The Maher family of Sherman will present its 13th annual “Huntington's Disease Benefit Dinner: The Fred Maher's Family Journey” June 2 from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Bantam Fire Department, 92 Doyle Road.

Melinda Maher organized the first dinner as her senior project at Shepaug Valley High School in Washington in 2006.

Maher's father, Fred, died of Huntington's disease in 2008 (visit www.fmfjourney.com).

Tickets to the dinner are $35 and $325 for a table of 10 in advance. Tickets will be $40 for adults and $15 for children 2 to 10 at the door.

Proceeds will be donated to the UCONN Foundation for research and family support at the UCONN Huntington's Disease Program.

The dinner has raised more than $122,860 over the past 10 years.

Once considered a rare disease, Huntington's disease is now one of the most common hereditary diseases.

Huntington's Disease is a neurodegenerative disease which gradually destroys neurons in the brain and results in deterioration in mental ability and physical control. Huntington's is caused by a genetic mutation in the huntingtin gene.

HD generally presents symptoms between the ages of 30 and 50, although there is a juvenile form that affects children and young adults.

For more information and tickets, call Maher at 203-241-9216 or email fmfjourney@gmail.com.