Dallas Wine Opener Raises More Than $200,000
January 12, 2007
Against the backdrop of some of the country’s finest contemporary art, the Northeast Texas Chapter’sDallas Wine Opener raised more than $200,000 for the fight against cystic fibrosis.
Dallas Wine Opener committee members Chris Peterie, Matt Luedtke and Matt Elmore helped organize a wonderful evening in support of the CF Foundation.
Held on December 1 at Dunn and Brown Contemporary Art Gallery in Dallas, the wine tasting event drew more than 400 guests excited to take in the latest modern art and sample an array of delectable wines, all while raising money for CF research. Many also took advantage of the great shopping offered during the live auction. Up for grabs were luxurious travel packages to California and Palm Beach, Fla., as well as a popular Holiday Memories photo package.
Katie Bieler, a 13-year-old girl with CF, struck a chord with the crowd with her courageous Bid for a Cure speech. She spoke about her daily treatments for cystic fibrosis and her love of swimming. She reminded guests that their support is helping fund CF research to extend the quality and length of life of people living with the disease.
Volunteer Paul Jackson noted of the event, “Through educational awareness of the fight to cure cystic fibrosis and inspirational appreciation for fine wine and food, the Dallas Wine Opener truly energizes the greater Dallas community.”
Special thanks go to event chairs Paige Prestidge, Hannah Ferguson and Searcy Ferguson; corporate sponsors American Airlines®, The Rosewood Corporation, the Pogue Foundation and D Magazine; and volunteers Dr. and Mrs. Claude Prestidge, Paul and Melanie Jackson, Matt and Mandy Elmore, Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Ford, and Mr. and Mrs. Bill Bowman.