Breath of Life Gala
Breath of Life Gala to Benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
We hear that more than 300 esteemed guests are expected to attend the Breath of Life Gala at the Four Seasons this month, one of the most important fund-raising events of the year! It should be an exciting evening for an important cause, and promises a special perk for fans of Glee — they will be auctioning four behind-the-scenes passes to a taping of the show!
The black-tie event, occurring Saturday, October 30, 2010, will raise an estimated $200,000 to support the mission of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
Readers of San Francisco Luxury Living are invited to attend the gala, which is being chaired by Margo Hays in support of the Northern California Chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
WHAT: Breath of Life Gala
WHEN: Saturday, October 30, 2010, 6:30 PM
WHERE: Four Seasons Hotel, 757 Market Street, San Francisco
TICKETS: $250.00, by calling 415.989.6500
The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation will be honoring Dr. Bruce Montgomery, Senior Advisor of Gilead Sciences, Inc. Dr. Montgomery has played an integral role in the therapeutics development of drugs for CF patients over the last two decades. He was instrumental in helping obtain approval for Cayston, a treatment to improve respiratory symptoms in CF patients with Pseudomonas aeruginosa. He has also managed the development of inhaled tobramycin as well as helped Genetech Inc. develop pulmozyme, another treatment for CF.
Presented by A-Med Health Care, a pharmacy dedicated to serving patients living with Cystic Fibrosis, the evening will begin with a 6:30 reception, followed by dinner, live auction, presentation of the “Breath of Life Award” to Dr. Montgomery, and casino style games and entertainment by jazz sensation Jacqui Naylor. A silent auction will also be available throughout the evening.
The live auction items include the ultimate Masters golf experience, including transportation and accommodations for two along with two tournament badges for one Championship round; a London Showbiz Getaway for two at the Soho Hotel, dinner at the London’s most exclusive private members’ club, The Ivy; seven nights at a gorgeous 4500 square foot La Quinta vacation home; and the special highlight for certain TV fans: Four behind-the-scenes passes to a taping of the hit show “Glee”!
When the Foundation was established in 1955, children with CF were not expected to live long enough to attend elementary school. Due in large part to the Foundation’s aggressive investments in innovative research and comprehensive care, the predicted median survival age for people with this disease is now more than 37 years.
In 1989, CF Foundation-supported scientists discovered the defective gene that causes cystic fibrosis-a monumental breakthrough on the road to a cure.
The Foundation has played an integral role in the development and FDA approval of four therapies that are now a routine part of treatment regimens for many with CF. The Foundation is actively supporting more than 30 potential new treatments currently in development- that’s more than in the entire history of the disease.
About Cystic Fibrosis
Cystic fibrosis is an inherited chronic disease that affects the lungs and digestive system of about 30,000 children and adults in the U.S. A defective gene and its protein product cause the body to produce unusually thick, sticky mucus that clogs the lungs and leads to life-threatening lung infections; and obstructs the pancreas and stops natural enzymes from helping the body break down and absorb food.