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Birmingham, AL, 35242
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Alabama Chapter

CF Championship Challenge

Event Overview


CF Championship Challenge

August 24, 2012
6:30 PM
Cahaba Grand Conference Center
3660 Grandview Parkway
Birmingham, AL 35243

Paul Finebaum
Event Speaker
Paul Finebaum
Rick Karle
Rick Karle

Click here to listen to an interview with Paul Tombrello, Alabama Chapter Board Chairman, about the CF Championship Challenge!

The CF Championship Challenge is a new, annual fundraising program designed to leverage university rivalries in a donation competition to raise funds for Cystic Fibrosis research. Each year’s winner will have its school’s name engraved on the prestigious CF Championship Challenge Cup – an actual trophy of significant size, substance and actual value. With the past 3 BCS Champions in the state of Alabama, this is the time to build on that tradition with a very special event.

Our inaugural event, on August 24, 2012, will feature noted sports writer and host of the Finebaum Radio Network, Paul Finebaum. Paul Finebaum has been the leading authority in Southern sports for over 20 years, writing and commentating on regional and national sports issues. His syndicated radio show is heard throughout the Southeast and his column in the Mobile Register appears in countless newspapers around Alabama. A weekly contributor for Fox 6 Sports (WBRC-TV) in Birmingham, he’s also seen regularly on national networks like ESPN, CNN, MSNBC, FOX NEWS, HBO and Court TV.

In 2002, Paul was named by The Tennessean in Nashville as “One of the Southeastern Conference’s Top Power Brokers.” The New York Times in 2003 described Finebaum as “the state’s most influential sports columnist and talk show host.” In 2004, Sports Illustrated named The Finebaum Network as “one of the nation’s top 12 sports radio shows.” In July of 2009, The Orlando Sentinel named Finebaum as one of the SEC’s 10 most powerful people. As ringmaster of the free-wheeling Finebaum Show, Paul knows his stuff, and will bring his own special take on the upcoming football season to the CF Championship Challenge.

Presented in a festive gala setting, alumni and supporters will compete by challenging fans of their respective sports programs to offer donations for CF research. Team spirit, competition, team rivalry will all be encouraged to motivate team members and the public to maximize donations among all participants. Funds will be raised through sponsorships, and by selling gala tickets, team-sponsored tables, and general donations to the cause, plus a silent auction.

The gala theme will be football oriented, and although not necessarily limited to University of Alabama and Auburn University, will lean heavily on that rivalry. Donations will be maximized through the “Iron Bowl” spirit of competition, with the winner being determined by which “team” raises the most money for Cystic Fibrosis.

For more information, please contact Elaine Chambless at
205-870-8565 or

Important note on attendance for people with CF and their families:
The health and well-being of people with cystic fibrosis is our top priority. Medical evidence shows that certain bacteria can be passed between individuals who have CF and can lead to worse symptoms and speed decline in lung function. To limit the serious risk of cross-infection between people with CF, only one person with CF may be invited to attend the indoor portion of each CF Foundation-sponsored event.  For the outdoor portion of the event, people with CF should maintain a distance of at least 6 feet from each other.

Please note: People with CF and their families should be aware that individuals with CF might choose to attend Foundation events or meetings without notifying event organizers. We strongly discourage this; however, we cannot guarantee that only one person with CF will be present at any indoor Foundation event. For more information, please call your local chapter.

To participate:

Sponsorship Opportunities 

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Presenting Sponsor:
Medical Properties Trust


Kickoff Sponsor:
Beasley, Allen, Crow, Methvin, Portis & Miles, P.C.

Beasley Allen Crow Methvin Portis and Miles

First Down Sponsor:


Alfa Health
Alfa Health


Cadence Bank
Cadence Bank