Great Strides 2006
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Jacksonville Golfers Have "Time of Their Lives"

Golfers hit world-famous greens to raise money for CF research and care. L to R: Jim McCarthy,
Jim McCarthy, Sr., Luis Riveria, Mike Bansley, Liam Hurley and Jim Peter.

“If you didn’t have cystic fibrosis, what would you most want to do?” people sometimes ask Beth McCarthy. “My response is simple,” she recently told 200 guests at The Lending Group, Inc. 65 Roses® Golf Tournament in St. Augustine, Fla. “I want to read a book to my son at night and never have to cough.”

Helping people with CF attain their dreams was at the heart of the Florida Chapter-Jacksonville Office’s seventh annual golf tournament to benefit the CF Foundation. Organized by Beth’s husband, Jim, CEO and co-founder of The Lending Group, Inc., the May event offered guests the chance to play on the World Golf Village’s famous championship courses, while raising funds for CF research and care.

“It was a magnificent setting,” noted event committee member Jim Ash, president of the Pineapple Corporation. “Playing on a challenging course, meeting old and new friends, our golfers had the time of their lives.”

Event chair, Jim McCarthy, holds close his wife Beth, who has CF, and their son Jimmy.

The tournament featured several contests and team prizes, including weekend getaways, wine and dinner packages, and golf outings. Following the day of golf, guests attended a reception at the World Golf Hall of Fame, where they viewed exhibits celebrating the legacies of the greatest golfers in history.

Overall, the event raised more than $144,000. Claudia Werner, executive director of the Florida Chapter-Jacksonville Office, attributes the success of this year’s event to Jim’s outstanding leadership, the generosity of The Lending Group, Inc., and an outstanding committee who bought into the concept of taking the tournament to the next level and sold the sponsorships to ensure success.

“The Foundation has meant a lot to us over the years,” Jim McCarthy said. “I am pleased to give something back to this wonderful organization and continue helping find a cure for Beth and for all those who have CF.”

Mark Your Calendars Now for Great Strides 2007

Save the date, spread the word, start brainstorming... It's time to think GREAT STRIDES 2007!

Mark the weekend of May 19-20, 2007 on your calendar today. It's not too early to begin thinking about new ways to rev up your GREAT STRIDES events and ensure that 2007 is another record-breaking year for fund-raising on behalf of CF research.

Thank You

The CF Foundation is proud to thank all who participated in GREAT STRIDES 2006. Your tremendous efforts take us closer to a cure. Special thanks to Outstanding Corporate Partner American Airlines® and National Corporate Partner Solvay Pharmaceuticals for their longstanding support.