The 28th annual gala in Newport Beach on behalf of cystic fibrosis research and a cure raised an impressive $603,000 net. More than 400 generous guests in early summer black tie and glitter helped to gather the significant sum, via underwriting and auction bidding, at the Newport Beach Marriott Hotel and Spa on June 4. It was a party with purpose and passion.
Each year organizers, led by Cystic Fibrosis Guild of Orange County President Sue Hook, select the recipient of the "Breath of Life Award." It goes to an individual or couple who have demonstrated tremendous support of the CF cause.
The 2011 honor was bestowed upon Perry Daskas, father of a 15-year-old girl fighting the disease. The crowd offered a standing ovation as testament to the dedication of Daskas. More importantly, the applause was a message of hope for his child and for all of those in the audience and beyond the ballroom fighting to overcome the ravages of CF.