The 29th annual gala produced by the Cystic Fibrosis Guild welcomed nearly 500 guests to the Newport Beach Marriott Hotel and Spa for a summer soirée. It netted an impressive $535,000 benefiting Cystic Fibrosis research and care.
Gala chairs Dan and Gayle Demsher welcomed the overflow crowd, with Cystic Fibrosis Guild President Sue Hook. She presented the guild's highest honor, the Breath of Life Award, to Susana Huston, Beth and Bob Huston and Helen and Bob Zieman.
The awardees were lauded for their unwavering support of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and its lifesaving efforts. The nonprofit helps those afflicted with the fatal hereditary disease that robs them of their lung and digestive function.
Guild president Hook and her husband, Dave, are among a select group of local citizens who have dedicated their time and their money to seeking a cure and providing care extending the life of those fighting the disease.