:30 p.m. in the Ballroom at Nicholas J. Pirro Convention Center at Oncenter Complex, 800 S. State St., Syracuse. Proceeds from the event will benefit Upstate Medical University’s Clark Burn Center and the Upstate Trauma, Burn and Emergency Medicine EMS Program.

“We invite Central New Yorkers to join us for this wonderful event that offers a fun way to mingle, to solve a mystery and the opportunity to win our mystery gift,” said Event Chair Barbara LaBarge. “Attendees will enjoy a delicious dinner that includes vegetarian and gluten-free options and bid on a myriad of quality items, including artwork, attractions, products and services and selections of the region’s finest wines and brews. Among the auction items are works by local artists and artisans that will be displayed in an Art Walk.”

Proceeds benefitting Clark Burn Center will be used to purchase items to aid in the emotional and mental recovery process for pediatric and adult burn patients, such as pictured mirrors, CD players, i12Pods and tablets. The region’s only burn center, it serves nearly half of New York state and provides service to 40 counties.

The Upstate EMS Program will use proceeds to support its Prehospital Trauma Life Support Advanced Provider and First Responder courses, to be delivered in local jurisdictions throughout the trauma region. The national awareness campaign from American College of Surgeons, Stop the Bleed, will be included as a course offering. Bleeding simulators will also be purchased for these courses. The Upstate EMS Program delivers the most current training and education for prehospital providers within its 14-county trauma region.

Now in its 21st year, Mystery, Malt and Merlot has provided more than $380,000 to support healthcare and scholarship at Upstate Medical University.

Reservations for Mystery, Malt and Merlot will be accepted through March 29. Tickets are $90 per person; businesses and organizations are invited to take advantage of sponsorship packages.

For ticket or sponsorship information, visit of call 315-464-5610.

Advocates for Upstate Medical University is a volunteer membership organization supporting healthcare and scholarship through fundraising and service.

Caption: Proceeds from Mystery, Malt and Merlot will benefit The Upstate EMS Program and the Clark Burn Center.

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