The 27th annual Cystic Fibrosis Gala unfolded at The Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa, drawing a sellout crowd of 440 donors and raising an impressive $731,000 net for cystic fibrosis research and care.
Chaired by Dan and Gayle Demsher with support from gala committee members Karen Hall, Nancy Mallory, Katie Horwich, Dean Gerrie, Danni Good, Gail Isen, Stephanie Kahle, Helen Johnson and C.F. Guild President Sue Hook, the party was one of the best in recent memory.
The June 5 evening affair greeted the crowd with the ever-popular Martini Bar and silent auction bidding. The Marriott served a multicourse dinner punctuated by entertainment courtesy of master of ceremonies Shawn Parr, radio host from KKGO Radio, and an emotional tribute from Stacy Motenko, 23, a young lady fighting C.F.
Motenko shared her challenge during this past year of coming to grips with the loss of her dear friend Emily Haager, also suffering from C.F.