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Arthritis Foundation to Honor Motown Legend

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The Arthritis Foundation-Inland Empire will host its annual fundraising gala, "the 2008 Taste of the Towns" on Sunday, October 5th from 2 to 6 p.m. at the Riverside Convention Center on the outside plaza area, 3443 Orange St. in historic downtown Riverside, Calif. This year's event promises to be a very memorable celebration, honoring the profession of Rheumatology. An elite guest list including medical professionals, executive board members, sponsors and other special guests are some of who will be in attendance for this unforgettable afternoon of the finest cuisine, wine, and live entertainment - all for a worthy cause.

This year, the Arthritis Foundation-Inland Empire, under the direction of Executive Director Catherine Grinnan, will be paying tribute to the late Melvin Franklin of the Grammy-award winning legendary Temptations (Godfather of Arthritis Foundation Committee member Natasha Ferguson). Franklin died in 1995 as a result of complications from Rheumatoid Arthritis. Special musical guests will be doing a "Sounds of Motown" musical tribute. In addition, attendees will have a rare opportunity to witness local Riverside artist Greg Adamson paint live to music. The finished art piece will be auctioned live at the event.

An estimated 1.3 million Americans suffer from this debilitating disease, which is a chronic inflammatory disease of the joints (it affects adults and children). The 2008 Taste of the Towns is the Inland Empire's premier food and wine tasting event to help raise money for continued research and to assist patients who suffer from this disease. Sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information call (951) 320-1540.

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