Great Strides 2007
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Events Around the Nation

Guest Gary Lessing happily accepts the keys to his brand new Mercedes-Benz after hitting a much talked about hole-in-one during the Oregon Chapter’s Bob Gilder’s Platt Golf Challenge in August. The tournament drew more than 270 CF Foundation supporters to the splendid Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club near Portland and raised $300,00

In May, Betty Robinson, a member of the Sooner Chapter’s board, Mark D’Arcy and Jean Boyd joined more than 180 golfers at the Cedar Ridge Country Club for the Sooner Chapter’s CF Tom Boyd Memorial Golf Classic. Named after the late Tom Boyd, who served on the CF Foundation’s Board of Trustees, the “shamble” golf tournament raised $145,000.

Arthur Weiss, son of longtime volunteer Mary Weiss, loved exotic cars and great music. After he passed away at 36, his friends created Arthur’s Jam to celebrate his life—complete with vintage cars and jamming music. In its 12th year, the Florida Chapter – Palm Beach Office’s event, chaired by Jack and Julie Fiedor, returned to Ragtops Motorcars in October and brought in $150,000.


Nearly 90 percent of every dollar of revenue raised through the CF Foundation is available for investment in vital CF programs to support research, care and education programs.

Fifteen-year-old Matt Hennessey (second from right, with friends Robbie Ballinger, Steve Zid and Danny Trotier) spoke about his life with CF during the Central Ohio Chapter’s “Fore-Love” Golf & Tennis Outing. The event’s 350 guests gathered at the Brookside Golf Country Club in September for a fabulous day of tennis, golf and dinner, and helped bring in $75,000 to benefit the CF Foundation.

After participating in CureFinders®, students at Loara Elementary School in Anaheim, Calif., won a fun pizza party generously donated by long-standing CF Foundation partner BJ’s Restaurants. Hand-delivering the pizza were BJ’s Restaurants executives, including (l to r) Paul Motenko, chairman, Rob DeLiema, president, Bob Salessi, general manager, and Josh Ruiz, manager.

In a fierce, but friendly coin war, students from Ocosta Elementary, Junior and Senior High School competed to collect the most money for CF. Elementary school teacher Liisa Waara, mother of 6-year-old Evan, who has CF, celebrated the win for raising $4,500 for research. Pictured with Liisa is husband Carl and Seattle Seahawks kicker Josh Brown (left), who visits the Washington Chapter’s top CureFinders® fund-raising school each year.

Showing perfect form, golfing legend Johnny Miller taught a swing clinic for the 175 guests of the Utah Chapter’s Chad Lewis Celebrity Golf Classic. Held in May at the Hidden Valley Country Club in Sandy, Utah, the event raised more than $85,000 for the CF Foundation.

Mark Your Calendars Now for Great Strides 2007

Save the date, spread the word, start brainstorming... It's time to think GREAT STRIDES 2008!

Mark the weekend of May 17-18, 2008 on your calendars today. It's not too early to begin thinking about new ways to rev up your GREAT STRIDES events and ensure that 2008 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 2007. Your tremendous efforts take us closer to a cure. Special thanks to Outstanding Corporate Partner American Airlines® and National Corporate Partners Novartis, Gilead Sciences, Solvay Pharmaceuticals, Airgas Puritan Medical and Foresters for their support.