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Events Around the Nation

The glitz and glamour of Hollywood came to Knoxville for one night at the Tennessee Chapter's first annual Diamonds Are Forever gala, presented by the Knoxville Office's Young Professionals Leadership Committee. John Becker, State Senator Tim Burchett, Allison Beavers, Nancy and David Keith, Rebecca Baker and George McColloch basked in the limelight at the fashionable event.

Emilie Thomas (age 7) and Cassidie Thomas (age 3) are appropriately dressed for the Rainbow Chapter's Time Warner Cable Kick-off to a Cure: Tailgate 2008, an event that combines two of Cleveland's favorite pastimes: football and food. The girls volunteered to sell their home-made beaded bracelets in Cleveland Browns-themed colors and raised more than $1,000. Altogether, the tailgate event raised more than $41,000.

At the South Florida Chapter's blinc Love Affair event, guests enjoyed a day of fierce tennis competition before attending an elegant black tie gala that evening. With the night's theme "Love Around the World," guests had the opportunity to pose for a comic caricature in "Paris" and a romantic photo in a gondola in "Venice." Event Chair Peter Hodge, wife Lori and daughter Olivia enjoy the festivities at the event which raised more than $200,000.

Chad Lewis, former Philadelphia Eagle, poses for a quick picture with Hailey Hillyard as he accepts the annual Love to Breathe Award at the Ninth Annual Taste of Salt Lake in honor of his commitment to the Foundation. Lewis recently became involved with the Utah Chapter by hosting an annual celebrity golf tournament to benefit CF.

At the Sooner Chapter's annual Directors Awards Dinner, Board President Jeff West introduces special guest speaker Lo Detrich. Detrich, the chapter's goodwill ambassador, received her second double lung transplant in September 2007.

In 1999, Sean and Christine McCarthy created a GREAT STRIDES walk team, "Beth's Friends," named for Sean's sister Beth, who later lost her battle with CF. In 2001, they expanded their diligent efforts on behalf of the CF Foundation, founding the Hopkinton Golf Tournament in Beth's memory. Sean, challenged by CF himself, and Christine, later challenged by cancer, were awarded the Hope in Action Award, at the Massachusetts Chapter's annual A Celebration of Heroes dinner. Jennifer Landis Black of the Francis Hayes Family Foundation presents the award to Sean and Christine.