Honorees of the Arizona Chapter’s AZ’s Finest event embraced the CF Foundation’s mission to find a cure and helped raise $290,000.
Today’s emerging business leaders are commanding boardrooms and brokering high-profile business deals, but many also want to leave their mark on the community. The CF Foundation’s young professionals program gives them this opportunity—a chance to become key players in the fight against cystic fibrosis.
As members of the Young Professionals Leadership Committees (YPLC), volunteers are organizing events that will draw more leaders from business and their local communities to the CF cause. After-work business networking events, wine openers, taste events and “Fifty Finest” affairs are just some of the successful ways they’ve sparked involvement.
In Fort Lauderdale, Fla., a strong 14-person committee has ignited the YPLC effort, organizing a monthly networking event at various local establishments. Each month, more than 200 people receive an e-mail about the upcoming event, which offers guests the chance to meet new friends and make lasting business connections, all while learning about ways to support the Foundation’s mission.
The same committee also planned the Fort Lauderdale Finest Singles Gala to recognize 28 outstanding singles, who pledged to raise at least $2,000 before the June gala. By remaining in constant communication with their honorees and building great media buzz, the committee ensured that each person met their goal. Many, in fact, far exceeded their pledge to help the event raise more than $120,000.
The Arizona Chapter’s AZ’s Finest had similar success, raising more than $290,000. Throughout a five-month fund-raising campaign—beginning with a kick-off party and culminating with an elegant dinner dance—former honorees were paired up with 20 new ones to guide them as they held a host of parties and awareness fund-raisers. The event’s committee met regularly to discuss sponsorship opportunities, plan the final event and to keep each honoree excited and on track to meeting their $3,000 goal. By July 21, honoree Stephanie Cadwell took top honors by raising $110,000.
By reaching out to the up-and-coming business leaders, the young professionals program has found a valuable group of volunteers to lead the charge against cystic fibrosis. “I noticed that after learning about cystic fibrosis, members of AZ’s Finest committee soon adopted the Foundation’s mission to find a cure as one of their own personal missions,” said Barbara Garganta, chair of AZ’s Finest committee. “I think that’s what makes the young professionals program so successful—the people it attracts are those who have shown that they are strong and compassionate leaders not only in the business world but in their communities as well.”
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.
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.